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Sri Lanka tune up in Canberra

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 4:20PM AEST | by Omnisport

Sri Lanka got some valuable batting practice ahead of the first Test with Australia in their tour match against the Chairman's XI in Canberra on Friday.

In reply to the Chairman's XI score of 9-439 declared, the tourists reached stumps at 3-276 and remain 163 runs behind their opponent's first-innings score.

Tillakaratne Dilshan (101 not out) was the star for Sri Lanka, the opener retiring once he reached his century to give his team-mates some time at the crease.

Kumar Sangakkara (55) added a half-century, while Mahela Jayawardene (36) looked good before being undone by the off-spin of Glenn Maxwell.

Maxwell (1-73) was one of only three bowlers to claim a wicket, with youngster Ashton Turner (1-54) and Usman Khawaja (1-22) providing the other breakthroughs.

Earlier, Scott Henry brought up his double century in style and ended the innings unbeaten on 207.

Travis Head (35) and Sam Whiteman (four) were the two batsmen to fall for the home side on Friday, with Dhammika Prasad (2-128) picking up both wickets for Sri Lanka.

The three-day tour match looks destined to end in a draw, with wickets hard to come by on the batsman-friendly pitch at Manuka Oval.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 07 December, 2012 6:32PM AEST

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