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Sri Lanka pace bowler Dhammika Prasad took four wickets to help his side launch a stunning comeback on the second day of the second Test in Colombo.
After being bowled out for 200 in the first innings, Sri Lanka struck early on to leave the West Indies on 17/1 at the end of the first day.
But, most would have expected the West Indies to take the lead despite losing opener Shai Hope towards the end of the first day. Instead, the men from the Caribbean absolutely collapsed, with Kraigg Brathwaite’s 47 being the highest score. As a result, the tourist were bowled out for a dismal 163, giving Sri Lanka a 37-run lead.
Prasad inflicted the most damage with four wickets, while Dilruwan Perera snapped up three, Milinda Siriwardana took two and Rangana Herath chipped in with one.
With a 37-run lead in hand, Sri Lanka’s second innings got off to the worst possible start as opener Dimuth Karunaratne was caught by Devendra Bishoo at square leg off the bowling of Jerome Taylor on the very first ball of the innings.
Kaushal Silva and debutant Kusal Mendis made up for the early loss of Karunaratne with a 55-run partnership before Mendis was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Jomel Warrican for 39.
Silva and Dinesh Chandimal then proceeded to amass an unbeaten 21-run stand before stumps was called.
Silva finished on 31, while Chandimal remained undefeated on five.
Taylor and Warrican claimed one wicket each.
Sri Lanka ended day two on 76/2 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.