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WI vs SL, 1st Test, Day 2, Review: Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble

Dowrich slammed a century while the Lankans lost a majority of their top-order at the close of play on Day 1.

Windies players celebrate
Windies players celebrate. (Photo Source: Twitter)

At the end of the second day of the 1st Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka, the visitors are in all sorts of trouble. Carrying on with an overnight score of 246/6, West Indies batsmen managed to put up a huge total of 414 on the board and declared the innings there.

They have made the most of the first two days of the match where the pitch is expected to be the best for batting. Batting on the last three days won’t be as easy and troubles will only intensify for Sri Lanka who already lost 3 wickets by the end of day’s close. Windies wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich managed to get to his century to get his team into such a commanding position.

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Shane Dowrich: just what the doctor ordered

West Indies were down to 147/5 on day-1. However, it was Shane Dowrich who somewhat revived the innings. But on day-2, he was an absolute beast. With an overnight score of 46, Dowrich went from strength to strength on day-2. It was important that he had to be there to help Windies try and put a big first innings total on the board. He did more than what he was expected to do.

In the company of Devendra Bishoo, Dowrich built a partnership of 112 runs. This pair added 93 runs on the second day before the wicket fell when the score was 339. Bishoo played the perfect partner to Dowrich and showed some great resilience. After having played 32 dots on the first day, Bishoo also added some handy runs on the board. He scored 40 off 160 balls.

Once his wicket fell, it seemed as if things opened up for Sri Lanka and they would bowl Windies out quickly. But, that was not to be the case. Kemar Roach who came in was equally gritty about his batting too. He scored 39 off 95 balls pushing the lead further. Dowrich remained not out on 125 before West Indies decided to declare the innings on 414. Lahiru Kumara added one more wicket to his tally of 3 wickets from the previous day.

Sri Lanka rattled, West Indies on top!

After posting this huge first innings total, West Indies were relentless with the ball as well. Openers Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera was back in the pavilion within no time. Kusal Perera was out the first ball that he faced in the innings in his comeback game. He played a poor shot edging the ball into the keeper’s gloves. Kusal Mendis was dismissed by Shannon Gabriel after Jason Holder took a very good, low catch. Mendis only managed to score 4 runs.

However, the biggest blow of the day came in the form of wicket of Angelo Mathews. Mathews stayed positive and tried to play some attacking cricket. In the process, he chased a wide delivery from Jason Holder and edged that to the third slip after he scored 11 runs. Sri Lanka didn’t send in a night watchman. It was Dinesh Chandimal and Roshen Silva who were batting in the middle at the close of day’s play.

Chandimal played 31 deliveries to score his 3 runs while Silva only faced 3 deliveries. This partnership will be the key for Sri Lanka on day-3 if there are to give any competition to the West Indies.

Brief Scores:

WI: 414/8 d in 154 overs (Shane Dowrich 125*, Shai Hope 44, Lahiru Kumara 4/95)

SL: 31/3 in 10 overs (Angelo Mathews 11, Kusal Mendis 4, Kemar Roach 1/2)

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