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De Silva century takes Sri Lanka to massive lead

West Indies Tour of Sri Lanka 2021

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Dhananjaya de Silva made his 8th Test ton, putting on a record 107-run partnership alongside Lasith Embuldeniya, to give Sri Lanka a 279-run lead at the close of play on day 4.

The pair came together with Sri Lanka in precarious position at the fall of Angelo Mathews’ wicket. At 221/8 and a lead of just 172 on the board, the onus was on de Silva to deliver for Sri Lanka and deliver he did. The right-hander was as elegant as ever as he went to his century and expertly managed the strike between himself and Embuldeniya before the latter gained some confidence against the spinner.

They ended up putting on the biggest partnership in Tests in Galle for the 9th wicket, while closing in on the 9th wicket record for Sri Lanka, the 118 runs put together by Thilan Samaraweera and Ajantha Mendis against India at the P Sara Stadium in 2010.

Pathum Nissanka looked the most comfortable batter for Sri Lanka in the 1st innings and continued that form in the 2nd as well, as he looked to pull Sri Lanka out of trouble alongside fellow overnight batter Charith Asalanka early on day 4.

Asalanka, promoted to No. 4 late on day 3, looked to attack the West Indian spinners but fell to an almost identical dismissal as he had done in the 1st innings after a steady partnership of 38 alongisde Nissanka. The left-hander, coming off some impressive form in the shorter formats of the game, once against pushed too hard at a delivery from Veerasamy Permaul pitching outside the off-stump. The ball kicked off the pitch and hit him high on the bat, bobbing up for an easy catch for the man at short leg.

Nissanka looked solid in defense throughout the session and alongside Dhananjaya de Silva helped Sri Lanka avoid a collapse, but was dismissed at a crucial point when the pair were just beginning to bat the Windies into a corner. The right-hander who has been prolific in first class cricket over the last couple of years, will be disappointed he was unable to push towards a century, with scores of 56, 3, 73 & 66 in the series.

De Silva managed to stay in after being dropped by Joshua da Silva on 5, putting on 78 alongside Nissanka, 51 with Ramesh Mendis and 107 with Embuldeniya.

With the track settling down considerable, Sri Lanka could possibly look to bat on for a couple of overs on day 5, before putting the Windies back into bat.


Result


West Indies
253/10 (104.2) & 132/10 (56.1)

Sri Lanka
204/10 (61.3) & 345/9 (121.4)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Pathum Nissanka lbw b Veerasammy Permaul 73 148 0 0 49.32
Dimuth Karunaratne c & b Roston Chase 42 90 0 0 46.67
Oshada Fernando c Joshua Da Silva b Jomel Warrican 18 27 0 0 66.67
Angelo Mathews b Jomel Warrican 29 45 0 0 64.44
Dhananjaya de Silva c Joshua Da Silva b Veerasammy Permaul 2 2 0 0 100.00
Charith Asalanka c Nkrumah Bonner b Veerasammy Permaul 10 15 0 0 66.67
Dinesh Chandimal lbw b Jomel Warrican 2 8 0 0 25.00
Ramesh Mendis c Shai Hope b Jomel Warrican 5 9 0 0 55.56
Suranga Lakmal c Jomel Warrican b Veerasammy Permaul 12 20 0 0 60.00
Lasith Embuldeniya b Veerasammy Permaul 1 7 0 0 14.29
Praveen Jayawickrama not out 0 1 0 0 0.00


