Karunaratne century puts Sri Lanka ahead in the first day

An unbeaten century from Sri Lanka opener and captain Dimuth Karunaratne gave Sri Lanka the platform to post a massive first innings total.

Karunaratne century puts Sri Lanka ahead in the first day

Saif AL Imam Shota
Desk Reporter

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The first Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies started today at Galle. An unbeaten century from Sri Lanka opener and captain Dimuth Karunaratne gave Sri Lanka the platform to post a massive first innings total. 
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. The opening partnership laid a solid foundation, as Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka stitched a partnership of 139. The Lions hailing from Sri Lanka did not lose a single wicket in their first two sessions. 
The West Indies found their first breakthrough when Nissanka was dismissed for 56 in the third session. This breakthrough allowed the visitors to trigger a mini collapse, as Oshada Fernando and Angelo Matthews were removed cheaply. 
Sri Lanka were at 170/3 when Dhananjaya de Silva came in and helped to steady the ship alongside his captain. They produced a fantastic partnership of 97* to bring Sri Lanka's total to 267/3 at stumps.
Karunaratne reached his 13th Test Century, while Dhananjaya also reached his fifty. For West Indies, Roston Chase picked up two wickets and Shannon Gabriel picked up 1 scalp.