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Maiden Test centuries from Thirimanne and Chandimal

*Sri Lanka post a massive 570 for 4 dec.

*Bangladesh 135 for 2 in reply

Maiden unbeaten Test centuries from Lahiru Thirimanne (155) and Dinesh Chandimal (116) helped Sri Lanka post a massive first innings score of 570 for 4 wickets declared on the second day of the First Test against Bangladesh at Galle International Cricket Stadium, here today.

Sri Lankan cricketer Lahiru Thirimanne raises his bat and helmet in celebration after scoring a century (100 runs) during the second day of their opening Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on March 9, 2013. AFP

In reply the visitors had made a spirited 135 for the loss of 2 wickets, still requiring another 236 runs to avoid the ignominy of having to follow on. At the wickets were Mohammed Ashraful on 65 and M. Haque on 35.

The second Bangladesh wicket to fall was that of Amanul Haque who was bowled by off spinner Ajantha Mendis for 13 at for 65. He faced 68 balls and hit one boundary.

With the Sri Lankan batsmen feasting on the poor Bangladeshi attach, it was a pity that the promising left hand bat Kithuruwan Vithanage who was making his debut was not given a bat.

Against an innocuous attack, it would have had the youngster at ease and would have been the ideal opportunity for him to get the feel of what it is to be out in the middle. But he will get his opportunity.

Youngsters Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal put their immense batting talents on display scoring their maiden Test centuries. Both showed good discipline, temperament and an array of strokes which augurs well for the game’s future.

Thirimanne who was unlucky to miss a hundred, making 91 against Australia in the Third Test in Sydney, realized the dream of every cricketer in making a hundred. He played some eye catching strokes with his majestic cover drive and nudges to leg bringing him runs.

Chandimal too batted well in that Sydney Test. He was left stranded on 74, running short of partners. But he too made that dream come true with a well constructed three figure score.

The rains that came down just before the close on Friday, had not affected the ground, as the ground staff were quick in getting the covers on and played started a few minutes early to catch up with the time lost.

With Sri Lanka starting day two from a position of strength on 361 for 3 made on day one, the stage was set to make quick runs. But the first hour produced only 32 runs.

In the morning session Sri Lanka lost their big hitting captain Angelo Mathews after adding only six runs to the overnight score and probably with his dismissal the scoring rate dropped.

Sri Lankan cricketer Dinesh Chandimal plays a shot during the second day of their opening Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on March 9, 2013. AFP

Mathews could add only two runs. He intended to play to leg and played too early at a ball from Abdul Hassan and top edged to be caught and bowled. His 27 runs were made in 60 deliveries which was not his style.

Sri Lanka’s new vice captain Dinesh Chandimal then joined the stylish left hander Lahiru Thirimanne and quickened the run rate. Both were untroubled by the pace and spin of the bowlers as they motored along.

The wicket was playing beautifully with the ball coming on nicely to the bat. The Bangladeshi bowlers could not get anything out of the wicket, but kept pegging on gallantly.

The highlight of the morning session was the first Test century made by Thirimanne. Playing in only his 9th Test and on 99 he lofted a delivery from left arm spinner Elias Sunny to long on for two to reach his first dream three figure score. For any batsman making his maiden 100 it was an occasion for celebration. While most batmen would have jumped, punched the air and done the jig of joy and made wild scenes, the unassuming Thirimanne only removed his helmet raised his bat acknowledging the cheers.

When batsmen,bowlers and fielders are wont to go berserk when they reach a hundred, capture a wicket or grab a catch, Thirimanne, the former Prince of Wales College and now Ragama CC cricketer was an example. Well done HETTIGE DON RUMESH LAHIRU THIRIMANNE.

Right hand batsman Chandimal started off watchfully, but once he got his eye in, he broke out into some lovely stroke play and reached his 50 with an elegant square cut to the boundary.

Both batsmen quickened the rate of scoring and took the score to 461 for 4 at lunch with Thirimanne on 113 and Chandimal on 55. In the 137 minutes of play in the morning session Sri Lanka scored 100 runs. It was slow going considering the 132 they made at lunch on day one.

In the post lunch session 24 year old Chandimal former Dharmasoka, Ananda and Nonsescript cricketer too reached his maiden century when he clipped a ball from Moimunul Haque to third man.

He too like Thirimanne, removed his helmet raised his bat and

acknowledged the cheers, cutting out any wild celebrations. Well done LOKUGE DINESH CHANDIMAL. Both Thirimanne and Chandimal were examples.

With the score on 570 for 4, Mathews ended the agony for the visitors by declaring the innings closed with Thirimanne unbeaten on 155 with 14 fours in 256 balls and 426 minutes.

Chandimal was 116 not out with 12 fours, two big sixes made in 151 balls, batting for 190 minutes. Their 5th wicket stand was worth 203 in 272 deliveries. It was a grand stand that gave momentum to the innings.

In the 36 minutes batting time left before the tea break, Bangladesh lost the wicket of Jahurul Islm for a breezy 20 with 4 fours. He was taken behind by Chandimal off Shamindra Eranga off a delivery that pitched and moved. Galle, Saturday.


SRI LANKA – 1ST INNINGS (overnight 361-3)
D. Karunaratne lbw b Gazi	 		41
T. Dilshan c Mominul b Gazi	 		54
K. Sangakkara c Jahurul b Gazi		       142
L. Thirimanne not out			       155
A. Mathews c and b Hasan	 		27
D. Chandimal not out			       116
Extras (b8, lb17, nb7, w3)	 		35
Total (for four wickets decl; 135 overs)       570

Fall of wickets: 1-114 (Dilshan; Karunaratne retd on 46)
 		 2-181 (Karunaratne), 3-305 (Sangakkara)
		 4-367 (Mathews)
Bowling: Hossain 21-2-95-0 (nb3)
	 Hasan 27-4-112-1 (nb4, w3)
	 Gazi 50-6-164-3
	 Sunny 20-0-89-0
	 Ashraful 4-0-23-0
	 Mahmudullah 11-1-45-0
	 Mominul 2-0-17-0

Jahurul Islam c Chandimal b Eranga	 	20
Anamul Haque b Mendis	 			13
Mohammad Ashraful not out	 		65
Mominul Haque not out	 			35
Extras (lb1, nb1)	  			02
Total (for two wickets; in 43 overs)	       135

Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Jahurul), 2-65 (Anamul)
Bowling: Kulasekara 8-0-28-0 (nb1)
	 Eranga 9-3-25-1
	 Herath 12-2-33-0
	 Mendis 5-0-28-1
	 Mathews 3-0-5-0
	 Dilshan 6-2-15-0


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