At the end of the second day of the one-off Test match series against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka had scored 410 runs at the loss of 6 wickets. While former captain Angelo Mathew played a brilliant inning of 141 runs for Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandimal also scored an inning of 107 runs. At the end of the second day’s play, the Sri Lankan team had achieved a huge lead of 212 runs compared to Afghanistan’s first innings score. However, the biggest incident in the day’s play happened with Mathews who was batting brilliantly, but he had to return to the pavilion after being hit wicket.
Had delivered the ball for four but got hit-wicket.
Angelo Mathews succeeded in scoring the 16th century of his Test career in this match. In this innings, Afghanistan’s bowlers looked clearly helpless in front of them. In such a situation, when he was on 141 runs, on the last ball of the day’s play, he tried to play a sweep shot against Quais Ahmed, in which he was successful in hitting the ball towards the leg stump, although Mathews could not handle it during this time. And his bat hit the stump. At the same time, the ball had also reached the boundary for par four. However, Mathews’ excellent innings came to an end due to being hit-wicket. Due to being out like this, Mathews was also quite surprised by the pitch for some time. Earlier in the ODI World Cup 2023 also, Mathews was given time out in the match against Bangladesh for reaching the pitch late.
Sri Lankan batsmen strengthened the team’s hold on the match
If we talk about the second day’s play of this match, while Mathews played an inning of 141 runs, Dinesh Chandimal also managed to play an inning of 107 runs facing 181 balls. 10 fours and 1 six were also seen from his bat. This was the 15th century of Chandimal’s Test career and his 9th Test century on home soil. With his 16th century, Mathews has equaled Sri Lankan star players Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne and Marvan Atapattu. For Afghanistan, so far in this match, Navid Zadran and Quais Ahmed have taken 2-2 wickets while Nijat Masood has taken 1 wicket in his name.
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