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Dimuth Karunaratne hits 122 as Sri Lanka finishes its Galle record chase

Sports News from Sri Lanka: The historic winning streak of the Black Caps is over, That feat is no longer possible after Dimuth Karunaratne played a major role in preserving his perfect record as Test Captain as Sri Lanka raised their third consecutive victory since taking over, brushing New Zealand with a six-win win on the fifth day and picking up the complete 60 points in their first World Test Championship game.

In the process, in 23 innings and his fifth overall, Karunaratne also brought up his first century as the hosts bested by some distance the past record chase in Galle-99.

After a wonderful fourth innings performance from the hosts, it was precisely what was deserved. With his fifth test century, Captain Dimuth Karunaratne resulted in the way, making 122, and adding 161 to Lahiru Thirimanne’s first wicket.

They ultimately broke through to reject Thirimanne, with Will Somerville caught in the lbw. Kusal Mendis went to the crease, smashed a four and a six, then caught a bizarre six-ball cameo in mid-wicket off Ajaz Patel.

Even at that point, Sri Lanka still had eight matches left, requiring only 94 more runs, and any prospects for a popular crash were blunted by Karunaratne, who guided his side in 50 before flapping an advantage from Tim Southee’s bowling to BJ Watling.

 

Dimuth Karunaratne hits 122 as Sri Lanka finishes its Galle record chase

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