WATCH: Dinesh Chandimal Smacks The Ball Out Of The Stadium, Hits A Pedestrian On Road
SL vs AUS - Sri Lankan ace batter Dinesh Chandimal showed excellent batting in the 2nd test between Sri Lanka and Australia at Galle International Cricket Stadium as he notched up his maiden career do
SL vs AUS - Sri Lankan ace batter Dinesh Chandimal showed excellent batting in the 2nd test between Sri Lanka and Australia at Galle International Cricket Stadium as he notched up his maiden career double century. Batting dominantly, Chandimal faced 326 balls and with the help of 16 fours & 5 sixes, scored an unbeaten 206 runs in the first innings.
With this, Chandimal became the first Sri Lankan player to score a double century against Australia. Prior to this, the biggest knock in terms of runs by a Sri Lankan batter against Australia in tests was played by former captain Kumar Sangakkara, in 2007 at Hobart where he scored 192 runs.
In the 179th over of the Lankan innings, being bowled by Mitchell Starc, Chandimal smacked a four and 2 sixes on the first three deliveries to complete his double century. On the second ball of the over, Chandimal smashed a huge six-over long-on which landed outside the stadium and going to hit a passer-by on the streets in the stomach. The bypasser in concern was also seen flinching due to the hit.
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However, Chandimal was also assisted by poor umpiring during his historic knock.
Sri Lanka notched up a hefty total of 554 runs in the first innings, their highest total ever against Australia in test history. Apart from Dinesh Chandimal's double century, captain Dimuth Karunaratne (86), Kusal Mendis (85), Angelo Mathews (52) and Kaminu Mendis (61) scored half-centuries. Sri Lanka obtained a huge 190-run first-innings lead to due this batting effort.
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Earlier, Australian captain Pat Cummins won the toss & opted to bat first against Sri Lanka in the 2nd test, after which centuries by Steve Smith (145*) and Marnus Labuschagne (104*) took Australia to 364/10 in the first innings. For Sri Lanka, Prabath Jayasuriya was the start with the ball as he grabbed six wickets. Australia are currently 1-0 ahead in the 2-match test series as they won the first test by 10 wickets.
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