SL vs WI: Sri Lanka tightens grip on first Test with Karunaratne’s century and spinners amazing


Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st Test: Sri Lanka has tightened the noose in the first Test being played at the Galle International Stadium. Sri Lanka scored 386 runs in their first innings and by the end of the second day’s play, West Indies dropped six wickets for 113 runs. Kyle Myers (22) and Jason Holder (1) were present at the crease at the time of stumps on the second day.

On Monday, Sri Lanka fell six wickets for 113 runs in the first Test of the two-Test series as the spinners led by Ramesh Mendis finished the second day of play. Sri Lanka scored 386 runs in the first innings. West Indies are 273 runs behind after the second day’s play with four wickets remaining.

Off-spinner Ramesh Mendis dismissed Craig Brathwaite (41), Shai Hope (10) and Roston Chase (2), leaving his bowling analysis at three for 23. Praveen Jayavikrame took two wickets for 25 runs while his fellow left-arm spinner Lasith Imbuldeniya took one wicket for 39 runs.

Earlier, with the brilliant bowling of off-spinner Roshton Chase (5 for 83), West Indies made a great comeback by taking out the remaining seven wickets of Sri Lanka within 119. In this, left-arm spinner Jomel Warriken supported him well by taking three wickets for 87 runs.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne played a brilliant innings of 147 runs in 300 balls for Sri Lanka. During this he hit 15 fours. At the same time, his fellow opener Pathum Nisanka scored 57 runs with the help of seven fours. Both added 139 runs for the first wicket. On the other hand, Dhananjay de Silva scored 61 and Dinesh Chandimal scored 45 runs. Apart from this, Oshada Fernando and Angelo Mathews were dismissed after scoring 3-3 runs.



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