Nash, Plant torment Lankan bowlers

Published: Sunday, October 28, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Adelaide: Lanka's bowlers struggled on the second day of a three-day tour match against an inexperienced Australian Chairman's XI here at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

After declaring earlier in the day at 368 for 6 with most of their top order getting among the runs, the Sri Lankan bowlers battled to contain a side made up of fringe Australian provincial players.

At stumps the Chairman's XI were 262 for 4 with Tom Plant not out 63 and Luke Ronchi yet to score.

Sri Lanka suffered their second injury worry in as many days when fast bowler Chanaka Welagedara pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury one over after claiming the wicket of opener Greg Moller, caught behind for 33.

But of more concern to the Sri Lankans is vice captain Kumar Sangakkara, who retired hurt with a hamstring problem when batting on Saturday.

He is now in doubt for the final warm-up against Queensland next week.

Coach Trevor Bayliss said he did not know whether Sangakkara would be available for the first Test beginning in Brisbane on Nov 8.

"It's very stiff at the moment, he's limping around, they're keeping a close eye on him and I think he'll be sent for scans at some stage," Bayliss said.

"The belief is it's only a slight strain, he looks a bit doubtful (for Queensland).

"The most important thing is the Test match so if there's any doubt at all we won't play him (against Queensland)."

Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (1 for 87 from 30 overs) had to wait until the second to last over of the day for his first wicket when he beat teenager Philip Hughes (49) in flight and had him stumped.

However, Muralitharan posed a range of problems for the batsmen throughout the day.

Brief Scores (D-2):

Sri Lanka 368 for 6 decl (S Jayasuriya 154, T Samaraweera 71, M Atapattu 55, M Vandort 54, A Heal 3 for 50, D Bollinger 3 for 68) v Chairman's XI 262 for 4 (L Mash 95, T Plant 63 no; Dilhara Fernando 2 for 40, Welegedara 1 for 23).


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