Its the Day 2 of the Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st Test. Day 1 was fully dominated by the Sri Lankan batters. Sri Lanka lost only 3 wickets on the first day and it was a tough day for West Indies. Dimuth Karunaratne, once again, brought up his century and was unbeaten at the start of the day’s play. He wants to capitalize on this chance and pile up a huge total. On the other hand, West Indies wants to change their fortunes. An exciting day of Test Cricket awaits us. We will review the Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2.
West Indian bowlers have something to cheer for in the first session of the Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2. 28 overs were bowled in this session. Sri Lanka only managed to score 75 runs and also lose three wickets with the well set Dimuth Karunaratne. Clear indication that it’s gonna favour the bowlers, spinners in particular, as the pitch wears on… Sri Lanka lost both overnight batters at the edge of first hour, but Chandimal has ensured that momentum didn’t slip away from the hosts, thanks to a vital partnership with Ramesh Mendis in the second half. The spinners, as expected, bowled majority of the overs.
There was also an update on Jeremy Solozano injury. He will take no further part in this game. Shai Hope has been has been approved as the concussion substitute for the debutant.
West Indies were at a comfortable position at the start of the game. And their captain Dimuth Karunaratne also mentioned in the conference that his team was looking at a total above 400. But they were bowled out for 386 runs. But they will be pleased with 386. West Indies too should be fairly happy that they bowled Sri Lanka out for 386 despite the hosts being placed at 281/3 in the morning. Roston Chase leads his team off the field after taking his 4th five-wicket haul in Tests.
West Indies have to face just 7 overs in this session. West Indies escaped a tricky little phase before tea. The visitors may have survived the little period, but life ahead is going to be difficult for the batters with evidence already for turn and bounce.
This session was purely belonged to Sri Lanka. If in the previous sessions, their batters dominated the session. In this session, it was their bowlers who have taken the charge. Their left arm spinners Lasith Embuldeniya and Praveen Jayawickrama started with the wickets and then Ramesh Mendis joined them. The introduction of Ramesh Mendis was an inspiring one as the all-rounder claimed three wickets to reduce West Indies to 100/6. Mayers has walked out with a positive intent, but West Indies would need him to convert this start into a big score to make a match of this.
And at the end of the day, West Indies were 113/6. It is no very difficult for the visitors to make a match out of this.
This was am eventful day of cricket. Day 1 saw the fall of only three wickets but the game move at a very fast rate today. West Indies pulled things back to an extent in the first two sessions by taking seven wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 386. And their openers even got them off to a decent start after the tea break. However, Embuldeniya broke the opening stand and from there on, West Indies kept losing wickets at regular intervals.