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Yuvraj Singh slams century

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PLAYING THE SAVIOUR:Yuvraj's century and his partnership with Gambhir (89) lent the Indian scorecard some respectability.

Colombo: Yuvraj Singh marked his return to form with a sparkling century but a batting disaster left the Indians on their knees at close on an eventful second day of the warm-up game against Sri Lanka Board President's XI at the Colts Cricket Club here on Wednesday.

Replying to the home team's mammoth first innings total of 514 for nine declared, the Indians were bundled out for 291 at stumps with Ajantha Mendis scalping six for 67.

The Indians trail by 223 runs and the home team has the option of enforcing a follow-on when the third and final day's play begins on Thursday.

Gambhir (89) missed out on his hundred but Yuvraj Singh scored a measured 118 (154b, 11x4, 6x6) as the duo shared a 143-run stand for the fifth wicket to save India from a precarious 80 for four.

But once the partnership was broken by Mendis, it was only a matter of time before the Indians were bowled out short of 300.

Early blows

It was paceman Chanaka Welegedara who struck the early blows by accounting for Virender Sehwag (18) and Rahul Dravid (11).

Mendis then began weaving his magic and his first victim was Sachin Tendulkar (4), who fell leg-before.

V.V.S. Laxman's stay was cut short as Mendis had him caught by 'keeper Prassana Jayawardene, leaving India tottering at 80 for four.

Gambhir, who had been holding one end up brilliantly, then found an able ally in Yuvraj.

It was Mendis again who separated the pair by getting Gambhir.

Young offie Sachithra Sananayake then struck two telling blows when he dismissed M.S. Dhoni and then ended Yuvraj's entertaining innings.

Mendis then quicky wrapped up the innings by sending back Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha.

Earlier, Sri Lanka resumed its innings at 432 for five and added 82 runs before declaring.

The scores: Sri Lanka BP XI 514 for nine declared (U. Tharanga 110, R. Thirimanne 66, T. Kandamby 101, T. Samaraweera 102, D. Chandimal 47 not out, P. Ojha five for 153) vs the Indians 291 (G. Gambhir 89, Yuvraj Singh 118, A. Mendis six for 67) . — PTI

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