Karunaratne (196) helps Lanka pile up in first pink ball Test

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

Sri Lanka Test opener Dimuth Karunaratne com­piled fur­ther on his bril­liant form when he guided his side to a com­mand­ing 355 for 4 at the first break on the sec­ond day of their sec­ond test at Dubai, yes­ter­day.

At tea (first break) Karunarathna was still bat­ting with an air of con­fi­dence and un­beaten on 171 af­ter fac­ing 352 balls with 18 fours and a six which he hit early, yes­ter­day.

With Karunarathna was wicket- keeper bats­man Niroshan Dick­wella who was also bat­ting with lots con­fi­dence and was three runs short of an­other half cen­tury. In his 44 ball stay Dick­wella hit five fours and also put on an un­beaten 73 run stand for the 5th wicket with Karunaratne.

The only wicket to fall dur­ing the two hour pe­riod was of skip­per Di­nesh Chandi­mal who was ruled leg be­fore to a ball by leg spin­ner Yasir Shah for 62. The irony is that the re­plays showed that the ball may have missed the off stump, but Chandi­mal opted not to chal­lenge the um­pire’s judge­ment. Dimuth Karunaratne Kaushal Silva

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