Karunaratne century foils Windies in Galle


An unbeaten century from Dimuth Karunaratne and a patient half-ton by Dinesh Chandimal allowed Sri Lanka reach 250 for four at stumps on the first day of the first Test against the West Indies in Galle.

Opener Karunaratne batted all day to register 135 not out while Chandimal was happy to be take his time as he compiled an unbeaten 72.

The Windies bowlers looked rather toothless throughout the day while they were not helped by some poor fielding as they dropped a couple of catches.

Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva put on 56 for the first wicket before Silva was out caught behind by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin of the bowling of paceman Kemar Roach.

Lahiru Thirimanne, who is under immense pressure to keep his place in the starting team, came in at number three and never looked comfortable at the crease.

He prodded and scratched around for 62 balls and only scored 16 before he was undone by legspinner Devendra Bishoo as the hosts were 101 for two at that stage.

Karunaratne and Chandimal made sure the Windies tasted no more success as they put on an unbeaten stand of 149 runs for the third wicket.