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Windies' Jeremy Solozano taken to hospital after being hit on helmet


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West Indies debutant Jeremy Solozano taken to hospital after being hit on the helmet while fielding.

Solozano was fielding close in at short-leg when Karunaratne attempted a full blooded pull shot off the bowling of Chase and the ball smacked a fierce blow into the fielder's helmet grill.

Medical staff attended to him at the ground before he was taken on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance which took him to hospital.

West Indies used six bowlers in the opening session but none were able to find a breakthrough.

Rahkeem Cornwall did find the outside edge of Karunaratne's bat but Jermaine Blackwood at slip was unable to hold on as he attempted a one-handed grab.

And West Indies unsuccessfully reviewed after Karunaratne took an uncharacteristic reverse sweep off the left-arm orthodox spin of Jomel Warrican and the ball struck his front pad.

Television replays showed the impact was outside off-stump.

The tourists lost their second review for a caught behind of Nissanka off the bowling of Roston Chase.

West Indies, who lost the toss, surprised fans by leaving out Kemar Roach, their most experienced player and the eighth-highest Test wicket taker.

Sri Lanka packed their side with specialist bowlers, playing three left-arm spinners.