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Karunaratne ton headlines Sri Lanka’s day

West Indies Tour of Sri Lanka 2021

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Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne’s century, his 3rd in his last 4 innings, saw the hosts dominate day 1 of the 1st Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.

The Sri Lankan Captain did not look like a man who had not played any international or first class cricket in 7 months, batting with characteristic ease against both pace and spin. He was given a reprieve, however, on 14, when Jermaine Blackwood failed to latch on to a catch at slip off the bowling of Rakheem Cornwall.

Sri Lanka’s innings was build around Karunaratne, as it so often has been in the recent past, with Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva contributing with half-centuries. Karunaratne put on a steady 139 alongside Nissanka and a more aggressive 97* alongside de Silva.

Both Nissanka and de Silva were impressive as well, the former opening the batting for the 1st time in Test cricket. De Silva will be relieved to get some runs under his belt after looking out of sorts in limited overs cricket over the last few months and eventually being benched throughout the T20 World Cup, despite being vice-captain of the team.

The West Indies looked flat during most parts of the day, despite using up to 8 bowlers and will need to produce something special on day 2 if they are to restrict Sri Lanka to under 400 on what looks like a good track for batting.

Having won the toss earlier in the day, it was a no-brainer for Sri Lanka to have a bat on a fresh Galle track, with rain expected to play a role later in the game.

In an unfortunate turn of events during the 2nd session, debutant Jeremy Solozano was hit flush on the grill of his helmet, fielding at short leg and had to be stretchered off. The opening batter was taken to the hospital. West Indies Cricket, released the following on his condition, “Jeremy Solozano’s scans show no structural damage. He will be kept at the hospital overnight for observation.”


Result


West Indies
230/10 (85.5) & 160/10 (79)

Sri Lanka
386/10 (133.5) & 191/4 (40.5)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Pathum Nissanka c Rahkeem Cornwall b Shannon Gabriel 56 140 7 0 40.00
Dimuth Karunaratne st Joshua Da Silva b Roston Chase 147 300 15 0 49.00
Oshada Fernando c Nkrumah Bonner b Roston Chase 3 27 0 0 11.11
Angelo Mathews c Jason Holder b Roston Chase 3 25 0 0 12.00
Dhananjaya de Silva hit-wicket b Shannon Gabriel 61 95 5 0 64.21
Dinesh Chandimal c Rahkeem Cornwall b Roston Chase 45 83 5 0 54.22
Ramesh Mendis c Joshua Da Silva b Jomel Warrican 13 49 2 0 26.53
Suranga Lakmal lbw b Jomel Warrican 11 44 2 0 25.00
Dushmantha Chameera c Kraig Brathwaite b Jomel Warrican 3 0 0 0 0.00
Lasith Embuldeniya c Jermaine Blackwood b Roston Chase 17 0 1 1 0.00
Praveen Jayawickrama not out 8 0 1 0 0.00


Extras 19 (b 5 , lb 6 , nb 8, w 0, pen 0)
Total 386/10 (133.5 Overs, RR: 2.88)
Fall of Wickets 1-139 (49.1) Pathum Nissanka, 2-164 (57.3) Oshada Fernando, 3-170 (65.1) Angelo Mathews, 4-281 (94.4) Dhananjaya de Silva, 5-296 (99.5) Dimuth Karunaratne, 6-331 (112.6) Ramesh Mendis, 7-355 (124.4) Suranga Lakmal, 8-361 (127.4) Dinesh Chandimal, 9-361 (128.1) Dushmantha Chameera, 10-386 (133.5) Lasith Embuldeniya,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Shannon Gabriel 19 2 68 2 3.58
Jason Holder 19 9 24 0 1.26
Rahkeem Cornwall 27 3 91 0 3.37
Kyle Mayers 3 0 9 0 3.00
Jomel Warrican 32 5 87 3 2.72
Roston Chase 28.5 3 83 5 2.91
Jermaine Blackwood 1 0 6 0 6.00
Kraig Brathwaite 4 0 6 0 1.50
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Kraig Brathwaite c Pathum Nissanka b Ramesh Mendis 41 115 7 0 35.65
Jermaine Blackwood lbw b Lasith Embuldeniya 20 44 1 1 45.45
Nkrumah Bonner c Dhananjaya de Silva b Praveen Jayawickrama 1 11 0 0 9.09
Shai Hope c Oshada Fernando b Ramesh Mendis 10 31 0 0 32.26
Roston Chase c Oshada Fernando b Ramesh Mendis 2 24 0 0 8.33
Jomel Warrican c Dinesh Chandimal b Praveen Jayawickrama 1 8 0 0 12.50
Kyle Mayers c Dimuth Karunaratne b Dhananjaya de Silva 45 62 8 0 72.58
Jason Holder c Dushmantha Chameera b Praveen Jayawickrama 36 60 3 2 60.00
Joshua Da Silva b 15 88 1 0 17.05
Rahkeem Cornwall c Ramesh Mendis b Suranga Lakmal 39 58 5 1 67.24
Shannon Gabriel lbw b Praveen Jayawickrama 2 11 0 0 18.18


