SL’s warm-up match against NZ XI ends in a draw
2018-12-10 at 19:11
The young New Zealand XI came away with a highly creditable draw, and even had the sneaking chance for an improbable victory, in their three-day fixture against Sri Lanka at Napier’s McLean Park.
The New Zealand XI was left to chase 262 in around 45 overs, for what would have been an immensely satisfying win over a side preparing for the start of their two-Test series against New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday.
They established a 60-run first-innings lead and then scored at around five an over until stumps were pulled at 139/2 off 28.3 overs.
Will O’Donnell and Dale Phillips shared an unbroken 95-run stand, off 16.5 overs.
They lost two wickets in the space of 15 balls before O’Donnell and Phillips cashed in against a Sri Lankan attack working themselves up for the Test series.
O’Donnell finished on 52, while Phillips was on 39 at the end.
Sri Lanka started the final day on 160/2 and declared at 321/5 off 80 overs.
Test batsman Kusal Mendis, took his overnight 11 to 72 before retiring out.
Niroshan Dickwella, who has played 25 Tests, made an unbeaten 43. Angelo Mathews, scored an impressive century in Sri Lanka’s first innings.
Sri Lanka now head to Wellington to prepare for the series opener at the Basin Reserve.