With a commanding 212-run advantage on Day 4 of the second Test of the two-match series in Galle, Sri Lanka have established their dominance against Ireland. The top two scorers for the home team in the first innings were Nishan Madushka and Kusal Mendis, who each scored two hundred runs.
Mendis and Nishan Madushka continued their innings on Day 4 with 357/1 and increased their partnership to 268 runs for the second wicket, with the latter reaching his double hundred in the first session. The 23-year-old scored his first century with 22 fours and one six, and Mendis took just 131 deliveries to get his ninth Test century.
By trapping Madushka in front of the stumps after lunch, Andy Mcbrine put a stop to his team’s wicketless streak. The young man left the field after scoring 205, a magnificent performance that enabled his team to reduce Ireland’s first-inning total of 492 runs.
Following his dismissal, Kusal Mendis carried on with his long-duration play and reached his first Test double hundred as Sri Lanka proceeded to humiliate Ireland. Mendis assisted Sri Lanka in extending their lead above 100 runs by partnering with Angelo Mathews in a 133-run third wicket stand. Mendis hit 18 fours and 11 sixes in his innings before being finally removed for 245 off 291 runs.
Sri Lanka declared their innings at 704/3 following Mendis’ double hundred and Mathews’ quick-fire hundred off just 114 balls. By dismissing both of the openers before the game ended, the hosts had a successful day. As Ireland concluded Day 4 on 54/2, with skipper Andrew Balbirnie and Harry Tector batting in the middle, Ramesh Mendis bowled James McCollum for 10 off 16 and Prabath Jayasuriya, who had a wicket in the previous innings, removed Peter Moor for 19 off 39.