Cheek, ap. Host Sri Lanka has tightened its grip in the first match of the two-Test series being played against West Indies. On the second day of the match, the spinners led by off-spinner Ramesh Mendis (3/23) took six wickets for 113 runs till the end of the game. Sri Lanka scored 386 runs in the first innings. West Indies are 273 runs behind after the second day’s play with four wickets remaining. Kyle Myers (22 not out) and Jason Holder (1 not out) were at the crease at the end of the second day’s play.

Mendis dismissed Craig Brathwaite (41), Shai Hope (10) and Roston Chase (2). Apart from them, Praveen Jayavikrame (2/25) and left-arm spinner Lasith Imbuldenia (1/39) also managed to take wickets. Made a great comeback by taking the wicket inside 119. Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (3/87) supported the chase well.

Sri Lanka started the day with 267 runs for three wickets. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne was on 132 and Dhananjay de Silva was on 56 at that time. De Silva, however, added just five runs to his score and was hit wicket by Shannon Gabriel (2/69). He added 111 runs for the fourth wicket with Karunaratne.

Shortly after, Chase ended his 147-run innings by getting Karunaratne stumped. Karunaratne hit 15 fours in his 300-ball innings. Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal played an innings of 45 runs in 83 balls and partnered with the tail batsmen to take the score beyond 360 runs.

Younger debutant Jeremy Solozano, who was injured after a ball hit his helmet while fielding at short leg on the opening day of the match, was ruled out of the match due to a concussion. Shai Hope was included in the West Indies team in his place.

Edited By: Viplove Kumar