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Fiery Shannon Gabriel leaves Sri Lanka wobbling | Cricket

Sri Lanka 79 for three (Mendis 26*, Chandimal eight*) v West Indies


Shannon Gabriel struck twice with the form of brutal new-ball spell that’s turning into a pattern for him on this sequence and Kemar Roach eliminated Kusal Perera shortly earlier than lunch. Although Sri Lanka batted first on a monitor their captain anticipated to be pleasant, the guests discovered themselves at 79 for three by the top of the primary session.

Of Gabriel’s wickets, the ball to dismiss Dhananjaya de Silva is perhaps essentially the most consequential. Not simply because de Silva was batting properly – he had hit two Gabriel bouncers for 4 earlier within the innings – however as a result of it could have put de Silva out of the Test. Having bought a one other quick ball to jag sharply again in, Gabriel hit de Silva on the again elbow because the ball ricocheted onto the stumps.

De Silva dropped his bat, and dropped to his knees instantly, in apparent ache as a triumphant Gabriel ran previous him to have fun together with his teammates. The Sri Lanka physio got here on to take him off the sector, an ice pack utilized to the affected space. Later, de Silva was seen together with his arm in a sling. If scans reveal a fracture, he shall be out of the tour. He had additionally missed the primary Test as a result of dying of his father.

The two different dismissals have been these of the openers. Mahela Udawatte lasted solely two balls on Test debut, squared up by Gabriel, who drew a thick edge. Jason Holder dived throughout from third slip to snaffle the prospect, very near the bottom. Kusal Perera, in the meantime, had confirmed somewhat persistence agains Kemar Roach, who tried to tempt him into the booming cowl drive, with a sequence of broad, swinging, half-volleys.

Initially Perera resisted, however earlier than lengthy he started taking part in on the odd ball, and he missed repeatedly, Roach’s deliveries deviating an excessive amount of off the seam. He appeared uncomfortable on the crease for a lot of his 55-ball keep, mis-hitting loads of balls, although he additionally struck 5 fours. In the top, Roach bought him with one which didn’t transfer a lot. Angled in from broad of the stumps, the short-of-a-length ball took the shoulder of his bat and looped to 3rd slip. Perera made 32.

Kusal Mendis was Sri Lanka’s most fluent batsman, however even he had his shut calls, crushed on a number of events, and nearly caught by the keeper on the stroke of lunch. He started with two cuts for 4 off Gabriel. Later, he would mistime him down the bottom for one more boundary, and flick him to wonderful leg for a fourth. Last ball earlier than lunch, Gabriel would have had him out, had the wicketkeeper been in a position to attain one inch increased.

Mendis tried to ramp a short-of-a-length ball over the slips, however did join in addition to he needed to. The ball flew over wicketkeeper’s head – Shane Dowrich solely in a position to get the information of his webbing to that ball, earlier than it continued on to the boundary.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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