Herath’s twin strikes peg back Windies in Galle

Galle, Oct.15 (ANI): Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath flexed his bowling muscles as <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>West Indies were 66-2 at stumps on the second day of the opening Test against <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Sri Lanka in Galle on Thursday.

Herath maintained a complete stranglehold over the tourists after Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal continued their batting exploits by piling up a 238-run partnership for the third wicket.

While Karunaratne (186) missed out on a maiden <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>double hundred, fellow centurion Chandimal was dismissed for 151.

After the dismissal of the twin centurions, <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Sri Lanka were immediately bundled out for 484 in their first innings, thanks to <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who returned figures of 4-143.

<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews also played a substantial knock of 48 before falling prey to his <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>West Indies counterpart Jason Holder after the tea break.

In reply, <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>West Indies failed to get a strong start as both openers Kraigg Brathwaite (19) and Shai Hope (23) were dismissed off Herath’s deliveries.

The tourists are currently trailing <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Sri Lanka by 418 runs, with Darren Bravo (15) and Marlon Samuels (7) remaining unbeaten at the crease. (ANI)

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