Karunaratne, Mathews Hit Fifties Before Sri Lanka’s Declaration

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Karunaratne, Mathews Hit Fifties Before Sri Lanka’s DeclarationKarunaratne and Mathews made 123 for the third wicket.

Sri Lanka continued to extend their domination on the fourth day as well, with Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews hitting fifties setting West Indies a target of 348 in four sessions.

With possible rain interruptions looming, both Karunaratne and Mathews were aggressive in their intent in the second session where Sri Lanka added 147 runs in quick time. The duo had come together with Sri Lanka in a spot of bother initially but their 123-run stand helped the hosts wrest control completely.

Earlier in the day, with Praveen Jaywaickrama picking his fourth wicket to end West Indies' first innings on 230, Sri Lanka wasted little time after rain had delayed the start of play in the first session. Thereafter, they were put under pressure early by West Indies' spinners but Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews played solid hands in reversing some of that pressure.

On a pitch that was turning square, West Indies opened the attack with their premier spinner, Rahkeem Cornwall, and he delivered immediately. Pathum Nissanka gloved one to leg slip where Shai Hope plucked a sharp chance. Nissanka wasted a review along with his wicket and West Indies kept the pressure on from the other end as well. Oshada Fernando fell to a straighter one from Jomel Warrican as Sri Lanka slipped to 39/2.

West Indies missed another wicket opportunity when they opted against a review with replays confirming that Karunaratne could have been LBW. With some luck going their way, both Karunaratne and Mathews used the sweep to good effect to add vital runs in an attacking stand.

After taking Sri Lanka to a position of control by Lunch, the duo upped the ante in the second session against the spinners. And with their chances paying off, West Indies were quickly put on the backfoot to try and contain the runs instead of attacking. It did little to stem the run flow though, and although Sri Lanka lost two wickets in quick succession, they amassed a sizable lead before Karunaratne declared the innings.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka386 (Karunaratne 147, De Silva 61, Chase 5-83) and 191/4d (Dimuth Karunaratne 83, Angelo Mathews 69*) lead West Indies 230 (Mayers 45, Jayawickrama 4-40) by 347 runs.

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