An unbeaten 82 from opener Dimuth Karunaratne helped Sri Lanka reach 141 for two at tea after the hosts won the toss and opted to bat in the first Test against West Indies in Galle on Wednesday.
The left-handed Karunaratne notched up his seventh half century playing in his 22nd Test match as he figured in two substantial partnerships.
Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva added 56 before Silva perished ahead of the lunch break.
And then resuming after lunch at 67 for one, Karunaratne added 45 for the second wicket with vice captain Lahiru Thirimanne.
But Thirimanne’s run of poor form continued and never looked fluent as he faced 62 balls for his 16 runs before being caught by substitute fielder Rajendra Chandrika in spinner Devendra Bishoo’s third over.
He was replaced at the crease by Dinesh Chandimal who was unbeaten at the break on 18, giving solid support to Karunaratne who has so far hit eight boundaries.
Under hot and humid conditions, the West Indies bowlers had little luck and their cause was not helped by some sloppy fielding.
Darren Bravo at second slip grassed a routine chance offered by Thirimanne off the bowling of Jerome Taylor on six and Chandimal had a let-off when Taylor could not hold onto a lofted drive close to the boundary.