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Sri Lanka builds lead after bowlers' good show

Home side ends second day ahead by 113 runs after bowling West Indies out for 163 in second Test

Sri Lanka builds lead after bowlers' good show - Cricket News
Dhammika Prasad's four wickets helped Sri Lanka bowl West Indies out for 163 and end the second day with an overall lead of 113 runs.
Sri Lanka backed up a strong bowling performance with a solid start with the bat in its second innings on the second day of the second Test. After bowling the West Indies out for 163, Sri Lanka reached 76 for 2 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, an overall lead of 113. Kaushal Silva, the opening batsman, was unbeaten on 31 and had Dinesh Chandimal, unbeaten on 5, for company on Friday (October 23).
 
Dhammika Prasad's good form continued as he returned figures of 4 for 34, while Dilruwan Perera, the off-spinner, took 3 for 26. Perera took the last three wickets to fall in a second session that was extended by nearly 30 minutes to allow Sri Lanka wrap up the West Indies’ first innings. 
 
Kusal Mendis, the debutant right-hand batsman, impressed in Sri Lanka's second innings, scoring 39 off 66 balls. Mendis arrived facing a tough situation with the home side having lost Dimuth Karunaratne in the very first ball of the innings. Jerome Taylor had delivered a slow inswinger to the left-handed Karunaratne, whose flick found a diving Devendra Bishoo at square leg.


 
Mendis, however, showed no sign of nerves. He was ultimately caught behind off fellow debutant Jomel Warrican, the left-arm spinner. Chandimal then joined Silva and the duo played out 9.1 overs, adding 21 runs. 
 
Earlier, the West Indies batsmen had found it hard to score on the surface. Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, in particular, was miserly and gave away just 39 runs in 20 overs. 
 
West Indies resumed on 17 for 1, but lost three wickets in the morning session. Bishoo, the nightwatchman, was the first to depart when he edged a short and wide delivery to Kusal Perera, the wicketkeeper.
 
Two overs later, Prasad got Darren Bravo to chop one on to the stumps. 
 
Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite then managed to keep the bowlers at bay for 17 overs and added 39 for the fourth wicket. But Samuels fell in the penultimate over before lunch when he edged a Milinda Siriwardana delivery to Angelo Mathews at slip. 
 
Brathwaite then fell in the fifth over after lunch, edging while driving for Perera to take a good low catch behind the stumps to leave the West Indies 89 for 5. The visiting side needed substantial contributions from the lower middle order to not fall behind, but although all of Jermaine Blackwood, Denesh Ramdin, and Jason Holder spent time in the middle and got off to starts, none could go on to make a big score.  
 
In the morning, play began half an hour late because of a soggy outfield caused by heavy overnight rains. Although the light was gloomy at the start, it improved significantly by the afternoon.

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