Jordan Johnson smashes his second Youth Test century to delay Sri Lanka’s series win after the home side claimed 8 wickets of the visitors’ second innings on the second day of the 2nd Youth Test between the sides played today (13th September) at Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.
Sri Lanka resumed day two in a strong position with a score of 191/4 on the board but had a shaky start in the morning session, losing 3 quick wickets for 42 runs, including the overnight batters Dinura Kalupahana (33) and Sharujan Shanmuganathan (36).
However, Sri Lankan tail-enders didn’t give up as Malsha Tharupathi and Vihas Thewmika built a quick-fire 81-run stand for the 8th wicket to rejuvenate the innings. Tharupathi came up with a batting assault, scoring 70 runs off 49 balls with 6 fours and 4 sixes to put the opposition on the back foot.
Sri Lanka’s No. 9 batter Thewmika, also contributed with a useful 31 runs as Sri Lanka posted 326 runs for their first innings. Nathan Sealy was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies as he grabbed 4 wickets for 82 runs.
West Indies began their second innings 199 runs behind, and once again, Jordan Johnson had to play a lone warrior act with the bat for the visitors as the rest of the batters had no answers to Sri Lanka’s disciplined bowling effort.
Johnson, who made a century in the last game, went on to score another brilliant ton as the visitors posted 251/8 at the end of the second day’s play with just a 52-run lead. The off-spinner Vihas Thewmika continued to impress with the ball, scalping 3 more wickets after claiming a five-fer in the first innings.