Sri Lanka got to an extremely strong position in the first test against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua thanks to an excellent partnership in their second innings from debutant Pathum Nissanka and wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella. The duo ensured that what seemed like an extremely desirable position for the Windies turned into a winnable position for the Lankans.
Earlier, Sri Lanka had been bowled out for just 169 in their first innings thanks to Jason Holder‘s five-wicket haul. In reply, West Indies had got to a lead of 102 runs with Rakheem Cornwall top scoring. The Sri Lankans then showed great resolve and fight to notch up a huge score of 476 and set a target of 375 for the hosts to win. With one more day to go and 9 wickets to get, the visitors would fancy their chances of winning.
Niroshan Dickwella drops the ‘k’
Niroshan Dickwella put on a stupendous partnership with Pathum Nissanka on the fourth day and ensured that Sri Lanka would most probably go on to win the encounter unless West Indies pull off a jailbreak. The wicket-keeper was unlucky to miss out on his maiden century as he got out bowled off Kemar Roach‘s bowling. During the innings, Dickwella got his 17th fifty which is the most fifties any batsman in test history has scored without hitting a century.
There was another thing that caught the attention of the fans during Dickwella’s innings. It was the fact that the name written on the back of his shirt was ‘Dicwella’ without a ‘k’. The reason for the same remains unknown at the moment. Fans were quick to spot it and the same went viral on social media.