Sri Lanka claw back in 2nd Test as Mendis sparks West Indies collapse

By: AFP      Published: 05:55 PM, 1 Dec, 2021
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Sri Lanka's Oshada Fernando (R) plays a shot as West Indies' wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva (L) looks on during the third day of the second Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and West Indies

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, who have yet to win a Test match in Sri Lanka, 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.

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. 

Sri Lanka v West Indies 2nd Test scoreboard

Scoreboard at the end of day three of the second Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Galle on Wednesday:

Sri Lanka first innings: 204 (Nissanka 73, Karunaratne 42; Permaul 5-35, Warrican 4-50)  

West Indies first innings (overnight 69-1)  

Kraigg Brathwaite b Embuldeniya              72  

Jermaine Blackwood lbw b Jayawickrama        44  

Nkrumah Bonner lbw b Mendis                  35

Shai Hope lbw b Mendis                       22

Roston Chase c Asalanka b Mendis             10

Kyle Mayers not out                          36

Jason Holder lbw b Mendis                     4

Joshua Da Silva b Mendis                      0

Kemar Roach c de Silva b Jayawickrama         8

Veerasammy Permaul b Embuldeniya             15

Jomel Warrican c sub (Karunaratne) b Mendis   1

Extras: (nb 6)                                6  

Total: (all out, 104.2 overs)               253  

Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Blackwood), 2-137 (Bonner), 3-166 (Brathwaite), 4-180 (Hope), 5-191 (Chase), 6-197 (Holder), 7-197 (da Silva), 8-208 (Roach), 9-246 (Permaul), 10-253 (Warrican).    

Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 9-3-22-0 (nb 2), Lasith Embuldeniya 35-13-94-2 (nb 4), Ramesh Mendis 34.2-8-70-6, Praveen Jayawickrama 25-4-59-2, Dhananjaya de Silva 1-0-8-0.  

Sri Lanka second innings

Dimuth Karunaratne run out (Mayers)           6

Pathum Nissanka not out                      21

Oshada Fernando run out (Blackwood/da Silva) 14

Charith Asalanka not out                      4

Extras: (lb 1)                                1

Total: (two wickets, 21 overs)               46

Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Karunaratne), 2-39 (Fernando).

To bat: Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Ramesh Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Angelo Mathews.

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


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