Kaushal Silva, Mathews warm-up for Galle Test

Kaushal Silva and Lahiru Thirimanne run between the wickets in their opening stand of 99 for Sri Lanka Board XI against touring England on the first day of the two-day practice match played at NCC grounds yesterday.
Opening bat Kaushal Silva and former captain Angelo Mathews made good use of the two-day practice game against touring England to get runs under their belt on the opening day at the NCC grounds yesterday.

Sri Lanka Board XI winning the toss and batting first ended the day on an impressive 392-9 declared keeping the England bowlers the entire day on the field.

Silva attempting to make a comeback to the Test side after a year on the sidelines scored a compact 62 off 82 balls (9 fours) before retiring out at the lunch break. With skipper Lahiru Thirimanne who scored 45 before edging a drive to slip Silva put on an opening stand of 99. Mathews returning to competitive cricket after being left out of the recently concluded five-match ODI series struck five fours and two sixes in an aggressive knock of 45 off 38 balls before drilling one to cover.

Roshen Silva, a member of the 16-member Test squad failed to make use of the opportunity to get some runs behind him ahead of the first Test at Galle on November 6 when he was dismissed for 11.