Sri Lanka on top again as Ramesh Mendis, Praveen Jayawickrama run through West Indies

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West Indies worked themselves back into the game in the first two sessions, taking Sri Lanka’s last seven wickets for 105. But then they gave up all the ground they had gained in the evening, losing six wickets for 54 runs.

Essentially, what this means, is that despite Roston Chase’s five-wicket haul, West Indies are 273 runs behind Sri Lanka, with only four wickets remaining. They bat deep, but the pitch is already taking substantial turn, particularly for Sri Lanka’s spinners. So dominant were the slow bowlers of both sides on day two, that no batter could make a half-century; Dinesh Chandimal and Kraigg Brathwaite came closest, hitting 45 and 41 respectively.
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Sri Lanka batted first and made 386 in their first innings. In reply , West indies were tottering at 113 for 6 at the end of the second day’s play of the first test match being played at Galle Cricket Stadium.

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