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Karunaratne makes Windies toil in first Test

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored his third Test century and made the West Indies bowlers toil in sweltering conditions as Sri Lanka finished on 250 for two at stumps on the opening day of the first Test on Wednesday.

Karunaratne was unbeaten on 135 along with Dinesh Chandimal who has so far made 72 in an unbroken stand of 149 at the Galle International Stadium on Sri Lanka’s south coast.

Playing in his 22nd Test match, Karunaratne laid the foundations for a formidable first innings score for the hosts on a pitch which is expected to favour spin in the latter stages of the game.

Karunaratne was steady throughout the day although he began to play more expansively in the closing session. He reached his century in spectacular style by <g data-gr-id="19">lofting</g> Devendra Bishoo over mid-wicket for his only six of the day.

He has also hit 10 fours after facing a total of 288 balls.

After Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and chose to bat, Karunaratne vindicated that decision by putting on 56 for the first wicket with Kaushal Silva while frustrating the West Indies fast bowlers for 17 overs.
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