Jayasuriya century boosts Sri Lanka

Published: Saturday, October 27, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Adelaide: Lankan swashbuckler Sanath Jayasuriya served warning to the Australian team when he smashed 154 on the first day of the tourists' three-day match against a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI here at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

At stumps on the first day, Sri Lanka were 335-4 with Thilan Samaraweera not out on 53.

Recalled batsman Marvan Atapattu made 56 and Michael Vandort 55 on a day when the Sri Lankans dominated an attack made up of players not needed for domestic duty this weekend.

The only sour news was a thigh injury to batsman/keeper Kumar Sangakkara, who retired hurt after making just one. However team sources said that it's a minor one and he (Sanga) would be fit for the first Test starting on Nov 8

Captain Mahela Jayawardene looked worried by the injury and popped a return catch to left-arm spinner Aaron Heal soon after Sangakkara retired hurt.

Atapattu, who has looked rusty in the nets over the past two days, was helped by a 10-ball first over from Doug Bollinger, who sent down four no balls in a nervous opener.

He scored most of his early runs through the third man region but showed greater composure as the morning went on.


Sri Lanka 335-4 (Sanath Jayasuriya 154, Marvan Atapattu 56, Michael Vandort 55, Thilan Samaraweena 53 not out;  Heal 3 for 30, Bollinger 1 for 51) Vs Chairman's XI.


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