Sri Lankan cricket problem child pushes test claims with rapid knock in Napier

Opener Danushka Gunathilaka has given Sri Lankan cricket its share of headaches in the past 18 months, but those eased a fraction with a timely, rapid knock in their only first test shakedown on Sunday. The free-scoring left-hander, who was suspended during the July series against South Africa for breaking a team curfew, hit 83 off 77 balls in a rare bright period for the tourists on day two of their three-day match against a New Zealand XI in Napier. Gunathilaka’s knock against a young development side picked from players not required for Plunket Shield saw Sri Lanka reach 160-2 in their second innings, a lead of just 100 entering the final day at McLean Park.

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