Atapattu, Arvinda guide Lanka to 318/7 in tour tie

Published: Friday, May 3, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Northampton: Marvan Atapattu's century and a quick fire fifty from Aravinda de Silva guided Sri Lanka to 318 for seven on the opening day of its tour match against British Universities on Thursday. Opener Atapattu made exactly 100 as Sri Lanka continued its preparations for the first Test against England, which starts at Lord's on May 16. He was the second Sri Lankan batsman to make a hundred on this tour after Mahela Jayawardene reached three figures against Kent. Sri Lanka found itself batting first in this three-day encounter despite losing the toss and the runs soon began to pile up as Atapattu and captain Sanath Jayasuriya settled in. But on 15 Jayasuriya became the first of four wickets for paceman Mark Tournier when he was caught hooking. Kumar Sangakkara (15) and Hashan Tillekeratne (18) both went cheaply before Atapattu found a reliable partner in the experienced De Silva. The former Kent favourite savaged the students' attack for 57 off 52 balls, all but five of his runs coming in boundaries. He put on 111 with Atapattu before Monty Panesar bowled him in front of the Northamptonshire left-arm spinner's home crowd. In the next over Atapattu brought up his hundred off 179 balls, his innings including 18 fours. But next ball he became Panesar's second victim, caught in the covers. At the close Chaminda Vaas was 11 not out and Charitha Fernando not out nought.

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