GALLE – Rangana Herath removed openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope cheaply to leave West Indies struggling at 66 for 2 at stumps on the second day of the first Test in Galle today, still 418 runs behind Sri Lanka’s 484 all out.
After a record stand of 238 between Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal, the veteran left-arm spinner dismissed Brathwaite and Hope in quick succession, leaving West Indies with a mountain to climb.
Herath, 37, has hinted that he may retire next year, but at the ground where in his last appearance he took a match-winning seven wickets against India, he will be key to Sri Lanka’s prospects of notching up another victory in a match that is likely to be affected by the weather.
Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, the two most experienced batsmen, carry West Indian hopes of making a match of it, unbeaten at the close with 15 and seven respectively.
Brathwaite was the first West Indian batsman to be dismissed, trapped leg before wicket in Herath’s second over. He had been ruled leg before in Herath’s first over, but made a successful review of Richard Illingworth’s decision, with replays showing the delivery pitching outside leg-stump.
Hope had teed off against Sri Lanka’s new-ball attack of Dhammika Prasad and Nuwan Pradeep, whom he clouted for three boundaries in his opening over.
But he was sent packing after scoring 23, bowled by Herath, the ball clipping off-stump after turning past the batsman’s outside edge.
The late wickets put the hosts firmly back in control of the match after the loss of their last five wickets for just 36 runs had threatened to undo some of the work of Karunaratne and Chandimal.
Karunaratne, the left-hand opening batsman, batted for 482 minutes in making 186 before hitting a delivery back to Samuels, the part-time off-spinner. It was a Test best for the 27-year-old, who faced 354 balls, with 16 fours and one six.
Chandimal was also in delightful touch, hitting 16 fours and two sixes in his innings of 151 – his second hundred at Galle in as many matches following his 162 against India in the previous outing that turned near-certain defeat into a famous 63-run victory.
He was finally dismissed by Jerome Taylor, caught by Jermaine Blackwood as he drove uppishly to extra cover. The West Indies had earlier reprieved him on three occasions with dropped chances, the first when he was 11
and ironically Taylor being the culprit.
The West Indies spilled five catches in all during the innings.
Sri Lanka had appeared on course to score well over 500. But the dismissal of Angelo Mathews, the skipper, off the bowling of his opposite number Jason Holder after a brisk 48 sparked a lower-order collapse.
Much of the damage was caused by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo who took three of those wickets to finish with figures of 4 for 143 in a marathon 40-over spell.
Sri Lanka 1st Innings (Overnight; 250/2)
D Karunaratne c & b Samuels 186
K Silva c Ramdin b Roach 17
L Thirimanne c sub (R Chandrika)
b Bishoo 16
D Chandimal c Blackwood b Taylor 151
D Mathews* c & b Holder 48
M Siriwardana c Ramdin b Taylor 1
K Perera+ b Gabriel 23
D Prasad c Holder b Bishoo 13
R Herath LBW Bishoo 0
T Kaushal not out 9
N Pradeep c Gabriel b Bishoo 0
Total: 484 All Out (152.3 Overs)
Extras: (b 4, lb 5, w 5, nb 6) 20
Fall of Wickets: 1-56 (Silva, 17.6 ov), 2-101 (Thirimanne, 40.6 ov), 3-339 (Karunaratne, 113.6 ov), 4-425 (Chandimal, 133.4 ov), 5-427 (Siriwardana, 135.2 ov), 6-448 (Mathews,
141.1 ov), 7-467 (Prasad, 148.4 ov), 8-467 (Herath, 148.5 ov), 9-475 (Perera, 149.4 ov), 10-484 (Pradeep, 152.3 ov).
West Indies 1st Innings Bowling: J Taylor 20-4-65-2, K Roach 19-3-57-1, J Holder 21-4-36-1, S Gabriel 20-2-76-1, M Samuels 27-4-84-1, D Bishoo 40.3-2-143-4, K Brathwaite 5-0-14-0.
West Indies 1st Innings
K Brathwaite LBW Herath 19
S Hope b Herath 23
D Bravo not out 15
M Samuels not out 7
Total: 66/2 (21 Overs)
Extras: (nb 2) 2
Still to Bat: J Blackwood, D Ramdin+, J Holder*, D Bishoo, J Taylor, K Roach, S Gabriel.
Fall of Wickets: 1-33 (Brathwaite, 7.3 ov), 2-49 (Hope, 15.1 ov).
Sri Lanka 1st Innings Bowling: D Prasad
4-3-4-0, N Pradeep 5-0-29-0, R Herath 8-2-14-2, T Kaushal 4-1-19-0.
Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat
State of Match: West Indies trail by 418 runs