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Herath rattles West Indies with late strikes

Visitor stumbles to 66 for 2 at close after Karunaratne, Chandimal muscle Sri Lanka to 484

Rangana Herath removed both openers cheaply to leave West Indies struggling at 66 for 2 at stumps in reply to Sri Lanka's 484.
Rangana Herath removed both openers cheaply to leave West Indies struggling at 66 for 2 at stumps on the second day of the first Test in Galle on Thursday (October 15), still 418 runs behind Sri Lanka’s 484 all out.
After a record stand of 238 between Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal, veteran left-arm spinner Herath dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope in quick succession, leaving West Indies with a mountain to climb.
Herath, 37, has hinted that he may retire next year, but at the ground where in his last appearance he took a match-winning seven wickets against India, he will be key to Sri Lanka's prospects of notching up another victory in a match that is likely to be affected by the weather.
Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, the two most experienced batsmen, carry West Indian hopes of making a match of it, unbeaten at the close with 15 and seven respectively.
Brathwaite was the first West Indian batsman to be dismissed, trapped leg before wicket in Herath's second over. He had been ruled leg before in Herath's first over, but made a successful review of Richard Illingworth’s decision.
Hope had teed off against Sri Lanka's new-ball attack of Dhammika Prasad and Nuwan Pradeep, whom he clouted for three boundaries in his opening over.
But he was sent packing after scoring 23 when he was bowled by Herath, the ball clipping offstump after turning past the batsman's outside edge.
The late wickets put the host firmly back in control of the match after the loss of its last five wickets for just 36 runs had threatened to undo some of the work of Karunaratne and Chandimal.
Karunaratne, the left-hand opening batsman, batted for 482 minutes in making 186 before tamely holing out to Samuels, the part-time offspinner. It was a Test best for the 27-year-old, who faced 354 balls, with 16 fours and one six.

Chandimal was also in delightful touch, hitting 16 fours and two sixes in his innings of 151 -- his second hundred at Galle in as many matches following his 162 against India in the previous outing that turned near-certain defeat into a famous 63-run victory.
He was finally dismissed by Jerome Taylor, caught by Jermaine Blackwood as he drove uppishly to extra cover.
Sri Lanka had appeared on course to score well over 500. But the dismissal of Angelo Mathews, the skipper, off the bowling of his opposite number Jason Holder after a brisk 48 sparked a lower-order collapse.
Much of the damage was wreaked by Devendra Bishoo, the legspinner who took three of those wickets to finish with figures of 4 for 143 in a marathon 40-over spell.
Jerome Taylor was the pick of the West Indies' fast bowlers, taking 2 for 65 in hot and humid conditions.

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