Twitter Reactions: Sri Lankan spinners push West Indies further back in 1st Test

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.

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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: