Brilliant hand by the Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne in the 4th innings of 2nd Test on Day 5 helped Sri Lanka to end the Test series against West Indies drawn.
Dimuth Karunaratne scored a match saving 75 runs, getting back to form after struggling in previous three innings played in this series.
Dimuth Karunaratne by scoring 75 runs broke Arjuna Ranatunga’s 24 year away record of most runs scored by a Sri Lankan captain in the 4th innings of a Test match (Away).
- 75 – Dimuth Karunaratna vs West Indies in 2021
- 72* -Arjuna Ranatunga vs West Indies in 1997
- 67 – Marvan Atapattu vs India in 2005
- 59 – Angelo Mathews vs South Africa in 2016
Highest scores by visiting captains in 4th inns of a Test in West Indies :
96* – Shakib Al Hasan (St. George’s, 2009)
82 – C Cowdrey (Georgetown, 1968)
77 – L Hutton (Bridgetown, 1954)
75 – Dimuth Karunaratne (North Sound)
74 – Kepler Wessels (Bridgetown, 1992)
Meanwhile Lahiru Thirimanne & Dimuth Karunaratne also became the 2nd opening pair in the world to score two consecutive century partnerships in the fourth innings of a test match.
- Geoff Boycott & John Brearley
154 v AUS at Nottingham, 1977
185 v PAK at Hyderabad, 1978
- Dimuth Karunaratne & Lahiru Thirimanne
161 v NZ at Galle, 2019
101 v WI at North Sound, 2021