Herath double strike keeps Sri Lanka ahead


A late double strike by 37 year-old left-arm spinner Rangana Herath put Sri Lanka firmly in control after the second day of the first Test against the West Indies in Galle.

The visitors were 66 for two at stumps, still a deficit of 418 runs, after Sri Lanka were bowled out for 484 in the final session day.

Herath got rid both opening batsmen, first trapping Kraigg Brathwaite lbw for 19 then bowling Shai Hope for 23, as the hosts try to force a win in the first of two Tests.

Earlier, Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit 186, a career best score, and Dinesh Chandimal 151 as the two men shared in a 238-run stand for the third wicket.

The partnership was eventually broken when Karunaratne offered spinner Marlon Samuels a caught and bowled chance while Chandimal was dismissed by Jerome Taylor.

The home team then collapsed in a heap, after being 425 for three at one stage, as the Windies fought back to see the Sri Lanka lower-order slump.

The Windies' legspinner Devendra Bishoo was the chief architect of the home team's slump, finishing with figures of four for 143 in 40.3 overs while seamer Taylor picked up two wickets.

The tourists have their two best batsmen, in Samuels and Darren Bravo, at the crease and will hope they contribute big scores to keep them in game.