By Marlon Fernandopulle
Speedster Dilhara Fernando indicated his readiness to regain his
lost place by claiming three wickets for Sri Lanka Cricket Presidents
eleven as the touring South Africa team were shot out for 226 on
the second day of their three day game at Maitland Crescent yesterday.
In reply the Sri Lanka Cricket Presidents eleven were 123 for the
loss of one wicket at close.
who has been sidelined from the Lankan main line up due to injury
in the recent past was at full throttle yesterday picking up three
good wickets on a track that offered little assistance to seamers.
His victims included both South African openers Graeme Smith, Andrew
Puttick and wicket keeper batsman Mark Boucher. In a tight 14 over
spell Fernando finished with 3 for 42. He was well supported by
the other fastman in the side, Tharanga Laksita (3/59) and skipper
Thilan Samaraweera (3/14).
tourists who started the day at 34 for two wickets lost Jacques
Kalis for 18 to be 59 for 3 wickets. But a fine 58 run stand for
the 4th wicket between M. Van Jaarsveld (41) and J. Rudolph (49)
saw South Africa to some respectability. Then skipper Thilan Samaraweera
introduced himself and choked the tourists and snared three wickets
in only 9.4 overs to send South Africa crashing to 226 all out.
The tourists would have been in deeper trouble if not for a face
saving 7th wicket stand between former South African captain Shaun
Pollock(39) and Bota Dippennar(35). The stubborn seventh wicket
stand was broken by Laksita when he induced Pollock to edge a delivery
to wicket keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana.
hander Lance Klusner lasted just three balls before Lakshita castled
his stumps. Thilan Samaraweera then wrapped up the tail picking
up Boje and Hayward as South Africa were bowled out for 226. Enjoying
a lead of 25 runs Sri Lanka Cricket Presidents Eleven lost opener
Tharanga Paranavithana early with the total on 18. However their
second wicket pair of Micheal Van dort and Russell Arnold frustrated
the South African bowlers to add an unbroken 107 runs for the second
Dort as always looked elegant as he drove handsomely and played
a few delightful shots off his legs. He rode his luck as he was
dropped twice and escaped a stumping to be unbeaten on by the close.
Russell Arnold who is also fighting to regain his place was unbeaten
on a patient 38.