Karunaratne, Madushka hit tons as Sri Lanka pile on runs

Karunaratne, Madushka hit tons as Sri Lanka pile on runs

Dimuth Karunaratne and Nishan Madushka each hit centuries as they amassed a document Sri Lankan opening stand in Galle of 228 within the second Check towards Eire on Wednesday.

The hosts have been 357 for one on the shut, nonetheless 135 runs behind however with 9 wickets in hand.

Madushka was unbeaten on 149 at stumps, alongside Kusal Mendis, approaching a century of his personal on 83, after Karunaratne departed for 115 — the one wicket to fall on the third day of the match.

The primary Check ended inside three days with Sri Lanka’s spinners dominating, however the pitch within the second encounter has supplied the spinners little help and the batsmen dominated proceedings.

Captain Karunaratne reached the 16th century of his take a look at profession, and his second consecutive ton, in simply 116 balls.

However the left-hander mistimed a pull shot off Curtis Campher and was caught at deep fantastic leg within the final over earlier than lunch, two balls after he was hit on the helmet.

Madushka had already introduced up his maiden Check century, pulling a Harry Tector full toss for six.

Their 228 was a document Sri Lankan opening partnership on the floor, eclipsing the 193 between Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya towards South Africa in 2000.

Mendis and Madushka continued the run-fest, with the quantity three racing to 83 off 96 balls with seven fours and 5 sixes, together with three in a row off debutant left-arm spinner Matthew Humphreys, who was quickly taken off the assault.

Unhealthy mild interrupted play earlier than tea, earlier than the rains got here down and it was referred to as off for the day.

Play will resume 15 minutes early on the ultimate two days to make up for misplaced time.

Sri Lanka lead the two-match sequence 1-0.