Friday 21 March 2008 

Sri Lanka Pile On The Runs In Warm-Up Match

There were centuries for Malinda Warnapura and Tillakaratne Dilshan and five wickets for Rangana Herath as Sri Lanka prepared for the Test series against the West Indies by dominating a drawn warm-up game against the Guyana Board's President's XI at the same Providence Stadium that will host the first Test.

Batting first, Warnapura, who hit 132, added 115 with Michael Vandort (29) for the first wicket before Kumar Sangakkara fell for 22. Mahela Jayawardene narrowly missed out on a century, hitting 99, before Dilshan hit a swift unbeaten 101 and there was an unbeaten 51 for Chamara Silva before the Sri Lankans declared on 492 for six.

The President's XI was then bowled out for 248 with Herath picking up five for 67, Thilan Thushara two for 31 and Nuwan Kulasekera and Muttiah Muralitharan a wicket each. There were half-centuries from Barbadians Jason Haynes and Sharmah Brooks.

Sri Lanka then took advantage of the remaining 63 overs available to make their way to 177 for six in their second innings with Warnapura again in the runs, retiring out as he did in the first innings, on 50.

Chaminda Vaas (40 not out) and Prasanna Jayawardene (36) were promoted to get some batting practice ahead of the first Test.

Guyanese leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo impressed by taking three for 25.

The first Test begins on March 22nd.

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