Sri Lanka began the second day of the second Test at Galle with an overnight total of 113-1, hoping to build on Pathum Nissanka’s undefeated half-century. However, Veerasammy Permaul, who was playing his first Test in seven years, had other plans, as he produced a career-best bowling performance to demolish the Lankan middle order and precipitate a collapse.
Sri Lanka lost their last nine wickets in only 65 runs and 19.3 overs, with five of the dismissals coming from Permaul. Jomel Warrican, who took the remaining four wickets, aided him equally.
Warrican kicked off the Wets Indies team’s wicket-taking binge by removing Oshada Fernando early in the morning to break the overnight partnership. Permaul then took Nissanka for his first wicket of the match. In the meanwhile, Angelo Mathews was forced to withdraw due to a hamstring injury, yet the sequence of falling wickets occurred as if orchestrated by supernatural intervention. It just started coming apart one after the other.
Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Ramesh Mendis were all unable to reach double digits. Charith Asalanka, making his Test debut, was likewise taken aback and became Permaul’s third victim, being dismissed for ten runs.
It would have been difficult for Sri Lanka to reach beyond the 200-run barrier if it hadn’t been for some powerful hits from Mathews, who returned following the loss of the eighth wicket. The squad eventually dissolved for 204, with no aid from the lower order.
In response, West Indies have not lost a single wicket and have amassed a total of 12 runs as of this writing.