SL consolidate position on Day 2

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Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 16:21 [IST]
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SL consolidate position on Day 2

On the morning of the second day of the second Test against the touring West Indies, hosts Sri Lanka still had a lot of rebuilding to do if they were to post a challenging total. The overnight not-out batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera, went about the task in earnest.

In the third over of the day itself, Samaraweera got Dwayne Bravo away for a four. Then in the next over, Sabgakkara too the challenge to Road and slapped him for two boundaries, one through extra cover and the other, backward of point. Two overs later, Samaraweera dished out similar treatment to Bravo, smashing him for two consecutive fours, one to long on and the other, to the third man boundary.

In the 50th over, Samaraweera brought up his fifty by running a single off Sammy. Sangakkara followed suit a couple of over later, to reach his half-century with a thunderous drive to the mid-wicket boundary. In the 56th over, the batting pair took the side's total past the 150-run mark. 12 overs and 37 runs later, with Sri Lanka well on the road to recovery, Sangakkara took a couple of chances, getting been away for two consecutive fours, one over mid on and one through the covers.

But just four overs later with the score over 200, the batting duo's record partnership of 170 runs came to an end when Bravo got Samaraweera caught by Shane Shillingford at fine leg. But even as the new batsman Angelo Mathews was trying to settle in, Sangakkara began counter-attacking from the other end. He lofted Shane Shillingford for a huge six over long on and then smacked him for a four straight after, past mid on. In the very next over, he had notched up his 24th century. It was a valiant innings given the circumstances.

Almost immediately, Mathews went ballistic, launching Shillingford over long-on for a six and then a couple of balls later, sweeping him to the fine leg boundary. Shortly afterwards, Sangakkara was in for a stroke of luck when he edged Dwayne Bravo only to see the wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh drop it.

Mathews continued playing a swashbuckling innings, hitting Roach for a miscued four over mid-on. But he had played one shot too many, when in the next ball, he was caught behind for 25. The next man to take guard - Prasanna Jayawardene - too started off his innings in an aggressive manner, getting Shillingford away for two boundaries - one to fine leg and the other, to mid-wicket.

With Sri Lanka at 294/5, heavy rain stopped play with chances of play resuming for the day looking quite bleak. Play was eventually called for the day at 3:45 pm. So, Sri Lanka was resume batting in Day 3 when the West Indies will try to shoot them out as early as possible to get sits own first innings on the road. But with Sangakkara at the helm of affairs currently, it won't be easy.


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