During the ongoing two-match Test series between Sri Lanka and West Indies, the fans have already witnessed an interesting player versus player battle between Sri Lanka all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva and West Indies wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva. Interestingly, da Silva was caught by de Silva at the first slip off Lasith Embuldeniya for 54 during the first Test in Galle.
Joshua Da Silva’s half-century could not evade his team’s defeat, but he led a brilliant rearguard action alongside Nkumrah Bonner, surviving 269 balls while adding 100 for the seventh wicket partnership after Sri Lankan spinners had spun a web to reduce the visitors to a dismal 18/6. Meanwhile, in the second Test at the same venue, the catching episode came to a full circle when da Silva caught de Silva off Veerasammy Permaul to send him back cheaply.
Moments before the event unfolded, the stump mic caught Joshua da Silva making a hilarious remark, as he warned his Sri Lankan counterpart: “You catch me, I catch you – that’s how it works in cricket.” Meanwhile, Da Silva was unable to grasp the ball at the first attempt but did well to juggle it once before taking the catch comfortable eventually to turn his warning true.
Observing the scenario, the on-air commentator said, “This series has been pretty interesting. It’s been a kind of a contest between de Silva and da Silva. That’s very interesting – da Silva is the West Indian; de Silva is the Sri Lankan. Da Silva returning the favor.” As for the proceedings, Sri Lanka only managed to reach the tally of 204 in the first innings, with Permaul doing the most damage with his maiden fifer.
Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite’s 72 alongside handy contributions from Jermaine Blackwood (44), Bonner (35), and Kyle Mayers (36) meant West Indies gained a crucial lead of 49 runs in the face of Ramesh Mendis six-fer (6/70). At stumps on Day 3, Sri Lanka was only three behind, however, both Dimuth Karunaratne and No. 3 Oshada Fernando gifted their wickets as run-outs. West Indies have never won a Test on these shores, having played the first time in 1993. Currently, hosts Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0, after winning the first Test by 187 runs.
Here is the video of the dismissal:
"You catch me, I catch you – that's how it works in cricket" – @joshuadasilva08 😂
— 🏏FlashScore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) November 30, 2021