Thursday 5 June 2014 

Sri Lankans Enjoy Excellent Day

Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva
Lahiru Thirimanne (left) and Kaushal Silva both hit unbeaten centuries as Sri Lanka piled on the runs
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Sri Lankans 358-3 (Silva 152no) v
Northamptonshire
Tour game, Northampton, day one

Kaushal Silva and Lahiru Thirimanne scored unbeaten centuries as the Sri Lankans scored 358 for three on day one of their four-day tour game against Northamptonshire.

Silva was not out on 152 and Thirimanne on 120 as they shared an unbroken partnership worth 238 after Sri Lanka had been 120 for three in the afternoon session.

Against a Northamptonshire side that sits bottom of the LV= County Championship Division One table, they recovered to bat through the final session without losing a wicket.

They started poorly as Dimuth Karunaratne was caught by Kyle Coetzer off Steven Crook for one in 12 balls.

Silva and Kumar Sangakkara (28) then put on 52 for the second wicket until Sangakkara was caught by Chad Barrett off Coetzer.

After Silva reached his half-century, Mahela Jayawardene looked on course to emulate him only to become Steven Crook's second wicket when on 46.

That was the final breakthrough Northamptonshire made on the day, as Silva and Thirimanne, captaining the side as Angelo Mathews sits this game out, made their bowlers toil.

Silva faced 260 balls, hitting 21 fours and two sixes while Thirimanne, fresh from guiding his side to victory in the fifth One-Day International two days ago, hit 120 in 180 balls with 12 fours and a six.

Crook ended the day with figures of two for 74, Coetzer one for 48 with David Willey, Barrett, Graeme White and Matthew Spriegel going wicketless.

© Cricket World 2014

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Fixtures & Results

20th May: Twenty20 International, The Oval, London
Sri Lanka 183-7 (T Perera 49) beat
England 174-7 (Hales 66) by nine runs
22nd May: 1st ODI, The Kia Oval, London
England 247-6 (Ballance 64, Bell 50) beat
Sri Lanka 144 (Jordan 3-25) by 81 runs (D/L)
25th May: 2nd ODI, EDICG, Chester-le-Street
Sri Lanka 256-8 (Dilshan 88, Gurney 3-59) beat
England 99 (Senanayake 4-13) by 157 runs
28th May: 3rd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 73-0 (Bell 41no, Cook 30no) beat
Sri Lanka 67 (Jordan 5-29) by 10 wickets
31st May: 4th ODI, Lord's, London
Sri Lanka 300-9 (Sangakkara 112, Dilshan 71) beat
England 293-8 (Buttler 121) by seven runs
3rd June: 5th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Sri Lanka 222-4 (Thirimanne 60no) beat
England 219 (Cook 56) by six wickets
12th-16th June: 1st Test, Lord's, London
England 575-9 dec. & 267-8 dec. drew with
Sri Lanka 453 (Sangakkara 147) & 201-9
20th-24th June: 2nd Test, Headingley, Leeds
Sri Lanka 257 & 457 (Mathews 160) beat
England 365 & 249 (Moeen Ali 108no) by 100 runs