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India escape with a draw in warm-up match

Colombo: Indian bowlers put up an improved performance to restrict Sri Lanka Board President`s XI to 260 for six in their second innings in the three-day warm up game which ended in a tame draw here today.

After disappointing with both ball and bat for the last two days, the Indian bowlers gave a better account of themselves with left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha being the notable performer with three for 85 in his 22 overs.

The Hyderabad spinner was assisted by leg-spinner Amit Mishra, Virender Sehwag and pacer Ishant Sharma -- all taking one wicket each.

For the hosts, opener Lahiru Thirimanne scored 102 and top order batsman Dinesh Chandimal (69) chipped in with an useful contribution but the rest of the batting line-up failed to impress.

Thilina Kandamby (9) and Sachithra Senanayake (6) were at the crease when both captains decided to call off play early at the Colts Cricket Club Ground here.

After bundling out India for 291 yesterday, Sri Lanka Board President`s XI could have enforced the follow-on but the hosts decided to bat and straightaway suffered a jolt, losing inform opener Upul Tharanga to Ishant in the fifth over.

However, Thirimanne and Chandimal ensured there were no more hiccups and started scoring at a fast-pace, with the latter dealing in boundaries.
The duo kept the scoreboard ticking and forged a 113-run second wicket partnership in quick time.

Gambhir, who had been holding one end brilliantly, found an able ally in Yuvraj and the two left-handers rescued India with their terrific partnership.

Mendis was at it again as he separated the pair by scalping Gambhir.

Young off-break bowler Sachithra Sananayake then struck two telling blows when he dismissed India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and ended Yuvraj`s entertaining innings.

The left-hander, who came back to team after being dropped for poor form, hit six sixes and 11 fours in his 154 ball knock.

Mendis then quicky wrapped up the innings by sending back Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha.

Earlier, Sri Lanka resumed their innings at 432 for five and added 82 runs to their total before declaring.

Overnight batsmen Dinesh Chanadimal, who was on five yesterday, remained unconquered on 47.

Pragyan Ojha added two more wickets to take his tally to for 153.

PTI

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