Sanju Samson made a strong statement, slamming a swashbuckling century on Sunday (November 12) as the two-day warm-up game between an Indian Board President’s XI and the touring Sri Lankans at the Jadavpur University Campus ground in Kolkata ended in a draw.
Sri Lanka’s tour of India started on a positive note with four of their batsmen slamming half-centuries on the first day, helping them declare on a strong 411 for 6.
In their only warm-up game before the first Test starting at the Eden Gardens on November 16, the visitors gave all the members of their squad apart from Niroshan Dickwella, the wicketkeeper, a bowl. The Board President’s XI responded with 287 for 5 in 75 overs when the game was called off by mutual consent.
The Board XI were rocked early on day two when they lost Tanmay Agarwal (16) and Anmolpreet Singh (3) in quick succession to the occasional medium pace of Lahiru Thirimanne with just 31 runs on the board.
Jiwanjot Singh, the other opener, and Samson then strung together a 68-run partnership for the third wicket before the former was caught behind off Dilruwan Perera’s offspin for 35.
Samson then found another able partner in Rohan Prem (39), his Kerala teammate, and the duo dug its heels while carving out 71 for the fourth wicket.
Samson, the Board XI skipper, raced to his century off just 123 deliveries and was eventually the fifth batsman to be dismissed, caught behind by Dickwella off Sadeera Samarawickrama for a 143-ball 128. His innings was laced with 19 fours and a six.
B Sandeep (33) and Jalaj Saxena (20) played out the remaining overs, before the match was called off.