Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - West Indies make early inroads on Day 2. West Indies picked three wickets in the morning session
West Indies picked three wickets in the morning session
After toiling hard and picking just three wickets throughout the opening day in Galle, West Indies began Day 2 with as many in just the first session. Sri Lanka were rattled early as they lost both their overnight batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhanajaya de Silva early – the latter to a hitwicket. Dinesh Chandimal and Ramesh Mendis struck up a cautious partnership following those two dismissals, and were set to take Sri Lanka to lunch break without further damage but Jomel Warrican broke through to send Mendis packing.
On the flat pitch in Galle, Sri Lanka set out with the intention of piling on the runs, as there was no movement off the pitch or in the air for Jason Holder. Even Rahkeem Cornwall bowled flatter and quicker, without any turn on offer. The first bowling change of the morning brought the breakthrough, in rather bizarre fashion. In an attempt to swat the ball away from the stumps after inside edging it, Dhananjaya de Silva ended up knocking the bails off with his bat. His promising innings ended on 61 off 95.
Shannon Gabriel, who forced this error from the Sri Lankan batsman, bowled a fine spell in the morning where he kept hitting the good length and even kept a few short, occasionally slipping in the fuller delivery. More importantly, his lines were immaculate, tying down the Sri Lankan batsmen.
Karunatne eyed moving on in the company of Dinesh Chandimal, but that endeavour was brought to a halt by an alert Joshua da Silva behind the stumps. Roston Chase kept drawing the Sri Lankan captain on the front foot and beating the outside edge, and on one such occasion, an alert Da Silva spotted Karunaratne's back foot to be on the line and knocked the bails off. Replays confirmed that there was no part of Karunaratne's toe behind the crease, and he had to trudge back three short of 150.
The two dismissals allowed West Indies to choke the Sri Lankans for runs. New batsman Ramesh Mendis took 24 deliveries to pick his first run, while Chandimal too treaded cautiously to avoid a batting collapse. The pair added 35 runs in 12.1 overs since Karunaratne's dismissal, before Mendis gloved a Warrican delivery to first slip. Chandimal saw through the remaining three over in the company of Suranga Lakmal to take Sri Lanka to 341 for 6 at Lunch.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 341/6 (Dimuth Karunaratne 147, Dhananjaya de Silva 61, Pathum Nissanka 56; Roston Chase 3-60, Shannon Gabriel 2-58) vs West Indies