Extras 10 (b 0 , lb 7 , nb 3, w 0, pen 0)
Total 204/10 (61.3 Overs, RR: 3.32)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kemar Roach 6 2 12 0 2.00
Jason Holder 8 2 23 0 2.88
Kyle Mayers 2 0 13 0 6.50
Veerasammy Permaul 13 3 35 5 2.69
Roston Chase 14 0 64 1 4.57
Jomel Warrican 18.3 5 50 4 2.73
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Kraig Brathwaite b Lasith Embuldeniya 72 185 0 0 38.92
Jermaine Blackwood lbw b Praveen Jayawickrama 44 99 0 0 44.44
Nkrumah Bonner lbw b Ramesh Mendis 35 95 0 0 36.84
Shai Hope lbw b Ramesh Mendis 22 89 0 0 24.72
Roston Chase c Pathum Nissanka b Ramesh Mendis 10 33 0 0 30.30
Kyle Mayers not out 36 58 0 0 62.07
Jason Holder lbw b Ramesh Mendis 4 10 0 0 40.00
Joshua Da Silva b Ramesh Mendis 0 1 0 0 0.00
Kemar Roach c Dhananjaya de Silva b Praveen Jayawickrama 8 9 0 0 88.89
Veerasammy Permaul b Lasith Embuldeniya 15 38 0 0 39.47
Jomel Warrican c Chamika Karunaratne b Ramesh Mendis 1 7 0 0 14.29


Extras 6 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 6, w 0, pen 0)
Total 253/10 (104.2 Overs, RR: 2.42)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 9 3 22 0 2.44
Lasith Embuldeniya 35 13 94 2 2.69
Ramesh Mendis 34.2 8 70 6 2.05
Praveen Jayawickrama 25 4 59 2 2.36
Dhananjaya de Silva 1 0 8 0 8.00
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne run out () 6 10 0 0 60.00
Pathum Nissanka lbw b Roston Chase 66 154 0 0 42.86
Oshada Fernando run out () 14 41 0 0 34.15
Charith Asalanka c Nkrumah Bonner b Veerasammy Permaul 19 55 0 0 34.55
Dhananjaya de Silva not out 155 262 0 0 59.16
Dinesh Chandimal c & b Roston Chase 2 12 0 0 16.67
Ramesh Mendis c Kemar Roach b Kraig Brathwaite 25 58 0 0 43.10
Suranga Lakmal lbw b Veerasammy Permaul 7 11 0 0 63.64
Angelo Mathews c Jermaine Blackwood b Veerasammy Permaul 1 5 0 0 20.00
Lasith Embuldeniya b Jason Holder 39 124 0 0 31.45


Extras 11 (b 4 , lb 4 , nb 2, w 1, pen 0)
Total 345/9 (121.4 Overs, RR: 2.84)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Veerasammy Permaul 40 4 106 3 2.65
Roston Chase 27 2 82 2 3.04
Jomel Warrican 29 5 76 0 2.62
Kemar Roach 8 0 27 0 3.38
Jason Holder 9.4 1 26 0 2.77
Kraig Brathwaite 5 0 11 1 2.20
Nkrumah Bonner 3 1 9 0 3.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Kraig Brathwaite lbw b Ramesh Mendis 6 21 0 0 28.57
Jermaine Blackwood c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 36 92 0 0 39.13
Nkrumah Bonner b Lasith Embuldeniya 44 143 0 0 30.77
Shai Hope c Suranga Lakmal b Ramesh Mendis 16 24 0 0 66.67
Roston Chase c Avishka Fernando b Ramesh Mendis 0 1 0 0 0.00
Kyle Mayers c Dhananjaya de Silva b Ramesh Mendis 0 4 0 0 0.00
Jason Holder c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 3 12 0 0 25.00
Joshua Da Silva not out 4 15 0 0 26.67
Kemar Roach lbw b Lasith Embuldeniya 13 17 0 0 76.47
Veerasammy Permaul lbw b Ramesh Mendis 1 5 0 0 20.00
Jomel Warrican c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 3 3 0 0 100.00


Extras 6 (b 4 , lb 2 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 132/10 (56.1 Overs, RR: 2.35)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Lasith Embuldeniya 20.1 6 35 5 1.74
Ramesh Mendis 25 6 66 5 2.64
Praveen Jayawickrama 10 3 23 0 2.30
Charith Asalanka 1 0 2 0 2.00