ICC World Test Championship 2021/22
Day 1, 1st Test: Sri Lanka 267-3 in 88 overs
Venue: Galle International Stadium
Toss: Sri Lanka won toss and elected to bat
All-rounder Roston Chase was the pick of the West Indian bowlers clinching two of the three wickets to fall on the opening day of the first Test. Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Kurunaratne took the spotlight with a well-made unbeaten century as the home team batted all day on a good batting surface.
The Sri Lanka openers – captain Karunaratne Pathum Nissanka – gave their team a solid start as the visitors went wicketless in the first session with Karunaratne on 32 not out and Nissanka on 25 not out. West Indies got their opportunity after lunch when Shannon Gabriel pitched the delivery wide and full, and Nissanka took the bait – edging to Rahkeem Cornwall at first slip – after he made 56 off 140 balls.
Left-hander Kurunaratne was then joined by Oshada Fernando. The skipper continued to flourish and got to his half-century and inched towards the three-figure mark before the third session. However, the story changed at the start of the final session. Chase worked his magic to get the wicket of Oshada Fernando with the help of Nkrumah Bonner who held a brilliant catch at short leg. Chase , in tandem, Jason Holder contained the batters with four maidens back-to-back and as pressure mounted, Angelo Mathews holed out in the deep off Chase’s bowling.
Chase, the tall off-spinner bowled with great control, and closed the day with figures of 17-2-42-2 while Gabriel had the other wicket for 56 run off his 12 overs.
The day marked the Test debut for Jeremy Solozano, the 26-year-old left-handed opening batsman from Trinidad & Tobago. He received his Test cap from Head Coach Phil Simmons, and became the 327th player to represent the West Indies at the highest level. Before lunch he suffered a blow while fielding at short-leg and was taken to hospital. Scans revealed there was no major injury and he will spend the night in hospital for observation.
The second day’s play resumes at on 12:30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/11:30pm Sunday Jamaica Time).
November 21 to 25: 1st Test at Galle International Stadium
November 29 to December 3: 2nd Test at Galle International Stadium