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Perera, Mendis consolidate after SL’s early struggle



Shannon Gabriel continued to torment the Sri Lankan batsmen

Shannon Gabriel persevered to torment the Sri Lankan batsmen © AFP

Barring a temporary length of blitz by way of Kusal Perera, aided with some improve by way of Kusal Mendis, it used to be a consultation ruled by way of the Windies pacers as Sri Lanka controlled to achieve 79 for three at Lunch at the opening day of the second Test in St. Lucia on Thursday (June 14).

Sri Lanka, who had received the toss and elected to bat, had are available in with 4 adjustments. While Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Gamage had been out because of damage, the spin duo of Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera used to be overlooked on a pitch that used to be anticipated to lend a hand the pacers.

With excellent tempo and leap on be offering, Windies’ new-ball pair of Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel bowled a checking out opening spell. Debutant Mahela Udawatte’s keep on the crease lasted handiest two deliveries as Gabriel controlled to urge an edge off his bat to Jason Holder at slips. Dhananjaya de Silva’s resistance did not remaining too lengthy both as he used to be undone by way of the steep leap. The ball from Gabriel rose sharply after pitching and were given the interior fringe of his bat directly to the stumps to scale back the guests to 15 for two.

Amidst all this, Kusal Perera survived. He overlooked, used to be overwhelmed and however the Windies pacers did not push aside him. He were given off to a slightly uncharacteristic get started, managing handiest two runs off his first 30 deliveries. But as soon as Gabriel and Roach went off assault, the pitch grew to become much less venomous, and batting changed into more straightforward, the southpaw took benefit. The spotlight of his transient breeze used to be the 3 consecutive limitations he hit off Jason Holder to take Sri Lanka previous the 50-run mark.

Perera seemed smartly set to use the beginning, however his innings used to be quickly lower brief by way of Roach, who used to be reintroduced into the assault. Off the primary ball of his 2nd spell, coming across the wicket, he had the left-hander out of doors edging a fend to Holder at slips.

With somewhat of struggle and somewhat of audacity, Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal survived until Lunch.

Brief rankings: Sri Lanka 79/three (Kusal Perera 32, Kusal Mendis 26*; Shannon Gabriel 2-37) vs Windies.

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