GALLE: Dinesh Chandimal joined Dimuth Karunaratne as centurions as the two shared a record-breaking double century stand to put the West Indies bowling to the sword on the second day of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium.
The pair who resumed at the overnight total of 250-2 looked like batting throughout the morning session to deny the West Indies of any success but seven minutes before the lunch break Karunaratne who had played a chanceless innings of 186 lost his concentration and popped up an easy return catch to part-time spinner Marlon Samuels. He hit 16 fours and a six in his 354-ball knock which lasted a shade over eight hours.
His dismissal at 339 ended a third wicket stand of 238 with Dinesh Chandimal who was unbeaten on 113 at the interval. Angelo Mathews was not out one.
It is the first double century stand for any wicket in a Sri Lanka-West Indies series beating the previous best of 196 between Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo at the same venue in 2010.
It didn’t take long for Karunaratne to reach his 150, the second time he has gone past that figure in his short career.
Resuming at 135, he hit three fours off 16 balls to move to that milestone and looked good enough to score a double hundred when he fell shortly before lunch to a harmless half volley from Samuels which he could have hit anywhere he would have wanted.
In contrast to Karunaratne’s knock which was without any blemish Chandimal rode his luck to reach his fifth Test hundred off 196 balls with the aid of 10 fours and a six.
Having benefited by a dropped catch at 11 on the first day, he escaped another chance at 82 when Blackwell failed to hold a head high catch at point when he slashed at Gabriel.
Scores: Sri Lanka 250-2 contd 344-3 at lunch (Dimuth Karunaratne 186, Dinesh Chandimal 113 n.o.) v West Indies.