Twitter Reactions: Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews and spinners make Sri Lanka’s win inevitable
The Caribbean side was 52/6 at stumps on Day 4, needing 296 runs to win the contest.
Updated - Nov 24, 2021 5:27 pm
Sri Lanka’s win in the ongoing first Test against West Indies is all but sure. The Caribbean side was 52/6 at stumps on Day 4, needing 296 runs to win the contest. With the track at the Galle International Stadium constantly deteriorating with time, the Caribbean team isn’t likely to make these many runs on the final day. However, taking four wickets is well within Sri Lanka’s reach and they would be the happier side at stumps.
As far as the proceedings of Day 4 are concerned, West Indies resumed at their overnight score of 224/9, trailing 162 runs behind Sri Lanka’s first innings score of 386. The visitors couldn’t add much for the last wicket and got bundled out for 230. This earned Sri Lanka a staggering 156-run lead in the first innings.
Angelo Mathews gets his mojo back
With the time running out in the game, Sri Lanka expectedly were attacking in their approach. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne backed his ton with a brilliant half-century. Contrary to his nature, the southpaw attacked bowlers from the outset and played some delightful shots all over the park. He even looked all set to record his second century of the game. However, off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall dismissed him for 83.
Besides Karunaratne, veteran all-rounder Angelo Mathews also came to the party. From Jason Holder to Roston Chase, Mathews spared none and slammed an unbeaten 69 off 84 deliveries. His blitzes meant the home team declared at 191/4 in 40.5 over, setting a target of 348 in front of the visiting team.
While the Sri Lankan batters scored runs for fun, the Caribbean side endured a hard time once again. Spin twins Ramesh Mendis and Lasith Embuldeniya spun their web around as West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals. In fact, besides Nkrumah Bonner, no Windies could reach double figures.
Notably, the visitors were also under the danger of getting bundled out for the lowest Test score. While the unfortunate record is currently with New Zealand (26), West Indies seemed on track to displace the Kiwis when they were reeling at 18/6. However, an unbeaten 34-run stand from Joshua Da Silva and Bonner took West Indies past 50. However, the visitors are still trailing behind and would need a substantial effort to bounce back.
Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitterverse reacted to the proceedings of Day 4:
— nazee (@nazee_marz) November 24, 2021
— Babar Azam Addictor 🇵🇰 (@Iambabarian56) November 24, 2021
Was caught up with some works from tea break of sl vs wi,so couldnt check the score, now when I see the score card damn, wi are 52/6 & Mathew's innings too 🔥🔥… felt like I hve tym travelled.. #SLvsWI
— Rukaiya Riyaz (@riyaz_rukaiya) November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka on a roll in Galle. Fantastic display by them. First with the bat and then with the ball. Come on Lads we are very near to the 7th spot in ICC test ranking. You can do it.
— 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐅𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐜 (@CricStats36) November 24, 2021
— Clifford Leqheku (@Coster_Rama2) November 24, 2021
— Muhammad Suraif (@MuhammadSuraif) November 24, 2021
Dimuth Karunaratne in his last four Tests:
◾ 147 and 83 vs West Indies, Galle
◾ 118 and 66 vs Bangladesh, Pallekele
◾ 244 vs Bangladesh, Pallekele
◾ 1 and 75 vs West Indies, Antigua
— Sachin Ghasil 🇮🇳 (@GhasilSachin) November 24, 2021
— !𝕤𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕥 𝕊. ℝ𝕒𝕘𝕙𝕦𝕨𝕒𝕟𝕤𝕙𝕚 🇮🇳 (@its_ishant45) November 24, 2021
Its a crazy performance by .@OfficialSLC boys 🙌 their spinners is on fire and now it will be a complete curtains off for @windiescricket boys 👍 so so congratulations to all the srilankans for this thumping performance 💙💙 test cricket in its best #SLvsWI
— Sanyukta Roy 🇮🇳 (@sanyukta_roy) November 24, 2021
— Karan Patel (@karannpatelll) November 24, 2021
— 𝕍𝕒𝕝𝕚𝕞𝕒𝕚 𝔸𝕣𝕛𝕦𝕟 (@DavidVaasu) November 24, 2021
Beautiful batting by Angelo Mathews
— CricWorld (@CricWorld21) November 24, 2021