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Mendis, Dickwella hit fifties as Sri Lanka bowled out for 254

Niroshan Dickwella offered resistance with a 69-ball 53.
Niroshan Dickwella offered resistance with a 69-ball 53.
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Sri Lankans 254 (Mendis 66) v
Essex 81-2 (Mickleburgh 42no)
Tour match, Chelmsford, day one

Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella hit fifties and were the only bright spots for the Sri Lankans as they were bowled out for 254 runs in 63 overs on the first day of the tour match against Essex in Chelmsford.

The Sri Lankans won the toss and opted to bat first. The start was quite ordinary as both Kaushal Silva (0) and Dimuth Karunaratne (8) were dismissed inside three overs by Aaron Beard (4-62).

An 88-run stand between Mendis (66) and Dinesh Chandimal (27) added stability to the innings.

Chandimal was dismissed by Jesse Ryder (2-48) in the 22nd over. Angelo Mathews (30) joined with Mendis to add a brief partnership worth 23 runs while seeing out 11.4 overs.

Mendis was caught behind off Beard in the 34th over and two quick wickets followed, reducing the tourists to 155 for six.

Mathews and Dickwella (53) shared a 52-run stand for the seventh wicket and prevented a batting collapse.

However, once the partnership was broken by Ravi Bopara (1-8) in the 52nd over, the Sri Lankans were unable to offer any resistance and were eventually bowled out for 254 runs in 63 over; Beard and Thomas Moore (3-48) shared seven wickets between them.

In reply, Essex started strongly as Nick Browne (28) and Jaik Mickleburgh (42 not out) posted a 78-run opening stand in 22 overs.

Browne hit four boundaries in his 68-ball knock before Dhammika Prasad (1-27) trapped him lbw in the 22nd over.

Moore (3) fell to what was the last ball of the day, castled by Shaminda Eranga (1-22). By the end of the day, Essex had scored 81 for two and were trailing the Sri Lankans by 173 runs.

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