Indian Board President's XI vs Sri Lanka: Visitors brace for spin test in Kolkata warm-up game

Aware of the challenge that the Indian spinners are likely to pose in the Test series, the Sri Lanka batsmen focused on tackling the turning ball

PTI, Nov,10 2017

Kolkata: Aware of the challenge that the Indian spinners are likely to pose in the Test series, the Sri Lankan batsmen focused on tackling the turning ball ahead of their warm-up against Indian  Board President's XI.

File image of Sri Lanka Test team. AP

File image of Sri Lanka Test team. AP

Left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who bagged a five-wicket haul against India in Pallekele in August, was the busiest man at the nets as he kept the batsmen guessing with his variations.

Giving him company was senior most spinner Rangana Herath, who not only rolled his arm but also gave invaluable tips to the young attack.

A vital cog in their bowling line-up, the 39-year-old also padded up and batted in the second lot alongside skipper Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews.

In the first lot, Dimuth Karunaratne batted with Sadeera Samarawickrama and vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne.

Former captain and all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who will return after missing the entire series against Pakistan last month, looked in full flow in a long session.

Three of their players – uncapped batsman Roshen Silva, all-rounders Dilruwan Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva – skipped practice.

Published Date: Nov 10, 2017 | Updated Date: Nov 10, 2017




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