Extras 18 (b 3 , lb 10 , nb 2, w 3, pen 0)
Total 230/10 (85.5 Overs, RR: 2.68)
Fall of Wickets 1-46 (20.1) Jermaine Blackwood, 2-51 (23.5) Nkrumah Bonner, 3-80 (31.6) Kraig Brathwaite, 4-83 (33.1) Shai Hope, 5-86 (36.6) Jomel Warrican, 6-100 (39.6) Roston Chase, 7-163 (57.1) Kyle Mayers, 8-175 (60.4) Jason Holder, 9-224 (79.6) Rahkeem Cornwall, 10-230 (85.5) Shannon Gabriel,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 6 1 10 1 1.67
Dushmantha Chameera 8 0 14 0 1.75
Lasith Embuldeniya 32 11 67 1 2.09
Praveen Jayawickrama 19.5 6 40 4 2.05
Ramesh Mendis 17 1 75 3 4.41
Dhananjaya de Silva 3 0 11 1 3.67
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Pathum Nissanka c Shai Hope b Rahkeem Cornwall 3 11 0 0 27.27
Dimuth Karunaratne c Jermaine Blackwood b Rahkeem Cornwall 83 103 9 0 80.58
Oshada Fernando lbw b Jomel Warrican 14 32 1 0 43.75
Angelo Mathews b 69 83 6 0 83.13
Dhananjaya de Silva c & b Jomel Warrican 1 7 0 0 14.29
Dinesh Chandimal b 10 8 0 0 125.00


Extras 11 (b 8 , lb 2 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 191/4 (40.5 Overs, RR: 4.68)
Fall of Wickets 1-4 (2.3) Pathum Nissanka, 2-39 (11.5) Oshada Fernando, 3-162 (36.3) Dimuth Karunaratne, 4-163 (38.1) Dhananjaya de Silva,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Rahkeem Cornwall 15.5 0 60 2 3.87
Jason Holder 5 0 19 0 3.80
Roston Chase 6 1 28 0 4.67
Jomel Warrican 9 0 42 2 4.67
Shannon Gabriel 4 0 23 0 5.75
Kraig Brathwaite 1 0 9 0 9.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Kraig Brathwaite lbw b Ramesh Mendis 0 14 0 0 0.00
Jermaine Blackwood c Angelo Mathews b Lasith Embuldeniya 9 18 0 0 50.00
Nkrumah Bonner not out 68 220 0 0 30.91
Shai Hope b Ramesh Mendis 3 9 0 0 33.33
Roston Chase b Lasith Embuldeniya 1 7 0 0 14.29
Kyle Mayers lbw b Ramesh Mendis 2 5 0 0 40.00
Jason Holder b Ramesh Mendis 0 1 0 0 0.00
Joshua Da Silva c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 54 129 0 0 41.86
Rahkeem Cornwall c Suranga Lakmal b Praveen Jayawickrama 13 46 0 0 28.26
Jomel Warrican c Avishka Fernando b Lasith Embuldeniya 1 21 0 0 4.76
Shannon Gabriel c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 0 6 0 0 0.00


Extras 9 (b 0 , lb 5 , nb 2, w 2, pen 0)
Total 160/10 (79 Overs, RR: 2.03)
Fall of Wickets 1-3 (3.4) Kraig Brathwaite, 2-11 (6.4) Jermaine Blackwood, 3-14 (9.1) Shai Hope, 4-15 (10.2) Roston Chase, 5-18 (11.3) Kyle Mayers, 6-18 (11.4) Jason Holder,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Lasith Embuldeniya 29 12 46 5 1.59
Ramesh Mendis 31 5 64 4 2.06
Praveen Jayawickrama 14 6 28 1 2.00
Dhananjaya de Silva 1 0 5 0 5.00
Dushmantha Chameera 4 0 12 0 3.00