Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Sri Lanka steady after rain consumes nearly two sessions. Sri Lankan openers put on a century stand.
Sri Lankan openers put on a century stand.
You are certain of two things while playing a Test match in Sri Lanka. One is the barrage of spin that you will be tested with. Two, the threat of rain. The latter came in abundance and hampered major share of play on Day 1 of the second Test at Galle on Monday (November 29).
Once the weather Gods had their share, Sri Lanka won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. They fortified their batting depth and handed Charith Asalanka a Test cap in place of Dushmantha Chameera. West Indies also made two changes to bring in Veerasammy Permaul and Kemar Roach in place of Rahkeem Cornwall and Shannon Gabriel.
Sri Lankan openers started the innings with a lot of confidence and got off to a strong start with the West Indian seamers not getting much assistance from the wicket. Roach and Holder bowled six-over spells but the Dimuth Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka batted with a lot of control.
Nissanka was the aggressor as he put every bad ball away and even the trio of spinners weren't able to keep him quiet. He to to his fifty as well without any hassles. It looked like Lanka will walk away with a flawless day but Roston Chase didn't let that happen. He induced a false shot from the Lankan skipper and caught him off his own bowling. Karunaratne, after notching up a ton and a fifty in the first Test, fell for 42 in this essay.
West Indies also lost a couple of reviews as well as the wicket didn't offer any semblance of a chance to the bowlers. There is rain predicted on all remaining four days and both the teams will have that on the back of their minds while trying to come up with any strategy.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 113 for 1(Pathum Nissanka 61; Roston Chase 1-33)