Sri Lanka maintains complete control after yet another unfair day

Sri Lanka maintains complete control after yet another unfair day

On Monday (April 17), Sri Lanka took complete control of the match against Ireland by stumps after dominating the first Test for the second day in a row. The home team declared at 591/6 before their bowlers took over, adding to the agony they had already caused Ireland on the first day.

Continuing at 386/4, Sri Lanka lost nightwatchman Prabath Jayasuriya promptly in the day. Sri Lanka still had work to do with the bat, as they also lost Dhananjaya de Silva early after Jayasuriya's departure. Although the spinner would return to the field in the second half of the day to afflict the Irish batsmen, Sri Lanka still had work to do with the bat. Dinesh Chandimal and Sadeera Samarawickrama, on the other hand, quickly toppled Ireland's hopes of wrapping up the Sri Lankan innings early.

Samarawickrama started with two limits off George Dockrell to get moving and Chandimal, who got a relief promptly in the day, likewise went on a limit binge to move the strain back on the guests. After surviving the lunch break without further damage, the two batters returned to complete a century stand. As the hosts declared at 591/6 to put Ireland out of their misery, Chandimal reached his 14th ton and Samarawickrama scored his first century in the next over.

Having been on the field for 131 overs, there were no curve balls that the guests gave up in tame design in their answer. Vishwa Fernando took care of Murray Commins and then took the big wicket of Andy Balbirnie in the same over, making Sri Lanka strike in just seven balls. While there was a concise recuperation on the rear of a 70-run represent the third wicket, the battle didn't keep going long. Jayasuriya designed the slide with the wicket of Harry Tector and afterward Curtis Campher fell in tame style in something similar over. Ireland went into stumps at 117/7, still 474 runs behind, with the spinner continuing to make inroads and finishing with a five-fer.

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