Sri Lanka make solid start against Windies after rain

Sri Lanka make solid start against Windies after rain
Sri Lanka's Pathum Nissanka (R) and his captain Dimuth Karunaratne (C) run between the wickets on the first day of the second Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on November 29, 2021. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)
Sri Lanka make solid start against Windies after rain
Sri Lanka make solid start against Windies after rain

After rain halted play until after tea in the second Test at Galle on Monday, Sri Lanka’s openers made a strong start against the West Indies.

After the hosts won the toss, officials extended play, but it was called off half an hour early due to poor lighting after only 34.4 overs.

Pathum Nissanka outscored skipper Dimuth Karunaratne with a boundary driving Jason Holder straight down the ground to reach his third Test fifty.

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He was unbeaten on 61 off 109 balls, with four fours and a six.

Karunaratne was out for 42 when he offered a return catch to Roston Chase, failing to equal the world record for most consecutive Test half-centuries.

The West Indies went through two reviews, the first of which was a challenge to a decision made after a leg-before shout against Nissanka off Holder.

They then argued for a caught behind with Oshada Fernando still to score, but that was also denied.

The wicket is already assisting spin bowlers, and the track is expected to deteriorate further as the game progresses.

Sri Lanka made one change to the team that won the first Test by 187 runs, omitting fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera and bolstering their batting with Charith Asalanka, making his Test debut.

The West Indies replaced Shannon Gabriel and Rahkeem Cornwall with fast bowler Kemar Roach and spinner Permaul.

Permaul will join fellow left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican in his first Test appearance in six years.

Roach, the West Indies’ eighth-highest wicket-taker in Test match cricket, was a surprise omission in the first Test.

Over the next four days, play will begin 15 minutes earlier to make up for a lost time.

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