Dinesh Chandimal, on Monday, scored his maiden Test ton to put Sri Lanka in command of the second Test against Australia in Galle. The right-handed batsman remained unbeaten on 206 as Sri Lanka scored 554 in reply to Australia’s 364.
Chandimal’s knock came off 326 balls and was studded with 16 fours and 5 sixes. He reached his double century in style by smashing Mitchell Starc for back-to-back sixes.
Chandimal now holds the record for the highest Test score by an Sri Lankan against Australia. The previous record was held by Kumar Sangakkara. With a lead of nearly 200 runs, Sri Lanka will be eyeing a series-levelling win.
Here are some of the reactions to Dinesh Chandimal’s knock:
Congratulations to Dinesh Chandimal on your test double century.
An amazing effort to score over 200 runs in one innings in notoriously difficult sub continent conditions.
Well played👏🏽👏🏽 #SLvAUS
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) July 11, 2022
Highest individual score by a Sri Lankan player in Test cricket against Australia – 206* by Dinesh Chandimal. pic.twitter.com/Npj2saj260
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 11, 2022
Incredible batting from Dinesh Chandimal. Scored 42 off 18 balls after the fall of the ninth wicket to get to his double ton, including a pair of sixes onto the road just in front of the fort. Aussies have had no idea where to bowl to him #SLvAUS
— Louis Cameron (@LouisDBCameron) July 11, 2022
— Sri Lanka Tweet 🇱🇰 💉 (@SriLankaTweet) July 11, 2022
Dinesh Chandimal.. what a star ⭐️ #SLvAUS
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) July 11, 2022
The Sri Lanka-Australia series will be remembered for being played amidst a revolution.
But the cricket has been splendid too, some stupendous performances, the latest being Dinesh Chandimal's hundred.
This tour deserves a book. Historians of the future will cherish it.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) July 10, 2022
Dinesh Chandimal now has the largest individual score by a Sri Lankan against Australia in Test history.#SLvAUS
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) July 11, 2022
Double ton for Dinesh Chandimal! He loves Galle doesn't he? What a knock. He has set this game up for Sri Lanka. 👏
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) July 11, 2022
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) July 11, 2022
The whole nation is in protest mode right now.There is no political leadership or authority but the cricket match is continuing smoothly asf😂.
Such a South Asian thing…the cricket should continue !! Also congrats Dinesh Chandimal for Double Hundred.#SriLankaProtests #SriLanka https://t.co/xqhOYjHqw7
— ओजस (@Dilliwalanerd) July 11, 2022