Chandimal hits 119 as WIndies dismisses Sri Lanka for 253

Tanya Simon
June 17, 2018

Gros Islet: Dinesh Chandimal waged a lone battle as Sri Lanka struggled to 157 for the loss of five wickets at tea on Day I of the second Test against West Indies, here, at the Darren Sammy National Stadium. Gamage's departure could mean an global debut for fast bowler Asitha Fernando while depending on the nature of the surface, Sri Lanka could also be tempted to try Akila Dananjaya. With Jason Holder, the Windies captain, praising his lower-order batting for their dogged stint with the bat, there will be less pressure on the likes of Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite, who have carried the West Indian batting for the past year or two.

Resuming on 176-3, Sri Lanka needed 277 more runs for an unlikely win but lasted only 30 more overs and was all out for 226 as it collapsed from 218-5 at Queen's Park Oval.

Before Silva's dismissal though, Holder had got amongst the wickets by removing Kusal Mendis for 45 via an excellent running catch by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich from a miscued pull.

Chandimal, badly missed by Smith at slip off Miguel Cummins when only on 14, grew in confidence and resolve to strike his 11th Test century.

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Chandimal s innings spanned five hours and occupied 186 deliveries with ten fours and one six. The Caribbean side dismissed the visitors for 253 before closing the day at 2-0.

Gabriel struck twice early having debutant Mahela Udawatte caught second ball by Holder. He was hit on the finger by Shannon Gabriel, who was fiery with the ball.

Wickets continued to fall around Chandimal through the afternoon but just as it looked as if they would fail to cross the 200-run mark, the tailenders showed courage in support of their captain, taking a few blows on the body to give the senior man a chance to reach a noted landmark and give themselves something to try to defend on day two.

Sri Lanka have lost Angelo Mathews midway through their West Indies tour, after he left for home due to personal reasons.

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