Permaul (5/35), Warrican (4/50) force Sri Lanka collapse from 139-1 to 204; West Indies 69-1
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 204 (Nissanka 73, Permaul 35/5, Warrican 50/4) lead West Indies 69/1 (Blackwood 44, Jayawickrama 11/1) by 135 runs at Stumps on Day Two
Sri Lanka started the second day with a score of 113 for 1, however, the Caribbean bowlers didn’t take much time to put the home side batters in trouble.
Left-arm spinners Permaul, Warrican cause SL to collapse
One down batter Oshada Fernando smashed two boundaries before edging a quicker delivery bowled by left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, which was collected by Joshua Da Sliva behind the stumps. He went back to the pavilion on a personal score of 18. His partner Pathum Nissanka was trapped LBW by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul on a personal score of 73. The 32-year-old spinner scalped the wicket of next batter Dhananjaya de Siva in the same over, which resulted in the collapse of Sri Lankan batting.
Dhananjaya was left flabbergasted by huge spin and bounce off the surface and the ball touched his gloves to rest in the gloves of wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva.
Angelo Mathews walked off the pitch due to hamstring strain
Debutant Charith Asalanka reversed sweep his second ball of Test cricket towards the boundary. His batting partner Angelo Mathews struggled with a hamstring injury, which forced him to leave the pitch.
This put veteran batter Dinesh Chandimal in the middle. Asalanka slog-swept a loopy delivery bowled by Roston Chase towards the square leg boundary. However, Asalanka edged a delivery bowled by Permaul and short-leg fielder Nkrumah Bonner grabbed the catch easily. Also, Chandimal lost his wicket in the next over, as Warrican trapped him in front of the stumps plumb. Read More: SL vs WI - 2nd Test, Day 1, Galle - Nissanka-Karunaratne 106-run stand helps SL to 113-1
Sri Lanka got bundled out on 204, Permaul takes a fifer
Caribbean tweakers Permaul and Warrican wreaked havoc on the pitch due to extra spin and bounce off the surface. Sri Lanka lost their lower-order batters in the next few overs which led Mathews to return on the pitch. Mathews smoked two towering back-to-back sixes off left-arm spinner Warrican to collect some quick runs, as he couldn’t run much due to his hamstring problems.
However, he lost his partner Suranga Lakmal on 12. Mathews got bowled by Warrican after smashing a boundary towards mid-off on the previous delivery. Thus, Sri Lanka got bundled out on 204 in just 62 overs, as Permaul picked his first fifer in Test cricket and Warrican bagged four wickets.
West Indies get off to a decent start
Jermaine Blackwood and skipper Kraigg Brathwaite opened the batting for West Indies. Blackwood smashed a few boundaries before getting dropped by Charith Asalanka at the second slip on 17.
Both batters survived some close LBW shouts against right-arm off-spinner Ramesh Mendis. Blackwood continued to play his shots. Blackwood got out on the score of 44, as left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama trapped him in front of the stumps, which the batter reviewed but West Indies lost their first review as it was overturned.
Rain stopped the game in the end and it never kicked off again due to persistent showers forcing the umpires to call stumps. Read More: Modern-era West Indies – Powerhouse of T20 talent but different story in Test Cricket