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Day 1 report: Sri Lanka’s openers began sturdy in opposition to the West Indies after rain stopped play till after tea within the second Take a look at at Galle on Monday.
Match officers prolonged play after the hosts gained the toss however stopped half an hour early with unhealthy gentle after simply 34.4 overs.
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Pathum Nissanka outscored skipper Dimuth Karunaratne to succeed in his third Take a look at fifty with a boundary driving Jason Holder straight down the bottom.
He was unbeaten on 61 in 109 deliveries with 4 fours and a six.
“There was lot of spin on the monitor and it’ll worsen as we transfer on,” Dhananjaya de Silva, attributable to bat at quantity 5, informed journalists.
“Something above 300 goes to be an excellent whole on this monitor and Pathum goes to be the important thing for us,” he added.
Karunaratne was dismissed for 42 when he provided a return catch to Roston Chase, lacking out on equalling the world document for many successive Take a look at half-centuries, however de Silva mentioned the captain was unfazed.
“Dimuth is a optimistic man. Whether or not the wicket is popping or seaming he would not care. He goes with a optimistic mindset and that rubs off to the staff as properly,” de Silva mentioned.
The West Indies exhausted two opinions, first difficult a call after a leg-before shout in opposition to Nissanka off Holder.
The vacationers then argued for a caught behind with Oshada Fernando but to attain, however that too was unsuccessful.
The wicket is already providing help to spin bowlers and the monitor is predicted to additional deteriorate as the sport progresses.
Sri Lanka made one change to the aspect that gained the primary Take a look at by 187 runs, leaving out quick bowler Dushmantha Chameera and beefing up their batting with Charith Asalanka, marking the previous under-19 captain’s Take a look at debut.
The West Indies introduced in quick bowler Kemar Roach and spinner Veerasammy Permaul, changing Shannon Gabriel and Rahkeem Cornwall.
Permaul is taking part in his first Take a look at in six years and can.netplement fellow left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.
“We felt that with Roston Chase already bowling off-spin that we might be higher off with two left-arm spinners,” mentioned West Indies bowling coach Roddy Estwick.
“Warrican was wanting good and Permaul clearly is.neting after a lay off and he shall be good tomorrow, I feel.”
Roach, the eighth highest wicket-taker for the West Indies in Take a look at match cricket, was a shock omission within the first Take a look at.
Play will get underway quarter-hour early over the subsequent 4 days to catch up for misplaced time.
With inputs from AFP