GALLE: Dhananjaya de Silva ended the West Indies’ hopes of a maiden win on Sri Lankan soil with a superb six-hour spell on the crease to complete day 4 with an unbeaten 153 right here on the Galle Worldwide Stadium on Thursday.
The vacationers went wicketless by the ultimate session, with Lasith Embuldeniya rounding out a report 107-run partnership.
Sri Lanka completed on 328 for eight at stumps and are forward by 279 runs. No staff has chased that many to win a Take a look at match in Galle.
“A target close to 300 runs is a little bit difficult especially on a wicket that is tough to bat on,” stated West Indies coach Phil Simmons.
“De Silva batted really well and there was one chance and we couldn’t hold on. He played us out of the game.”
De Silva’s again to the wall knock helped the hosts out of bother when he walked in to bat at 73-3, a lead of simply 24.
Having first put up a 78-run stand with in a single day batsman Pathum Nissanka, de Silva then went on to eke out an important partnership of 51 with Ramesh Mendis.
It was de Silva’s eighth Take a look at ton and the 30-year-old ticked over 150 in model by driving Nkrumah Bonner for 4.
The West Indies have been ruing a dropped catch off de Silva when he was on 5, with wicket-keeper Joshua Da Silva spilling the prospect. The batsman made the vacationers pay with a superb counterattack.
So as to add insult to damage, Veerasammy Permaul dropped de Silva off his personal bowling when he was on 116.
The West Indies path the two-Take a look at sequence 0-1. The very best profitable run chase in Galle is 268 by Sri Lanka in 2019 towards New Zealand.
The vacationers launched tempo to unsettle the batsmen, however with a few pulled boundaries off Kemar Roach, de Silva ensured that Sri Lanka had the momentum.
Opener Nissanka, taking part in simply his sixth Take a look at match, posted his third half-century within the sequence with a conservative strategy. Nissanka made 66 earlier than a Roston Chase supply noticed him dismissed on the final ball earlier than lunch.
Mendis then misplaced his wicket and Angelo Mathews — scuffling with a hamstring damage — got here into bat on the fall of the seventh wicket. He managed only one run.
SRI LANKA (1st Innings) 204 (Nissanka 73, Karunaratne 42; Permaul 5-35, Warrican 4-50)
WEST INDIES (1st Innings) 253 (Brathwaite 72, Blackwood 44; Mendis 6-70)
SRI LANKA (2nd Innings, in a single day 46-2):
Dimuth Karunaratne run out 6
Pathum Nissanka lbw b Chase 66
Oshada Fernando run out 14
Charith Asalanka c Bonner b Permaul 19
Dhananjaya de Silva not out 153
Dinesh Chandimal c & b Chase 2
Ramesh Mendis c Roach b Brathwaite 25
Suranga Lakmal lbw b Permaul 7
Angelo Mathews c Blackwood b Permaul 1
Lasith Embuldeniya not out 25
EXTRAS (B-4, LB-4, W-1, NB-1) 10
TOTAL (for eight wickets, 119 overs) 328
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-7 (Karunaratne), 2-39 (Fernando), 3-73 (Asalanka), 4-151 (Nissanka), 5-157 (Chandimal), 6-208 (Mendis), 7-219 (Lakmal), 8-221 (Mathews)
STILL TO BAT: Praveen Jayawickrama
BOWLING (to-date): Veerasammy Permaul 39-4-100-3; Roston Chase 27-2-82-2; Jomel Warrican 29-5-76-0; Kemar Roach 7-0-18-0 (1w, 1nb); Jason Holder 9-1-24-0; Kraigg Brathwaite 5-0-11-1; Nkrumah Bonner 3-1-9-0
Printed in Daybreak, December third, 2021