Monday, 19 March 2007

Sri Lanka A Take Command Against Bangladesh A

Sri Lanka A dominated the proceedings of the first unofficial test against Bangladesh A at the Colts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo on Monday.

Sri Lanka A captain Thilan Samaraweera and Malinda Warnapura placed Sri Lanka A in a commanding position after scoring magnificent centuries.

The hosts posted 335-2 at close of play with Samaraweera finishing on 129 having received perfect company in Warnapura who remained unbeaten on 177.

Bangladesh A won the toss and asked Sri Lanka A to bat. The tourists got off to a bright start when paceman Nazmul Hossain dismissed openers Michael Vandort (10) and Mahela Udawatte (5) with 22 runs on board.

However, 30-year old Samaraweera, a veteran of 39 Tests and 17 ODIs, and Warnapura dominated the Bangladeshi bowling and prevented any further loss of wickets.

The two added 313 runs for the unbroken third wicket with Samaraweera smashing ten fours in 232 balls while 27-year old left-hander Warnapura was the more aggressive partner as he smashed 21 boundaries in his 291 balls innings.

Sri Lanka A 335/2 (90 overs): Vandort 10, Udawatte 5, Warnapura 177*, Samaraweera 129*; Nazmul 2/57

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