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Sri Lanka 67-1 at lunch on day 1 vs. West Indies

Sri Lanka 67-1 at lunch on day 1 vs. West Indies after winning toss

Sri Lanka 67-1 at lunch on day 1 vs. West Indies

GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka made cautious progress to reach 67-1 at lunch on the opening day of the first test against the West Indies in Galle after winning the toss on Wednesday.

The opening pair struggled at times against the visitors' pace attack but Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva put on a half-century stand before Silva (17) was caught behind off the bowling of Kemar Roach shortly before the interval.

Roach came back for his second spell from the Dutch Fort End -- the preferred end for fast bowlers in Galle as they have the breeze behind them -- and made the breakthrough with the last ball of his initial over, with Silva edging a ball moving away from him.

At lunch, Karunaratne was unbeaten on 41 and Lahiru Thirimanne was on one. Thirimanne is under pressure to retain his place in the team, having managed just two fifties in his past 28 test innings.

The West Indies chose four pace bowlers and one spinner although the Galle wicket traditionally favors spin.

Sri Lanka are playing two specialist spinners in Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal and also selected all-rounder Milinda Siriwardene for his test debut after strong form in a lead-up tour match.

Sri Lanka have had a torrid year in test cricket, having lost an away series to New Zealand and home series to Pakistan and India.


Updated : 2021-09-21 12:21 GMT+08:00