A ton each for Thirimanne and Kaushal

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The Sri Lankans' preparation for next week's first Test against England at Lord's enjoyed a fruitful three sessions against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road on Thursday.

The Sri Lankans' preparation for next week's first Test against England at Lord's enjoyed a fruitful three sessions against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road on Thursday.

Day one of the testing four-day fixture brought the tourists a total of 358 for three on the back of fine centuries from the left-handed Lahiru Thirimanne and right-handed Kaushal Silva.

An international order was decidedly dominant against a host attack featuring left-arm seamer David Willey and right-arm seamers Steven Crook and Chad Barrett. The veteran Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, however, would have wanted more.

Sangakkara was dismissed by an elated Kyle Coetzer for 28, while Jayawardene's pursuit of a half-century fell four runs short. The twin centurions were quick to succeed where the old guard failed, though.

Silva struck a commanding 152 not out to Thirimanne's unbeaten 120. The pair shared 33 fours and a trio of sixes, collecting a dominant, unbroken 238-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Thirimanne, who was named captain in the absence of the rested Angelo Mathews, will target a diligent declaration on Friday – and allow the bowlers plenty of overs in conditions similar to those expected in London.

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