Dinesh Chandimal’s double century helped Sri Lanka to recover strongly against Australia as the hosts earned the lead of 190 runs on Day 4 of the 2nd Test at Galle International Stadium in Galle. After conceding 364/10 in Australia’s 1st innings, Sri Lanka’s top-order put on a great show with the bat as hosts amassed 554/10 in their first innings.
Except Pathum Nissanka (6 off 25), five of Sri Lanka’s top-order batter went on to score half-centuries in the match, including a double ton from Dinesh Chandimal. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne (86 off 165), Kusal Mendis (85 off 161), Angelo Mathews (52 off 117) and Kamindu Mendis (61 off 137) were the other batters who outplayed Australia’s quality bowling attack.
For hosts, Dinesh Chandimal was the star performer as he smashed his 13th Test hundred in the first innings. While Chandimal played a sensational knock at Galle International Stadium, one of his maximum went on to hit a boy walking away outside the stadium.
It all happened in the 179th over when Mitchell Starc bowled a length delivery outside off the stump, but Dinesh Chandimal who was looking to go after every Australia bowler went for a maximum over mid-wicket. While, the crowd and dressing room was giving a standing ovation to the former Sri Lankan skipper for his incredible knock, the ball went outside the ground and hit a boy who was strolling around with his friends.
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For Australia, Mitchell Starc picked four wickets, while Mitchell Swepson took three wickets in the Sri Lanka’s 1st innings.