Dilshan Century Leads Sri Lankan Fightback
CA Chairman's XI 439-6 dec. (Henry 207no) v
Sri Lankans 276-4 (Dilshan 101)
Tour game, Manuka Oval, Canberra
Day One Report
The touring Sri Lankans fought back on day two of their three-day game against the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI through a Tillakaratne Dilshan century in Canberra.
Dilshan retired having reached 101 as the Sri Lankans closed on 276 for four in reply to the Chairman's XI's effort of 439 for six declared.
Scott Henry was unbeaten on 207 in 283 when the Chairman's XI declared having lose the wickets of Travis Head (35) and Sam Whiteman (4), leaving Dean Solway unbeaten on five.
bet365 make Australia 1/6 favourites to win the Test series, the draw is 6/1 and Sri Lanka are 17/2 outsiders.
Dammika Prasad finished with two for 128 while there was a wicket apiece for Chanaka Welagedara, Shaminda Eranga, Suraj Randiv and Nuwan Pradeep.
Sri Lanka then made a strong reply as openers Dilshan (101 in 152 balls) and Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 40, put on 105 for the first wicket, which fell when Karunaratne was dismissed by Ashton Turner.
Dilshan reached his century and retired but Sri Lanka gained useful batting practice ahead of the first Test, which begins in Hobart on 14th December, with Kumar Sangakkara hitting 55 and Mahela Jayawardene 36.
Prasanna Jayawardene was unbeaten on 24 and Dinesh Chandimal had 12 at stumps.
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