St Lucia Test: Windies in control but Chandimal limits damage

Sri Lanka had captain Dinesh Chandimal to thank for a resolute batting display that kept West Indies at bay for much of the first day.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal scored an unbeaten 119.   -  Getty Images

Shannon Gabriel limited Sri Lanka to a first-innings score of 253 in the second Test, yet that total would have been much lower but for Dinesh Chandimal's resolve against West Indies.

Sri Lanka captain Chandimal elected to bat but was soon required to rescue his side from embarrassment as the host started strongly, his unbeaten knock of 119 restoring a measure of respectability after defeat in the first match.

Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Indeed, Gabriel (5 for 59) got to work straight away, removing Test debutant Mahela Udawatte for a duck with a thick edge to Jason Holder, before ruthlessly dispatching of Dhananjaya de Silva (12). Kusal Perera's stand ended at 32, but that brought Chandimal to the crease and the skipper forged a handy partnership of 67 with Kusal Mendis (45).

Steady fall of wickets

The wickets steadily began to fall again, though, with Chandimal watching partner after partner depart as he hung in and plundered the occasional boundary — 11 in total — to keep Sri Lanka ticking over.

Gabriel removed Roshen Silva (6) and Niroshan Dickwella (16) next, while Kemar Roach (4 for 49) began to make regular breakthroughs, too. But Chandimal carried his side past 200 and sought to ensure West Indies' momentum was checked where possible, even escaping a late dismissal as Roach overstepped.

His efforts were in vain as Lahiru Kumara departed for a duck two balls later, however, bringing the innings to an end, before the host batted out the final overs to head into Friday at 2-0 and in a commanding position.