GALLE: In a slow session of play Sri Lanka scored 67 for one wicket off 24 overs bowled by West Indies on the opening day of the first Test played at the Galle International Stadium.
Not only were West Indies with a quartet of fast bowlers fallen well behind the required over rate of 30 for the session, Sri Lanka also played cautious cricket hoping to build up a substantial first innings total having elected to bat first after winning the toss.
Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva posted a half-century partnership but with half an hour for lunch Silva lost his concentration and pushing forward to a delivery from Kemar Roach bowling his second spell edged a catch to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin with his score on 17.
That was to be West Indies’ only success of the morning for Karunaratne batting confidently was unbeaten on 41 scored off 88 balls with four fours and batting with him Lahiru Thirimanne who negotiated the final 26 minutes before lunch to remain one not out.
In extreme hot conditions West Indies used their quick bowlers in short spells. Spin was introduced towards the tailend of the session and it was a surprise to see part time spinner Marlon Samuels being given a bowl ahead of leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
Prior to the start of the Test Milinda Siriwardana was handed his Test cap by former Sri Lanka cricketer and present national selector Brendon Kuruppu.
Scores: Sri Lanka 67-1 at lunch (Dimuth Karunaratne 41 n.o., Kemar Roach 1/14) v West Indies.