Pathum Nissan scored a century in his debut, and Niroshan Diquela fell four times less than the first century on Wednesday when Sri Lanka took control of the first cricket test against the West Indies on the fourth day.
Starting with 102 runs from the first inning, Sri Lanka reached 476 in its second inning for a 374 lead.
Sri Lanka then made a major breakthrough in 20 shots before stumps, firing John Campbell (11) to leave West India 34-1, still 340 tracks behind. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was not 8 out and Nkrumah Bonner 15.
The day began with a promise for the West Indies, which instead of the second handed the second new ball to Alzari Joseph Kemar Roach. Joseph repaid the decision with a wicket from the fifth ball of the day, bowling Dhananjaya de silva who resumed at 46 and had just published his eighth half-century test.
Nissanka and Dickwella came together at this point and went through almost all the first and second sessions in a partnership that led to 179 tracks for the sixth goal.
The 22-year-old Nissanka was patient and careful in his choice of shots, reaching his half-century of 126 balls with five limits. Diquel’s 50 came from 103 balls and included three limits.
Later, Diquella lived dangerously during her inning. He was released by Bonner at a dam from Jason Holderbowled when he was 44, pursuing a short and wide delivery. His cut went straight to Bonner at waist, but the outfielder, out of balance, missed a simple chance.
At 74, Dickwella kicked the ball from Joseph down the leg, straight to wicket goalkeeper Joshua Da Silva, but the only appeal from the West Indies was a half-bowler.
Dickwella surpassed his previous highest test score of 92 by a quarter from Roach. Five balls later, it was applied with a look at Roach’s helmet and the ball fell and spun back, hitting the stumps without removing the guarantees.
Nissanka reached its 100 with an outer edge, wide glides, 240 deliveries and only six fours in a particularly careful inning, which solidly built the advantage of Sri Lanka.
He is the fourth Sri Lankan to make his debut in a century and the first to make it outside of Sri Lanka.
“I was not aware of these records,” Nissan said. “With the state of the game, the team needed me to perform and I’m happy to introduce myself to the team.
“The discussion (with Diquella) was mainly that we should try to pull it off as long as possible to get a great result and make sure that the bowlers have enough runs.
“If bowling keeps the ball in the right zone, there is still a chance to throw West India. I think we have a good chance. “
Nissan came in second after tea, playing an uncharacteristic swing as he tried to increase his running speed to be caught in the deep back of Kemar Roach Square by Rahkim Cornwall’s bowling alley.
Dicuela seemed sure to continue her first test century. But at 96 he played a lazy shot on a wide ball from Roach, looking to throw the ball to a third person. Instead, he drags it back to his own stumps.
As Roach noisily celebrated the gate, Diquella looked stunned, leaning against his bat, before slowly retreating to the pavilion.