England Find Going Tough Against Development XI

England Find Going Tough Against Development XI
England Find Going Tough Against Development XI
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Sri Lanka Development XI 376-5 (Silva 163) v England XI
Tour game, Colombo, day one

Chamara Silva hit a fluent century and there were half-centuries for Thilina Kandamby and Angelo Perera as England were made to work hard on the opening day of their tour game against a Sri Lanka Development XI in Colombo.

The home side closed on 376 for five having taken control after two early wickets had given England the early initiative.

Openers Dilshan Munaweera (19) and Malinda Warnapura (0) were both dismissed by Stuart Broad, who was deemed fit enough to take the field after missing the opening tour game.

Munawaera was bowled and Warnapura was caught by Ravi Bopara.

England were then forced to wait for a long period before gaining their next scalp as Silva (163) and captain Kandamby (64) added 151 for the third wicket.

Silva, a veteran of 11 Tests and 75 One-Day Internationals, faced 180 balls, itting 25 fours and a six while Kandamby played more patiently, facing 139 balls before he was bowled by left-arm spinner Samit Patel.

Silva then joined forces with Perera and added 93 runs before he finally fell when he was caught by Jonathan Trott off Steven Finn.

Perera closed unbeaten on 61 in 112 balls having added another 60 runs with wicket-keeper Kushal Janith (35), who fell when he was trapped in front by Broad.

Kaushal Lokuarachchi was unbeaten on 22.

England's first Test against Sri Lanka begins in Galle on 26th March.

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