With the centuries of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis, Sri Lanka scored 386 for 4 on Day 1 of the first Test against Ireland at the Galle International Stadium. The host is seeming to set a big total for Ireland. Lets see how the SL vs IRE Day 1 unfolded.
SL vs IRE Day 1 Report
The first day of the Galle Test started with Sri Lanka opting to bat. Skipper Karunaratne and Kushal Mendis played magnificent innings of 179 and 140 respectively. The duo made a partnership of 281 for the second wicket. And this duo beat the previous record of 253 in Galle set by India’s Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara for the second wicket in 2017.The partnership was finally broken by George Dockrell with a score of 345.
Sri Lanka lost their first wicket in the form of Nishan Madhushka at the score of 64. Nishan Madhushka scored 29(48) before getting out by Curtis Campher. After Kusal Mendis, Sri Lanka lost their 3rd wicket early. The former captain Angelo Mathews got a three-ball duck by Benjamin White while hitting a wide delivery.
The second new ball brought the wicket of Karunaratne in the 74th over by Mark Adair. With his knock, he became the fifth-highest run scorer for Sri Lanka in Tests with now 6,409 runs in 85 Tests.
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At the stumps of the first day, Chandimal and night-watchman Prabath Jayasuriya were unbeaten on 18 and 12. Dhananjaya de Silva and Sadeera Samarawickrama are yet to come. If they set a big total then it might be hard for Ireland to come back on this turning and bouncing pitch of Galle. Earlier, Sri Lanka skipper Karunaratne won the toss and elected to bat first. And this is the first time Ireland is playing more than one test match in a series. Also, both teams are playing the first test against each other.
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