Dinesh Chandimal hit a double century to help Sri Lanka defeat Australia in the second Test to level the series 1-1.
Getting a double century in Tests is special, and getting to the mark with a maximum is even more special. On the fourth day of the second Test against Australia, veteran Sri Lanka batter Dinesh Chandimal achieved this feat. With a first-innings lead of 190, his maiden double century put Sri Lanka in control. Former captain Dinesh Chandimal started the day on 118 and finished with an unbeaten 206 as Sri Lanka were all out for 554 in Galle after lunch. Sri Lanka won by an innings and 39 runs, levelling the two-Test series 1-1.
The early half of Day 4 belonged to Dinesh Chandimal, who launched an attack on the opposition bowlers as he began to run out of partners, scoring 47 runs in 28 balls. Chandimal, 32, smacked left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc for four and two sixes on consecutive balls to reach 200 as the audience applauded in delight. The first of his sixes hit a boy walking outside the stadium, and the second took him past the 200-run mark.
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Starc got four wickets, and leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson took three to dismiss the tailenders. The hosts started the day with a score of 431-6 in response to Australia’s first innings score of 364. Pathum Nissanka, the opening batter, was ruled out before play began Monday with Covid-19, becoming the sixth Sri Lankan player to get infected in the last two weeks.
Before Starc broke through, the overnight duo of Dinesh Chandimal and Ramesh Mendis scored 68. In another outstanding session of bowling, Starc trapped Ramesh lbw for 29 and nearly caught debutant Maheesh Theekshana behind when the umpire called it out, but the batsman successfully reviewed.
Dinesh Chandimal surpassed his previous best of 164 to score his 13th Test century on Sunday. Swepson took the final wicket after Starc shook Jayasuriya’s stumps for naught.