Galle: Ireland posted their highest-ever Test score of 492 on Tuesday as Paul Stirling and Curtis Camphor became only the third and fourth Irishmen to hit centuries in cricket’s longest format.
Sri Lanka were 81/0 in reply before rain stopped play on Day Two in Galle, 411 runs behind with Nishan Anushka unbeach- ten on 41 and Demuth Karuna- rate 39 not out. But the day be- longed to Ireland, with Stirling scoring 103 and Camphor 111 after captain Andy Balbirnie made 95 on day one.
Lorcan Tucker scored a useful 80 while Prebatch Jaya- Suraya, the home hero of the first Test, took five wickets for 174. Saithe Fernando and Vishwa Fernando took two wickets each. “Scoring a Test hundred is probably some- thing I didn’t believe I could achieve,” Stirling admitted.
“Scoring a hundred in the sub-continent is very special,” he told reporters. “So, I am very delighted. It will mean a hell of a lot more if we can get a positive result here.”
SCORES: Ireland 492 (Camphor 111, Stirling 103; Jayasuriya 5-174) vs Sri Lanka 81/0.