GALLE: Sri Lanka went through another dreary session of play moving to 141 for two wickets at tea on the opening day of the first Test against West Indies at Galle International Stadium.
Opener Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 82 in a spotless display of batting where he had faced 176 balls and hit eight fours.
Batting with him was Dinesh Chandimal on 18.
Karunaratne unbeaten on 41 at lunch moved to his half-century off 114 balls with five fours and looked firmly in control of the West Indies bowling which lacked the sting to cause any concern in the Lankan batting.
The wickets that fell to the bowlers were due to poor shots.
West Indies picked up only another solitary wicket during the session when the out of form Sri Lanka vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne was dismissed for an uncharacteristic 16 scored off 62 balls in a stay of one and a half hours at the wicket.
He attempted to drive leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo but only succeeded in giving substitute fielder Rajendra Chandrika an easy catch at mid-on.
The West Indies fielding under humid and hot conditions faltered during the session with Thirimanne being let off at first slip by Darren Bravo at six and Jerome Taylor spilling Chandimal at mid-on at 11.
Scores: Sri Lanka 141-2 at tea (Dimuth Karunaratne 82 n.o., Kemar Roach 1/20, Devendra Bishoo 1/39) v West Indies.