Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Permaul, Warrican run through Sri Lanka. The spinners shared nine wickets
The spinners shared nine wickets
Veerasammy Permaul (5 for 35) and Jomel Warrican (4 for 50) helped West Indies script a stunning turnaround on the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka. In Galle, West Indies went to lunch at two for no loss after the pair collaborated to shoot down the hosts for just 204.
Sri Lanka had started the day with 113 for 1 on the board and had Pathum Nissanka (73) looking in good touch. Oshada Fernando and Nissanka played out some nervy moments but settled in having batted for six overs in the day. West Indies were in desperate need of a wicket to the score past 130 when Warrican got the breakthrough. On the fourth delivery, Fernando was able to deflect the ball just in time to avoid getting bowled and then blocked the next one. On the final ball, he went back to cut but was caught behind to give West Indies an opening.
There was no real partnership of substance from there on as Sri Lanka nosedived to allow West Indies back in the game. Nissanka fell in the 49th over lbw to Permaul and the left-arm spinner came onto his own from there on. Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka were to next two to fall – both to Permaul – as Angelo Mathews tried to hold one end up and forge a partnership. Mathews struggled with injury but kept on fighting to take Sri Lanka past the 200-run mark.
Dinesh Chandimal (2), Ramesh Mendis (5), Suranga Lakmal (12) and Lasith Embuldeniya (1) failed to stick around but consecutive sixes from Mathews took the side past 200. The former captain was the last to fall – bowled by Warrican – as West Indies spinners picked all ten wickets to fall in the innings.
The real challenge, however, will be for the West Indies batters as they aim to counter the spin challenge. After posting 230 and 160 in the first Test, West Indies batters will have to come up with a better show to ensure Sri Lanka don't have it easy. In the 20 minutes before the break, Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood saw off four overs and the onus will be on them to give the side a solid start after an impressive show from the spinners.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 204 (Pathum Nissanka 73; Veerasammy Permaul 5-35, Jomel Warrican 4-50) lead West Indies 2/0 by 204 runs.