Sri Lanka will look to wrap up Leicestershire as soon as possible © AFP
Sri Lanka will look to wrap up Leicestershire as soon as possible © AFP

Hello and Welcome back to our coverage of Day 3 between Sri Lanka and Leicestershire. Sri Lankan tailenders had a decent outing as Dasun Shanka and Rangana Herath completed their century and half century sharing a 174 run stand between them. They only lasted 43 balls yesterday scoring 49 runs of it. Shanaka played a calm and composed knock after getting a blow on the back of his head. After that home side Leicestershire came into bat. They were having it easy with the Sri Lankan pace attack until spinner Rangana Herath came into play and sent both the openers back into the pavilion. Useful contributions from Leicestershire top order taking the innings forward but losing wickets at regular interval until M Murgess showed up. He took the matter in his own hands and hit the bowlers for back to back boundaries.

The debutant for Leicesteshire missed his century by a mere margin of two runs, thanks to Siriwardena’s heroics. He shifted gears in a hurry after scoring his half century in 88 balls putting Sri Lanka on back foot. T Wells complimented M Burgess scoring a half century and still standing on the crease at stumps of Day 2 with R Taylor on other end, who’s looking good after hitting two boundaries. The match is clearly heading to a draw but Sri Lanka will try and wrap up the tail to make an impact on the proceedings of Day 3.

MATCH DRAWN!!!

The three day match comes to an end and with it ends the practice matches of Sri Lankan tour. They will be heading to Leeds for their first test match against England. Although, they haven’t been able to make the most of these practice sessions but Dasun Shanaka, D Karunaratne and Rangana Herath’s form will be some positives they will be taking into the test series starting on 19th May. Till then, stay tuned to our page for more details.

Sri Lanka 200/4 dec in 50.2 overs, L Thirimanne 40(90) D Karunaratne went on to score a century off 134 deliveries. He did exceptionally well holding his end preventing another batting collapse which happened eventually as soon as he retired. N Dickwella scored a duck after facing 10 balls, Wells took his wicket. M Siriwardana shared the same fate as he faced the last ball of the match and got knocked off by Sayers without disturbing the scoreboard. L Thirimanne’s return to form was another positive Sri Lanka took from this match.

Sri Lanka 160/1 in 40 overs, D Karunanratne 83(120), L Thirimanne 23(57) Leicestershire bowlers having a hard time as Karunaratne looks comfortable on crease and heading for a century. Lahiru too has settled in, getting the feel of conditions and playing defensively. They are not making the mistakes of the first innings and throwing their wickets away in a jiffy.

Sri Lanka 115/1 in 30 overs, D Karunaratne 60(97), L Thirimanne 5(20) Finally a breakthrough for Leicestershire as Taylor breaks the partnership right on the 100 run mark, knocking the stumps all over. K Silva walks off the field after scoring 43 runs. Thirimanne taking his time to blend in to the pitch conditions, starting off slowly.

Sri Lanka: 83/0 in 20 overs, D Karunaratne 41(62), K Silva 35(52) The openers seem to have settled in, dominating the Leicestershire bowling attack and giving them no chance to pick up a wicket. Looks like they are finally getting into the groove of English pitch conditions.

Sri Lanka: 49/0 in 10 overs, D Karunaratne 25(41), K Silva 17(25) Sri Lankan players have had a good start batting cautiously. The match is heading to a draw like the last match against Essex unless we see a batting collapse like the first innings. This would work as a good batting practice for the visitors, giving them the confidence to bat at these conditions. They have maintained a healthy run rate this time unlike first innings giving them a upper hand at the start off the innings taking the lead straight away and without losing a wicket in the intital overs.

2nd Innings!

Leicestershire: 374/5 in 100 overs, T Wells 87(151) R Taylor 37(64) Nothing really changed in the next 10 overs as Wells has started to look more settled playing a tailor-made test innings. Sri Lankan bowlers are having a hard time in the field today unbale to pick up even a stingle wicket. Taylor is also going well and moving towards his half century. But wait! Leicestershire have declared their innings invited Lankans to bat. Sri Lankan bowlers are moving backto the pavilion disappointed after a forgettable display of bowling today.

Leicestershire: 339/5 in 90 overs, T Wells 68(117), R Taylor 19(33) The home team is having it easy in the first 10 overs of the day, scoring 35 runs off them. It seems like there will be more bowling practice for Sri Lanka today as T Wells and Taylor have started to build a partnership. The home team will rid of the trail with ease now as bowlers pose no real threat whatsover.

SQUADS:

Leicestershire: A Robson, L Hill, A Ali, E Exkersley, M Burgess, T Wells, R Taylor, R Sayers, J Sykes, J Naik, A Sheikh

Sri Lanka: K. Silva, D. Karunaratne, D. Chandimal, L. Thirimanne, M. Siriwardana, N. Dickwella, D. Shanaka, K. Mendis, R. Herath, D. Chameera,S. Lakmal

Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and believes Sachin Tendulkar is God. His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93