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Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st Test: Dimuth Karunaratne hits century hosts end at 267/3 in first day – Latest Cricket News


Captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s unbeaten century helped Sri Lanka lay a solid foundation for 267 for three against the West Indies on the opening day of the two-match series against the West Indies on Sunday. Left-handed opener Karunaratne remained at the crease after scoring 132 runs in 264 balls with the help of 13 fours. Dhananjay de Silva is playing with him after scoring 56 runs. Both have put up a 97-run partnership for the fourth wicket so far. De Silva hit five fours in his unbeaten innings of 77 balls. Karunaratne’s decision to bat after winning the toss proved to be correct. He got Sri Lanka off to a strong start with Prathum Nisanka’s excellent opening partnership of 139 runs for the first wicket. Nisanka scored 56 runs in his innings of 140 with the help of seven fours.

Karunaratne, however, also got a gift of life. When he was batting on 14, Rahkim Cornwall’s ball took the outer edge of his bat and reached the hands of Jermaine Blackwood standing in the slips but the West Indies vice-captain dropped a simple catch. In a hurry to take wickets, West Indies lost both their reviews in the first session itself. He turned to the third umpire after Karunaratne’s LBW appeal was first rejected, which resulted in disappointment. After this, the review of the catch behind the wicket of Nisanka also went in vain. West Indies got their first breakthrough in the 50th over, when Shannon Gabriel (1 for 56) was caught by Cornwall at slips by Nisanka.

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Sri Lanka’s score at tea break was 163 for one. At the start of the third session, Roston Chase (2 for 42) tried to make a comeback to the West Indies by taking two early wickets. He sent Oshade Fernando and the experienced Angelo Mathieu to the pavilion. Both scored three runs each. Karunaratne completed his 13th Test century in 212 balls with two runs off Gabriel in the 69th over of the innings. During this, young West Indies player Jeremy Solozano got injured in the first session of the day while fielding at short leg. He left the field after the ball hit his helmet.

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The West Indies team management posted on social media a short time later that the player was not feeling well and was taken to a hospital in Colombo for a scan and further treatment. He later tweeted another saying that Solozano did not have any serious external injuries to his head, but that he would remain in the hospital for the night under the supervision of doctors. He said scans of Jeremy Solozano did not show any serious injuries. He will be kept under the supervision of the hospital doctors overnight. We will keep you informed about any further updates from our medical team.

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