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March 5, 2023
Kusal Mendis 95, Oshada Fernando n o. 78 in Sri Lanka’s 276/4 dcl. vs NZ XI 141/1

Sri Lanka Cricket

By Srian Obeyesekere

One drop batsman Kusal Mendis top scored with 95 and opening batsman Oshada Fernando struck an unbeaten 78 as Sri Lanka ran up 276 for 4 declared against a New Zealand XI in a warm up match on the tour of New Zealand at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval at Lincoln on Saturday.

The New Zealand XI was on 141 for 1 at stumps with skipper Jack Boyle top scoring with 73. Kusal Mendis struck 16 boundaries and 2 sixes in his 87-ball cameo while Oshada Fernando hit 11 boundaries and a six in a 111-ball knock as the pair added 162 for the second wicket.

Angelo Matthews made 38, Dinesh Chandimal 35 and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne 21.

CHIEF SCORES: Sri Lanka 276/4 dcl. (57.3 Overs) (Kusal Mendis 95, Oshada Fernando n.o. 78, Angelo Matthews 38, Dinesh Chandimal 35, Dimuth Karunaratne 21, Rosster Braak 1/36, Sean Davey 1/48, Theo van Weerkom 1/70) New Zealand XI 141/1 (Jack Boyle 73, Jakob Bhulan n.o. 37, Jacob Cumming 27, Lahiru Kumara 1/16).

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