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Thirimanne makes half-century in come-back game



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The highlight of the two-day warm-up game between Sri Lanka Board President’s XI and India at CCC grounds, Colombo yesterday was former Test vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne making a half-century.

Thirimanne, once the man tipped to take over the number three slot from former great Kumar Sangakkara, has come nowhere near to getting selected to the senior side after being dropped in June last year. Thirimanne has been in the wilderness for more than a year and while a big hundred would have made him an automatic choice for the first Test against India in Galle with Dinesh Chandimal unwell, he cannot still be ruled out.

Dhananjaya de Silva, the man who is favoured to take over from Chandimal, fell for a third-ball duck and the next selection meeting could be an interesting one. The selectors will do well to make Thirimanne work harder to get his place back, rather than being satisfied with mediocre performances.

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