Home > News >

Kaushal Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne score centuries in practice match against Northamptonshire

Lahiru Thirimanne went on to score a century after being dropped first ball © Getty Images
Lahiru Thirimanne went on to score a century after being dropped first ball © Getty Images

by Julian GUYER

Northampton: June 5, 2014

Kaushal Silva and Lahiru Thirimanne both scored hundreds as Sri Lanka compiled 358 for three on the opening day of their tour match against Northamptonshire. At stumps on Thursday’s first day of four at Northampton, opener Silva was 152 not out in what was Sri Lanka’s final match before next week’s first of a two-Test series against England at Lord’s.

Thirimanne, dropped first ball, made an unbeaten 120, with Sri Lanka’s fourth-wicket pair having so far added an unbroken 238 after they’d both been reprieved by teenage wicketkeeper Ben Duckett. Silva’s hundred was his second in as many first-class matches, following his 109 for Sinhalese against Nondescripts at Panagoda in April, and the 28-year-old’s 30th in all.

Come the close, he’d batted for six hours, facing 260 balls with 21 fours and two sixes. The controversial finale to Sri Lanka’s 3-2 one-day series win over England, saw the tourists’ six-wicket win in front of a raucous Edgbaston on Tuesday overshadowed by Sachithra Senanayake’s much-debated run out of non-striker Jos Buttler backing up.

But with off-spinner Senanayake long not included in the Test squad, this fixture took place in front of a typically sedate county crowd. Northamptonshire, struggling at the foot of the First Division of the County Championship table with five defeats from six matches, did give their loyal supporters something to cheer with an early wicket after Thirimanne, Sri Lanka’s captain in this match, won the toss.

Dimuth Karunaratne inside-edged Steven Crook onto his thigh pad and was caught at gully by Kyle Coetzer to leave Sri Lanka one for one, but new batsman Kumar Sangakkara was soon cutting and driving Crook for two well-struck boundaries. The veteran left-hander had looked in no trouble at all when, to medium-pacer Coetzer’s fourth ball, he hoisted a long hop to deep long leg where Chad Barrett took a well-judged catch in the swirling breeze. Sangakkara exited for 28, including five fours.

Mahela Jayawardene, in at 53 for two, soon restored order on a placid pitch by off-driving Barrett for four and clipping a legside full toss from Scotland captain Coetzer for another boundary. And when left-arm spinner Graeme White came on, Jayawardene lofted him for an off-driven four. Jayawardene looked in typically excellent touch as he made a near run-a-ball 46 until he tried to uppercut a lifting Crook ball that cramped him for room and Matt Spriegel in the gully took an excellent leaping catch above his head.

Next ball Thirimanne edged Crook but Duckett, going to his left, dropped the chance despite getting both hands to the ball. The compact Silva pulled Coetzer for four to complete a 123-ball fifty while left-hander Thirimanne square-cut spinner Spriegel to the boundary to reach the landmark in 84 balls with seven fours. Silva, 84 not out at tea, went to three figures by cover-driving left-arm seamer David Willey for his 16th boundary. And when Graeme White dropped short, Silva pulled him for six, with Thrimanne following up by sweeping the left-arm spinner high over the ropes as well.

The 19-year-old Duckett dropped his second chance of the day, a difficult one down the legside off left-arm spinner Spriegel, when Silva was on 124. The batsman responded by lofting Spriegel for six over wide long-on. Thirimanne ensured Duckett paid heavily for his earlier error by completing a 151-ball hundred. Sri Lanka rested tour captain Angelo Mathews but otherwise the tourists were fielding close to a full-strength side.

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Bristol

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (00:00 IST)   at Basseterre, St Kitts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Hambantota

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Cardiff

More

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014  at Hambantota

Pak won by 4 wkts (D/L method)

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 22, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 177 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 21, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 20, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 3 wkts

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

Photos

England Women vs India Women 2014, 1st ODI at Scarborough

Videos

Morgan talks upcoming ODI series and World Cup

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014: 1st ODI Highlights

Virat Kohli’s knock against Middlesex could be start of his resurgence ahead of ODIs against England

India vs England 2014: Alastair Cook, MS Dhoni, pigeons and pressures — the demands on cricket captains

England Women vs India Women Live Cricket Score, 2nd ODI at Scarborough: England beat India by 13 runs

Stephen Fleming: New Zealand tour to England in 1999 is one of my best moments

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 West Indies

Andrew Flintoff claims wicket with first ball as he features in T20 Blast final for Lancashire

England Women beat India Women by 13 runs as Charlotte Edwards, Jenny Gunn shine in 2nd ODI at Scarborough

Rajasthan could miss out on playing in the upcoming Indian domestic season

Virat Kohli may be the brand ambassador of ISL’s Goa franchise

IS Bindra’s career in cricket administration comes to an end

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014: 1st ODI Highlights

Virat Kohli’s knock against Middlesex could be start of his resurgence ahead of ODIs against England

India vs England 2014: Alastair Cook, MS Dhoni, pigeons and pressures — the demands on cricket captains

When Devon Malcolm made South Africa ‘history’

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014: Younis Khan’s ODI comeback brings hope to Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

660 Posts | 6 Fans

Funny Cricket Wonders and Blunders

Imran Khan adamant on Sharif`s resignation

Low intensity blast in Kolhapur, terror angle ruled out

Emraan Hashmi to watch Raja Natwarlal with auto drivers!

Asus Zenfone 4 – A450CG with 4.5-inch display to take on the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, pre-bookings go live on Flipkart at midnight priced at Rs 6,999

Flipkart to launch an Intel-powered Android tablet on August 27

Chelsea vs Leicester City Match Report: The Blues’ Class prevails

Birmingham vs Lancashire Live Cricket Score, T20 Blast Final: Flintoff strikes with first ball

Bipasha Basu to appear on Comedy Nights with Kapil’s special episode in Dubai!

iPhone 6 will break all global sale records, here’s why

Latest Ebola News: UN pledges to support fight against Ebola in West Africa

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here