Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sri-lanka">Sri Lanka</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/angelo-mathews/news/">Angelo Mathews</a> warmed up for this month's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/new-zealand-vs-sri-lanka-2018-19">Test series with New Zealand</a> by scoring an unbeaten century on day one of the three-day tour game against a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/new-zealand-xi">New Zealand XI</a> at Napier's McLean Park. <p></p> <p></p>Mathews - <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/angelo-mathews-kusal-mendis-dropped-for-england-odis-749835">dropped </a> from Sri Lanka's limited-overs teams recently - was 128 off 177 balls in his first inning since the final Test of the 0-3 loss to England in November. His hundred was the stand-out innings of Sri Lanka's 210/9 declared, of which 106 were added by Mathews and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/lahiru-kumara/news/">Lahiru Kumara</a> for the tenth wicket. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/my-stats-will-speak-on-behalf-of-me-angelo-mathews-766520">My stats will speak on behalf of me: Angelo Mathews</a> <p></p> <p></p>Barring Mathews, only skipper Dinesh Chandimal (26) and Dhananjaya de Silva (44) reached double-figures. Mathews reached 50 off 96 balls and his century came off 150, with 16 fours and a six. The left-arm wrist-spinner Blake Coburn took 3/44 followed by Peter Younghusband with 2/25 and Michael Snedden with 2/29. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/new-zealand-vs-sri-lanka-nuwan-pradeep-and-lahiru-kumara-back-to-bolster-test-attack-771890">Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiru Kumara back to bolster Test attack</a> <p></p> <p></p>At stumps, the NZ XI was 67/4 after losing Dean Robinson, Luke Georgeson, William O Donnell and Dale Phillips. <p></p> <p></p>The first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka starts Saturday at Wellington s Basin Reserve.