Sri Lanka 411-6 (Samarawickrama 74) v Indian Board President's XI
Tour game, Kolkata, day one
Sri Lanka warmed up for the upcoming series against India with a scintillating batting performance that saw them post 411 for six at stumps on day one of the tour game against Indian Board President's XI at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The two-day game kicked off with the Board President's XI winning the toss and deciding to bowl first. Sadeera Samarawickrama (74) and Dimuth Karunaratne (50 retired hurt) got the team off to a flying start scoring 134 runs off 141 deliveries to set the tone for the innings.
Samarawickrama, who is contention to take the opening role in the series against India went at almost 100 strike-rate scoring 13 boundaries in it. Karunaratne retired after bringing his half-century.
Angelo Mathews (54 retired hurt) making a comeback from a calf injury also looked good during his 93 ball knock. Lahiru Thirimanne (17) was the only player in the top order to miss out but a blistering 59-ball unbeaten knock from Niroshan Dickwella (73 not out) along with Dilruwan Perera's (48) put the visitors in a position of comfort.
Even though late wickets in the day pegged Sri Lanka's momentum a bit, the visitors will take a lot of confidence as they end up posting 411 for six at stumps on day one.
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