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Speed king Gabriel piles on misery for Sri Lanka

AFP  |  Gros-Islet (Saint Lucia) 

Shannon Gabriel's raw pace once again unsettled Sri Lanka's top order as they reached 79 for three at lunch after opting to bat first on the opening day of the second against the at the Stadium in St Lucia on Thursday.

Gabriel claimed the wickets of debutant opener Mahela Udawatte and returning middle-order batsman while new ball partner accounted for in his second spell of the morning.

Trailing in the three-match series after losing the first in by 226 runs, the Sri Lankans will be looking to first century-maker and to lead them out of trouble in the afternoon session.

Playing his first Test 10 years after his one-day international debut, which was also against the in the Caribbean, Udawatte endured the misfortune of repeating the experience of a decade ago in being dismissed for a duck.

Gabriel took the outside edge of his bat to the second delivery he faced for to take a superb catch at third slip.

De Silva, who arrived in the only last week due to the death of his father two weeks ago and therefore missed the first Test, sustained a potentially when he was struck on the arm by the fearsome Gabriel with the ball ricocheting onto the stumps.

Mendis, whose second innings 102 at the Queen's Park Oval retained a modicum of pride for the Sri Lankan batsmen in the first Test, joined and the pair counter-attacked briefly with Perera striking Holder for three consecutive fours. Such aggression could not last though and Holder again showed a safe pair of hands in the slip cordon to account for Perera for 32 off the first ball Roach bowled coming back into the attack.

made four changes to their line-up from the first Test with two of the alterations forced by the return home of former for personal reasons while fast-medium bowler is also on his way back to Colombo after sustaining a fractured finger batting on the final day of the opening Test.

Off-spinning all-rounder Dilruwan Perera and experienced left-arm spinner Rangana Herath were dropped from the side that suffered a first Test match defeat to the West Indies in ten years.

Sri Laka's selectors had indicated before the start of the series though that three senior players -- Herath, Mathews and seamer Suranga Lakmal -- were unlikely to feature in all three matches Spinner Akila Dananjaya, who took eight wickets on debut in last February, is also back in the team.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 22:40 IST