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Sri Lanka on top as spinners dominate the game

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Sri Lankan leg spinner Praveen Jayawickrama who is playing his second test celebrate the wicket of Nkrumah Bonner. (Pic courtesy SLC)

Sri Lanka bowling attack dominated by the spinners as West Indies were struggling 113 for six wickets at close of the second day in the first test played at Galle International Cricket Stadium yesterday. West Indies were 74 away from saving the follow on with three days to spare.

Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood came as openers after Sri Lanka were all out for 386 runs 75 minutes after the lunch break.

Sri Lanka on top  as spinners dominate the game
West Indies off spinner Roston Chase who took 5 for 83 in action.

Both openers survived the seven overs before tea. Jermaine Blackwood, who was opening instead of the concussed Jeremy Solozano should have been given out lbw against Dushmantha Chameera for 2, but Sri Lanka chose not to review the not-out decision, which would have been overturned. Kraigg Brathwaite was given out off the penultimate ball of the session, but the decision was reversed via review – that ball from Praveen Jayawickrama shown to be heading down leg and they were 12 for no loss at tea.

However, three spinners Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama and Ramesh Mendis came back strongly during the last session and West Indies top order were struggling to 113 for 6 wickets to end of the day .

Embuldeniya made a breakthrough on the 21st over while Blackwood was out LBW for 20 runs after adding 46 runs open stand .The off spinner Ramesh Mendis was able to pick his first wicket on his first over as skipper Brathwaite top- scored with 41 hitting seven fours back to the pavilion with Pathum Nissanka took a catch at leg slip.

Mendis was the most successful bowler pick 3 for 23 in his six overs spell while Jayawickrama took 2 for 25 with his 12 overs spell and Embuldeniya took 1 for 39 and they shared six wickets among them.

Earlier West Indies pulled themselves back into the game in the first two sessions removing the overnight pair Dhananjaya de Silva and Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne in the first hour, before the spinners ripped through the lower half either side of lunch.

The off spinner Roston Chase claimed 5 for 83 which was his fourth five wickets haul in Tests – and leg spinner Jomel Warrican took 3 for 87, having gone wicket-less on the first day.

However Sri Lanka’s last seven wickets fell for just 105 runs, and their total was 14 short of 400. Dhananjaya de Silva was unfortunately out hit wicket for 61 runs off paceman Shannon Gabriel while Karunaratne finished his marathon innings scoring 147 in 300 balls hit 15 fours . Dinesh Chandimal was back to the pavilion with five runs away his half century hit five boundaries.

Meanwhile Shai Hope has replaced debutant Jeremy Solozano as his concussion substitute in the West Indies team after Solozano was confirmed to have suffered a concussion. Solozano spent the night in a Colombo hospital under observation after he was hit on the head while fielding on the first day . His scans on Sunday showed no structural damage.

Sri Lanka on top  as spinners dominate the game

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 – 01:00

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