Sri Lanka has assumed complete control of their only Test vs Afghanistan on Saturday. After dismissing the visitors for 198, the home team saw their experienced batters show their class.
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During the second day’s play, a giant lizard was spotted near the boundary ropes. It isn’t the first time such scenes have been witnessed in Sri Lanka. Last year during the Lanka Premier League a large snake was spotted on the ground.
Angelo Matthews scored his 16th Test century as the Afghan bowlers didn’t have any clue. Dimuth Karunaratne scored a quick half-century to give the Sri Lankans the early advantage with the bat on the 2nd day.
Angelo Mathews ton helps Sri Lanka with a huge lead –
Rahmat Shah led the Afghan batting charge with 91 during the only Test vs Sri Lanka on Friday. The Lankan openers began well by scoring 80 for no loss from 14 overs at the end of the day.
13 runs were added at the start of day two before Nishan Madushan was the first man out. The 24-year-old was out for 37 runs when he was dismissed by Naveed Zadran caught by Noor Ali.
Kusal Mendis was the next man to go as he fell for ten runs caught by Zia-Ur-Rahman off Nijat Masood. Former skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was out for 77 runs off just 72 balls. This was one of the quickest test fifties for the veteran 35-year-old batter.
Just when it looked like Afghanistan had the upper hand it was the turn of two more veterans to combine forces. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal to pulverize the Afghan bowling unit.
36-year-old Angelo Mathews yet again showed why he is considered a huge asset for Sri Lanka. The former skipper scored his 16th Test century when he took two runs off Rahmat Shah.
If Sri Lanka happens to win this game this will be their first win of the current World Test Championship cycle. In the previous two games they have played the Lankans lost both times to Pakistan last year.