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Sri Lanka on top after Karunaratne, Chandimal tons

Dinesh Chandimal scored a colossal 151 as Sri Lanka dominated day two of the first Test against West Indies in Galle.
Dinesh Chandimal scored a colossal 151 as Sri Lanka dominated day two of the first Test against West Indies in Galle.
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Sri Lanka 484 (Karunaratne 186) v
West Indies 
66-2 (Hope 23)
First Test, Galle, day two

Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal hit 'daddy' hudreds and Rangana Herath struck twice before stumps on day two of the first Test to put Sri Lanka 418 runs ahead of West Indies in Galle.

The overnight pair of Karunaratne (186) and Chandimal (151) started the day in the same fashion as they had ended on day one, continuing a steady but confident approach. The duo added 89 runs in the first session's play. 

Karunaratne reached his 150 in 304 balls with the help of one six and 13 boundaries.

Chandimal, who resumed his innings on 72, went on to reach his fifth Test hundred in 196 balls while hitting a six and 10 boundaries.

With only a couple of overs to go before lunch, Karunaratne was dismissed, caught and bowled by Marlon Samuels (1-84), missing out on a well-deserved double hundred by only 14 runs

The wicket brought Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews (48) to the crease. 

The Chandimal and Mathews pair added 86 runs in the next session of play as Chandimal reached his 150 from 288 balls.

Just as things were looking ominous for West Indies, Jerome Taylor (2-65) provided a crucial breakthrough by dismissing Chandimal, caught by Jermaine Blackwood at extra cover. 

In his next over, Taylor dismissed debutant Milinda Siriwardana (0) cheaply, offering some consolation to the visitors ahead of the tea break. Sri Lanka ended the second session at 448 for five.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder (1-36) struck gold with the very first delivery after tea as he dismissed Mathews with a sharp bouncer, ending up with a simple return catch. 

After Mathews' wicket, West Indies grabbed the opportunity to dismiss the remaining Sri Lankan batting line-up in short order.

Devendra Bishoo (4-143) helped his side by dismissing Dhammika Prasad (13), Rangana Herath (0) and Nuwan Pradeep (0) in quick succession to dismiss Sri Lanka for 484 in the first innings. 

The last seven Sri Lankan wickets folded for less than 60 runs. Bishoo was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with four wickets while Taylor managed two.

West Indies began their response confidently as openers Kraigg Brathwaite (19) and Shai Hope (23) managed to hold the fort against the Sri Lankan pacers.

However, the introduction of spin - as expected - changed things immediately in favour of the home side.

Brathwaite survived a close lbw appeal against Herath (2-14). He was given out initially but the decision was reversed on review as the replays suggested the ball had pitched just outside leg.

However, Brathwaite's vigil came to an end in Herath's next over as he was given out lbw again. This time he chose not to review and went on his way.

Hope became Herath's next victim as he was clean bowled after scoring 23.

West Indies needed someone to see through the final overs of the day and Darren Bravo (15 not out) along with Samuels (7 not out) stood up to the task.

The pair negotiated six overs avoiding further damage. West Indies ended the day on 66 for two, still trailing Sri Lanka by 418 runs.

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