Sanju Samson’s quickfire 128 off just 143 balls, gave the Sri Lankan bowlers a good workout in the second day of the only warm-up game, in Kolkata today.
Fourteen bowlers were used by Sri Lanka, with only left-armer Lakshan Sandakan bowling more than 10 overs. After Sri Lanka had declared the innings on 411 for 9, Lahiru Thirimanne opened the bowling with his medium pace, and had Tanmay Agarwal lbw for 16 in the eighth over.
He also had Akash Bhandari caught for 3 in his next over. Jiwanjot Singh and Samson then added 68 runs against the specialist bowlers, including Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal. Dilruwan broke the stand when he had Jiwanjot caught behind for 35. Samson was the beneficiary as Sri Lanka employed part-time bowlers in the second half of the day. He struck 19 fours and a six, before he was caught behind off Sadeera Samarawickrama.
The game was drawn at the end of the 75th over with the Board President’s XI at 287 for 5. Sri Lanka take on India in the first of the 3 match series from Thursday.