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SL claw back in 2nd Test as Mendis sparks WI collapse

By AFP
December 02, 2021
SL claw back in 2nd Test as Mendis sparks WI collapse

GALLE: Ramesh Mendis led the Sri Lanka fightback at Galle with a six-wicket haul to bowl out the West Indies, but the hosts stumbled after returning to bat in the second Test on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka were 46-2 at stumps on day three, trailing by just three runs. But they lost Dimuth Karunaratne, who made six before he was run out in a superb piece of fielding by Kyle Mayers.

Karunaratne was man of the match in the first Test with scores of 147 and 83 but paid the price for attempting a quick early single as Mayers ran in and found him well short of the crease.

Oshada Fernando too was run out after being turned back by non-striker Pathum Nissanka.

With Angelo Mathews out with a hamstring injury, losing two early wickets was a massive blow for Sri Lanka. They have never lost a home Test to West Indies.

Earlier, off-spinner Mendis belatedly found his line and length, dismissing Nkrumah Bonner to end his 75-run stand with West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite.

It broke a two-session drought for Mendis, who then ran through the tourists’ middle order, ending with figures of 6-70 as the West Indies were all out for 253 after tea — a lead of 49.

The West Indies fell apart against the bounce of the new ball, though Mendis was denied a seventh wicket when wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal dropped Kemar Roach on eight.

Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya dismissed Brathwaite with a ball pitched on leg-stump that turned away sharply from the right-hander to clip the top of off-stump.

The West Indies were looking at a decent total and a considerable first-innings lead when they finished on 145-2 at lunch.

Brathwaite’s straightforward footwork and impregnable defence were a vital bulwark for the West Indies after two top-order collapses in the first Test.

The skipper cashed in when loose balls were on offer and was relentless against Sri Lanka’s two left-arm spinners, forcing the hosts to recalibrate to boundary protection.

But the afternoon collapse saw the visitors hand the initiative back to Sri Lanka on a fast-deteriorating wicket.

Mayers said he “took a few risks” on the way to his crucial unbeaten 36, and at the close of play he felt the West Indies had the “upper hand” after taking two early wickets.

Mendis said the home team wanted to ramp up pressure on the tourists by bowling dot balls and maiden overs, adding he was “pretty pleased” with his six-wicket haul.

The second Test has been plagued by inclement weather and bad light, and Wednesday was the first full day played.

Sri Lanka lead the two-Test series 1-0.

Score Board

Sri Lanka won the toss

Sri Lanka 1st Innings 204 all out

West Indies 1st Innings

Kraigg(c) b Embuldeniya 72

Jermaine lbw b Jayawickrama 44

Nkrumah lbw b Mendis 35

Hope lbw b Mendis 22

Roston c Asalanka b Mendis 10

Kyle not out 36

Holder lbw b Mendis 4

Joshua† b Mendis 0

Kemar c de Silva b Jayawickrama 8

Veerasammy b Embuldeniya 15

Jomel c sub C Karunaratne b Mendis 1

Extras: (nb 6) 6

Total: (104.2 Ov,) 253

Fall: 1-62, 27.4 ov 2-137, 58.1 ov 3-166, 71.5 ov 4-180, 80.5 ov 5-191, 84.3 ov 6-197, 86.5 ov 7-197, 86.6 ov 8-208, 89.2 ov 9-246, 101.1 ov 10-253, 104.2 ov.

Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 9-3-22-0 Lasith Embuldeniya 35-13-94-2 Ramesh Mendis 34.2-8-70 Praveen Jayawickrama 25-4-59-2 Dhananjaya de Silva 1-0-8-0

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings

Dimuth(c) run out (Mayers) 6

Pathum Nissanka not out 21

Oshada run out (Blackwood/†Da Silva) 14

Charith not out 4

Extras: (lb 1) 1

Total: (21 Ov,) 46/2

Yet to bat: Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal †, Ramesh Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama

Fall: 1-7, 1.5 ov 2-39, 14.3 ov

Bowling: Veerasammy Permaul 9-2-20-0 Roston Chase 5-1-8-0 Jomel Warrican 7-1-17-0

Test Debut: Charith Asalanka (SRI)

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Ruchira Palliyaguruge

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