Providence (Guyana): Sri Lanka's bowlers had a decent work-out, after their batsmen, led by Tillakeratne Dilshan, plundered more easy runs against the Guyana Cricket Board President's XI on Tuesday at the National Stadium her on Tuesday.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath captured five wickets for 67 runs from 19 overs and Thilan Thushara took two for 31 from 10 overs, as the GCB President's XI were dismissed for 248 just before stumps were drawn on the second day of the three-day (List-A) tour match.
Shamarh Brooks, captain of the West Indies Under-19s to this year's Youth World Cup in Malaysia, hit the top score of 68 for the home team, and left-handed compatriot Jason Haynes supported with 61.
This followed Sri Lanka's declaration on 492 for five in their first innings about half-hour before the lunch interval with Dilshan undefeated on 101 and Chamara Silva unbeaten on 51.
The GCB President's XI then benefitted from a bright start from the left-handed opening pair of Jason Haynes and Kieran Powell.
They carried the GCB President's to 25 without loss at lunch and proceeded to put on 52 for the first wicket after the interval before he was caught behind off Nuwan Kulasekera for 27.
His dismissal triggered a slide which saw Shemroy Barrington caught behind off Thilan Thushara for five, GCB President's XI captain Patrick Browne bowled by Herath for 13, and Steven Jacobs, vice captain of the West Indies Under-19s, caught at cover off Thushara to leave the home team on 95 for four.
Brooks joined Haynes and they stemmed the fall of wickets, but the GCB President's XI suffered a setback just prior to the tea break.
Haynes, who hit nine fours and a six from 93 balls in close to 2-1/2 hours, was run out on the stroke of tea looking for suicidal single to cover to leave the GCB President's XI on 135 for five at the break.
After tea, Brooks distinguished himself, when he struck four fours in the eighth over of off-spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan, including three off successive deliveries.
But the GCB President's XI stumbled, when Krishna Deosarran and Rajendra Chandrika both fell for ducks as the hosts subsided to 159 for seven.
Brooks continued to play with enterprise and so too Christopher Barnwell towards the end to show there was some sting in the tail of the home team's batting.
Earlier, Sri Lanka continued from their overnight total of 343 for five, and Dilshan, in particular, and Silva tore into the inexperienced GCB President's XI attack.
The pair scored at close to two runs-a-minute and added an unbroken 149 before Dilshan clipped Barnwell a boundary to post his century and prompt the declaration.
The first Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka will be contested from March 22 at this same venue, and the second Test will be from April 3 at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.
The first two One-day Internationals will be on April 10 and 12 at Queen's Park Oval, and the third ODI will be a day/night affair at the Beausejour Stadium in St. Lucia on April 15.
Brief Scores (D-2):
Sri Lanka 492/5 decl (Bandula Warnapura 132, Tilakratne Dilshan 101 n o, Mahela Jayawardene 99, Chamara Silva 51 n o; Bishoo 1 for 144, Jacobs 1 for 135) Vs Guyana President's Select XI 248 all out (Brooks 68, Haynes 61, Barnwell 44; Rangana Herath 5 for 67, Thilan Tushara 2 for 31).