Dimuth Karunaratne’s 13th Test hundred helped Sri Lanka post 267/3 at the end of play on the opening day of the first Test against West Indies.
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Dimuth Karunaratne scored his 13th Test century to put Sri Lanka in a commanding position on the opening day of the first Test against West Indies in Galle on Sunday.
Sri Lanka finished the opening day with 267/3 on the board with Karunaratne going strong on 132* and Dhananjaya de Silva building on 56* before umpires called stumps after 88 overs of play. Roston Chase proved to be the pick of the bowlers, snaring two wickets for 42 runs. Stumps in Galle
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Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and elected to bat, and was joined by Pathum Nissanka to open the innings. The pair moved to 17/0 at the five-over mark, both hitting a boundary apiece.
Unable to make an early breakthrough, the West Indies turned to the off-spin of Rahkeem Cornwall, who kept things tight against the right/left combination.
Nissanka, who impressed at the T20 World Cup with his aggressive style, made a seamless transition back to red-ball action, comfortable in nullifying the opposition’s new ball threat.
The Sri Lanka openers’ start had West Indies on the backfoot, going wicketless in the first session with Karunaratne on 32* and Nissanka on 25*.
Sri Lanka captain was joined by Oshada Fernando in the middle. Karunaratne continued to punish the wayward bowling from West Indies at a faster rate. The skipper got to his half-century and inched towards the three-figure mark before the third session.
102 runs came for the hosts before Tea in the second session, taking them to 163/1.
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