Sri Lanka draws with Kiwi XI in tour match

mathews-getty1908-800Captain Angelo Mathews made an unbeaten half century as Sri Lanka prepared for the first cricket test against New Zealand with a draw Sunday in a three-day match against a President’s XI.

Mathews made 54 not out, opener Udara Jayasundera made 63 and Kithuruwan Vithanage hit 61 as Sri Lanka reached 226-6 in its second innings at the Queenstown Events Centre after trailing by 206 runs after the first innings.

The President’s XI reached 399-8 in its first innings in reply to Sri Lanka’s 193, helped by Shawn Hicks’ unbeaten 79 and Tim Johnston’s 72 batting at No.9. Dushmantha Chameera finished with 4-57.

Sri Lanka batted the remainder of the day with the help of three half centuries, including Mathews’ from 87 balls. The first test starts Thursday at Dunedin. (Courtesy AP)

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