Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - West Indies crumble against spin after SL fold for 386. Sri Lanka had a productive day again after losing their stranglehold initially.
Sri Lanka had a productive day again after losing their stranglehold initially.
Sri Lanka spinners ran riot in the final session on Day 2 to snatch back the momentum of the Galle Test after Roston Chase's five-fer seemed to bring West Indies back on level-pegging. Sri Lanka began the day on 267/3 but lost their seven wickets for just 119 runs in just over a session-and-a-half to finish on 386. The West Indies batters couldn't quite match up to their bowlers' performances, conceding six wickets to Sri Lanka's spin trio of Ramesh Mendis, Praveen Jayawickrama and Lasith Embuldeniya. The visitors limped to 113 for 6, trailing Sri Lanka by 273 runs
Dimuth Karunaratne began the day with an overnight century to his name but had to trudge back three short of a 150 following a sharp stumping from an alert Joshua Da Silva. Before that, in bizarre fashion, Dhananjaya de Silva departed after getting out hitwicket. 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.
The two dismissals allowed West Indies to choke the Sri Lankans for runs. 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. West Indies picked as many wickets in one session on Day 2 as they did in the entirety of Day 1, and went on to do better in the post-Lunch period.
Jomel Warrican started the proceedings by dismissing Lakmal leg before. Chandimal perished shortly after that wicket, while attempting to play a cheeky reverse sweep. It added to Chase's wickets column but was down to the wily anticipation from Rahkeem Cornwall at first slip, who began to move to his right just when Chandimal was getting into position to play the shot. Sri Lanka went from 361 for 8 to 386 all out. It was a bowling performance that the West Indies batters should've used as a springboard to completely take control of the fixture, but they couldn't.
The openers saw out seven tricky overs before Tea but the collapse against spin began in the final session. Though it was Chase who walked away with the best figures, the day also belonged to left-arm spinners. Lasith Embuldeniya made the first incision by packing off Jermaine Blackwood, who took a review back with him. Nkrumah Bonner pushed tentatively at a delivery from the other left-armer – Praveen Jayawickrama to leave the visitors on 51 for 2.
Ramesh Mendis arrived into the attack and made the big dent with two wickets in his two overs, taking out the set Brathwaite with a leg slip ploy and having Shai Hope – WI's concussion substitute – tentatively poking to short leg. Jomel Warrican played out the hat-trick ball but his stay lasted only seven more deliveries. Another bowling chance brought immediate dividends as Jayawickrama returned to have Warrican edging to Chandimal behind. Intriguingly, Warrican opted for a review and took it back with him as it showed a clear deflection on replays.
A couple of overs before stumps, Mendis gained a stronger foothold on the game by replicating his previous dismissal, this time against Chase. Like Hope, Chase was dismissed thanks to Oshada Fernando's sharp reflexes at short leg. Kyle Myers finished the day with two successive boundaries off Mendis but the day that could've belonged to West Indies finished well and truly in Sri Lanka's corner.
Brief Scores: West Indies 113/6 (Kraigg Brathwaite 41; Ramesh Mendis 3-23, Praveen Jayawickrama 2-25) trail Sri Lanka 386 (Dimuth Karunaratne 147, Dhananjaya de Silva 61; Roston Chase 5-83, Jomel Warrican 3-87) by 273 runs