Karunaratne hundred powers Sri Lanka in first Test against Windies – Galle News
Sri Lanka completed the opening day with 267 for 3 on the board with Karunaratne going sturdy on 132 and Dhananjaya de Silva constructing on 56 earlier than umpires known as stumps after 88 overs of play. Roston Chase proved to be the decide of the bowlers, snaring two wickets for 42 runs.
Karunaratne gained the toss and elected to bat, and was joined by Pathum Nissanka to open the innings. Unable to make an early breakthrough, the West Indies turned to the off-spin of Rahkeem Cornwall, who stored issues tight against the best/left mixture.
Nissanka, who impressed on the T20 World Cup together with his aggressive fashion, made a seamless transition again to crimson-ball motion, snug in nullifying the opposition’s new ball risk. The Sri Lanka openers’ begin had West Indies on the backfoot, going wicketless in the first session with Karunaratne on 32* and Nissanka on 25*.
West Indies acquired their alternative after lunch. Shanon Gabriel pitched the ball vast and full, and Nissanka took the bait — edging to Rahkeem Cornwall at first slip — after a nicely-made 140-ball 56.
The Sri Lanka captain was joined by Oshada Fernando in the center. Karunaratne continued to punish the wayward bowling from West Indies at a quicker price. The skipper acquired to his half-century and inched in the direction of the three-determine mark earlier than the third session. The hosts added 102 runs to their rating earlier than tea in the second session, taking them to 163/1.
However, the story modified at first of the ultimate session. Roston Chase labored his magic to get the wicket of Oshada Fernando with the assistance of Nkrumah Bonner who caught an excellent catch at quick leg. In tandem, Jason Holder contained the batters with 4 maidens again-to-again and as strain mounted, Angelo Mathews holed out in the deep off Chase’s bowling.
Despite a interval of standard wickets slowing down the scoring, Karunaratne then partnered with Dhananjaya de Silva to revive management.
Karunaratne continued on his wealthy vein of type and smashed his third consecutive Test hundred in three matches. Dhananjaya too joined the social gathering with a half-century to limit any additional injury earlier than the tip of the play.
Sri Lanka 267/3 in 88 overs (Dimuth Karunaratne batting 132, Pathum Nissanka 56, Dhananjaya de Silva batting 56; Roston Chase 2/42).