Twitter Reactions: Sri Lankan spinners push West Indies further back in 1st Test
West Indies still trailing by 273 runs and with just four more wickets in hand.
Updated - Nov 22, 2021 5:39 pm
Sri Lanka have tightened their grip over the first Test match against West Indies at the Galle International Stadium on Day 2. Resuming at their overnight score of 267/3, the Lankan Lions went onto post 386 before losing their all 10 wickets. While the home team would have eyed a even more substantial score, their bowlers made the score look a mountain.
Spin trio of Ramesh Mendis, Praveen Jayawickrama and Lasith Embuldeniya made the ball talk as none of the Caribbean batters could make a significant mark. As a result, the visitors were 113/6 at the end of Day 2. West Indies are still trailing by 273 runs and with just four more wickets in hand, not many are backing them to make a substantial comeback.
Sri Lankan spinners spun their web
Earlier in the day, West Indies bowlers put up a much better effort and didn’t allow the Sri Lankan middle-order to make a significant mark. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who resumed the day at 131, could only add 15 more runs to his tally. While Dhananjaya de Silva also got out on 61, Dinesh Chandimal showcased resistance on the second day and made a well-compiled 45.
As a result, the home team advanced to 386 while batting first. As far as the Lankan side is concerned, Roston Chase took a five-wicket haul while Jomel Warrican dismissed three batters. While West Indies would have been pretty satisfied with the bowling efforts on Day 2, the batters let them down.
The visitors did start off nicely with skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood adding 46 runs for the first wicket. However, things changed drastically after the first blood was drawn. West Indies suffered a middle order collapse and the same put Sri Lanka on command. West Indies finished the day at 113/6 with Kyle Mayers and Jason Holder being the two unbeaten batters in the middle.
The third day would definitely be crucial as West Indies will need to put up a fight to make any sort of comeback in the game. On the other hand, Sri Lankan would like to take the remaining wickets soon to push the visitors further on the backfoot.
Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitterati reacted to the proceedings of Day 2 of Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st Test:
Sri Lankan bowlers dominate the last session as West Indies finish the day on 113/6 trail SL's first innings by 273 runs.
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) November 22, 2021
Most recent instances of a day's play of a Test match ending with a boundary :-
Pujara 🇮🇳 (v Robinson) at Nottingham
Kyle Mayers 🌴 (v R Mendis) at Galle
Both were in 1st match of the series & both of them even hit 2 boundaries in that final over of the day.#SLvWI
— Rhitankar Bandyopadhyay (@rhitankar8616) November 22, 2021
Sri Lankan Spinners are doing their home work at Galle Stadium.
— DANUSHKA ARAVINDA (@DanuskaAravinda) November 22, 2021
— Dulith Kasun (DK) (@DulithK) November 22, 2021
SL vs. WI 1st Test: West Indies reduced to 113/6 (42) at stumps on Day 2 against Sri Lanka in Galle.
Jason Holder 1*
Kyle Mayers 22*
Kraigg Brathwaite 41
Ramesh Mendis 3/23
Praveen Jayawickrama 2/25
Sri Lanka first innings- 386.#SriLanka #lka #SLvWI
— NewsRadio – TNLRN (@newsradiolk) November 22, 2021
Lovely bowling from the spinners, yes a few too short & too full but most of them were just😍 #SLvWI
— M.Faadil Sabry (@MFaadilSabry) November 22, 2021
— Deshan Jayasinghe (@DeshanJayasing2) November 22, 2021
#SLvWI Galle Test
Day 2, Stumps
SL in commanding position.#WTC
— Cricket baba (@Cricketbaba5) November 22, 2021
Beautiful spin bowling by Srilankan spinners. No way anyone can call this a substandard pitch. Just a great masterclass in spin bowling. #SLvWI
— The Lucky One (@lakshithadasan3) November 22, 2021
— Insath bin Mansoor (@insath_official) November 22, 2021