Dilshan, Chamara star in Lanka’s recovery
End on 217 for 5 after being 117 for 5:
An unbroken sixth wicket partnership between Tillekeratne Dilshan 58
and Chamara Silva 37, helped Sri Lanka recover and make 217 for five on
day one of the Second and final Digicel Test against the West Indies
On a day where there were three stoppages for rain Sri Lanka were
tottering at 117 for five when Dilshan and Silva got together to rescue
Amazingly only 46.3 overs were bowled as 151 minutes of normal
playing time was lost.
Dilshan who made his 16th Test 50 had 6 fours and his stand of
exactly 100 with Silva came in 100 deliveries. After seeing a grass
cover on the wicket the Sri Lankan selectors made a last minute change
bringing in paceman Ishara Amerasinghe, leaving out spinner Rangana
West Indies too went for an all out pace attack, dropping Sulieman
Benn and introducing speedster Fidel Edwards and giving birthday boy
Sewnarien Chattergoon his first test cap.
It was the consensus here that off spinner Amrit Jaggernauth should
have won his first cap too after his amazing success in the Carib Series
tournament. But the selectors dropped him and it remains to be seen how
the local supporters would react to Jaggernauth’s dropping.
The Sri Lankan selectors were more positive and although they tossed
in Amerasinghe and with the Windies likely to bat last, Muttiah
Muralitheran could baffle and lure the Windies to their destruction.
Chris Gayle called correctly and asked Sri Lanka in and has Sri Lanka
skipper said, he would have had no hesitation in batting if he had won
the toss. Openers Michael Vandort and Malinda Warnapura again gave the
Sri Lankans and excellent start putting on 61 for the first wicket.
On a wicket that had a grass cover unlike in Guyana where the wicket
was bare of grass, Gayle in asking the Lankans in was hoping that his
opening bowlers Darren Powell and Jerome Tylor would justify his
They bowled everywhere other than on line and Vandort and Warnapura
had no difficulty in coping with them and making runs when the
Both openers were dropped early in their innings, but proceeded
undaunted to add 61, before Edwards replacing Taylor bowled a telling
spell where at one stage he had 3 for 14.
First man out was Warnapura, excellently caught at third slip by
Chattergoon diving to his left for 35.
Then with the score on 72 Kumar Sangakkara could not take his bat
away from a delivery that pitched middle and moved off Edwards to be
caught behind by Ramdin for 10. Then Edwards struck again luring Vandort
to touch a harmless delivery down the leg side to Ramdin for 30.
Thilan Samaraweera did not last long getting a touch to an outswinger
from Taylor to be pouched by Gayle at first slip for 6. Then Taylor
bowled the ball of the match. It pitched middle, moved that much to beat
the lunging bat of Jayawardena and clip his off stump. That was a big
wicket considering that Jayawardena was settling down to play another
vital innings for his side.
At 117 for 5, it looked as though it was the beginning of the end of
the Lankan innings. It was then that Dilshan and Silva got their act
together. When play resumes on day two Dilshan and Silva must keep their
feet on the pedal and motor the team to a big score.
Dilshan and Silva who took the fight to the Windies with some
audacious strokeplay and aggressive running between the wickets have
upset the home team’s strategy.
There must be no letting off and they must make their business to
help their team build and imposing score, so that they can transfer the
pressure on to the West Indians.
Of the Windies bowlers Jerom Taylor had 2 for 36 and Fidel Edwards 3
With the wicket likely to take spin as the game progress, the Windies
could regret the leaving out of both spinners Sulieman Benn and Amrit
Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Thursday
SRI LANKA - 1ST INNINGS
M. Vandort c Ramdin b Edwards 30
M. Warnapura c Chattergoon b Edwards 35
K. Sangakkara c Ramdin b Edwards 10
M. Jayawardene b Taylor 26
T. Samaraweera c Gayle b Taylor 6
T. Dilshan c Ramdin b Edwards 62
C. Silva c Powell b Bravo 76
C. Vaas c Ramdin b Powell 1
T. Thushara run out 1
M. Muralitharan c Bravo b Powell 8
I. Amerasinghe not out 0
EXTRAS (lb-8 w-5 nb-10) 23
TOTAL (all out, 64.5 overs) 278
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-62 2-72 3-93 4-112 5-117 6-222 7-224 8-240 9-255.
BOWLING: Powell 17-7-59-2 (w-1), Taylor 17.2-7-74-2 (nb-6),
Edwards 18-4-84-4 (nb-3 w-3), Gayle 2-2-0-0, Bravo 10.3-2-53-1 (nb-1 w-1).