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Dhammika Prasad takes four as Sri Lanka build lead

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Dhammika Prasad led the Sri Lankan counter attack as the home team managed to secure an important 113-run lead by the end of the second day of the second Test in Colombo.
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Sri Lanka 200 & 76-2 (Mendis 39) v
West Indies 
163 (Brathwaite 47) 
Second Test, Colombo, day two

Dhammika Prasad (4-32) took four wickets while Dilruwan Perera (3-28) chipped in with three as Sri Lanka bowled out West Indies for 163 runs in the first innings and took a 113-run lead by the end of the second day of the second Test in Colombo.

The day started 30 minutes later than scheduled because of the wet outfield caused by overnight rain.

West Indies resumed the day at 17 for one, 183 behind Sri Lanka's first innings total. Sri Lanka operated both thepacers in a bid to make use of the overcast conditions and the plan paid dividends as Dhammika Prasad (4-34) got rid of nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo (13) in the fifth over of the day.

Prasad looked the best bowler on display as he troubled Darren Bravo (2) with a series of bouncers. The stylish left-hander eventually chopped one on to his stumps leaving West Indies reeling at 37 for three.

Rangana Herath (1-39) was introduced into the attack as soon as Marlon Samuels (13) came to the crease. Samuels, along with overnight unbeaten batsman Kraig Brathwaite (47), added 39 runs for the fourth wicket before Milinda Siriwardana (2-26) got the former caught at slip at the stroke of lunch.

West Indies went to lunch at 77 for four having scored 60 runs in the first session while losing three wickets.

In the fifth over after the lunch break, Siriwardana picked up his second wicket as Brathwaite edged one to the keeper. A review from West Indies showed that the bat was scraping the ground at the same time that the ball was going past the edge - with no conclusive evidence, the onfield called was upheld.

Jermaine Blackwood (16) soon succumbed by playing a loose drive and nicking one behind the stumps to leave West Indies at 105 for six.

Denesh Ramdin (14) and Jason Holder (21) put on a 32-run stand for the seventh wicket. It was not long before Herath chipped in with his first wicket as he castled Ramdin, who looked to hit a big shot down the ground.

The procession of wickets continued when Dilruwan (3-28) found the edge of Holder and the catch was taken at slip. The off-spinner got another wicket by trapping Jerome Taylor (1) plumb in front.

Sri Lanka wrapped things up when Jomel Warrican (1) chipped a simple catch to Dilruwan off his own bowling. West Indies were bowled out for 162 in just 64.2 overs.

Prasad was the best bowler with four wickets while Dilruwan picked three. Siriwardana got two to his name and Herath snared one.

Sri Lanka came out to bat after the tea break having taken a handy lead of 37 runs. Taylor (1-15) got West Indies off to the perfect start by dismissing Dimuth Karunaratne (0) off the very first ball when the left-hander flicked one to square leg where Bishoo (0-20) took a splendid diving catch.

Kaushal Silva (31 not out) was given out LBW when a full delivery clipped him on the pads. Upon review, it was clear that the ball was missing the leg stump by a significant margin and Silva survived. Silva and Kusal Mendis (39) played with caution and added 55 runs for the second wicket.

Warrican (1-21) saw the back of Mendis in the 22nd over by inducing an edge that was snapped up by the keeper.

Nearing the end of the day’s play, Dinesh Chandimal (5 not out) survived when an LBW call was turned down by the umpire. West Indies reviewed, but the impact was marginally on leg stump and the umpire’s call stood.

Sri Lanka went into stumps with the score at 76 for two, and a lead of 113 runs. Taylor and Warrican picked up a wicket each while Jason Holder (0-9) was having the best economy.

With plenty of time remaining in this Test match, Sri Lanka will likely look to bat as long as possible and set up a daunting target for the visitors. West Indies on the other hand need quick wickets early on day three to even dream of a comeback in this match.

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