March 20: Chamara Silva belted a superb century against England on Tuesday to chance a claim in Sri Lanka's line-up for the upcoming Test series next to the tourists.
The right-hander made 163 off 180 balls to lift Sri Lanka improvement XI to 376-5 by stumps on the opening day of the three-day tour match at the Sinhalese sports club in Colombo.The 32-year-old Chamara Silva, who played the last of his 11 Tests in April, 2008, smashed 25 four and 1 six in a timely memento to the selectors ahead of next week's 2-Test series.
Silva and skipper Thilina Kandamby (64) put on 151 for the 3rd wicket after pace bowler Stuart Broad two took early wickets to reduce the hosts to 38-2 in the 9th over Broad, who missed the before practice match due to a sprained ankle, showed he was back to full form by removing openers Dilshan Munaweera and Malinda Warnapura in his 1st spell.
Broad finished with 3-55, but the other England bowlers toiled in repressive heat and humidity on a wicket that obtainable them little assistance. Off-spinner Graeme Swann's 21 wicket less over’s cost 102 runs, while left-arm spinner Samit Patel went for 1-83 in his 18 overs.Steven Finn claim 1-64 and fellow-seamer Tim Bresnan finished the day at 0-47.
The tourist had won the 1st practice match against the Cricket Board XI by an innings and 15 runs. The 1st Test opens in the southern coastal town of Galle on March 26, follow by the 2nd match at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo from April 3.
Sri Lanka Development XI 1st innings: 376-5 (Chamara Silva 163, Thilina Kandamby 64, Angelo Perera 61 not out, Stuart Broad 3-55, Steven Finn 1-64, Samit Patel 1-83).