Uphill task

Windies’ batsmen squander early bowling gains

COLOMBO –– Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad picked up four wickets as hosts Sri Lanka bundled out West Indies for 163 to take a first-innings lead on the second day of the second and final Test at the P Sara Oval today.

Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera provided good support by picking up the last three West Indies wickets to give the hosts a lead of 37 runs.

Jason Holder (right) and his team have to make most of the running over the next three days if West Indies are ro draw the series.
Jason Holder (right) and his team have to make most of the running over the next three days if West Indies are to draw the series.

Sri Lanka lost opener Dimuth Karunaratne to the first ball of their second innings from paceman Jerome Taylor but recovered to reach 76 for 2 at stumps, stretching their lead to 113.

Kaushal Silva remained unbeaten on 31 and added 55 for the second wicket with debutant Kusal Mendis (39) before the latter fell to left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, also playing for the first time for West Indies.

In the morning, play was delayed by 30 minutes due to a wet outfield and Prasad made full use of the overcast conditions, bowling an impeccable line and length to extract movement off the pitch.

After dismissing the hosts for 200 on the opening day, West Indies would have hoped for a solid start from their batsmen after resuming on 17 for 1. But the gains of the first day would soon disappear in a flurry of wickets.

Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo (13) was the first to fall, edging a wild slash at a wide delivery from Prasad to wicketkeeper Kusal Perera.

West Indies’ batting mainstay Darren Bravo (two) then chopped Prasad on to his stumps to put the touring side in further trouble.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite (47) tried to rebuild the innings in a fourth-wicket stand of 39 with Marlon Samuels (13) before the latter fell in the penultimate over before lunch.

Samuel’s innings was a torturous affair. He survived two leg-before appeals on zero within his first five balls, and was left scoreless for another ten balls. He weathered two more leg-before appeals and was then caught at slip by captain Angelo Mathews, lazily pushing at a tossed-up ball from left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana to leave his side at 76 for 4, eight balls before lunch.

If it was any consolation, though, Samuels avoided his ninth single-digit score against Sri Lanka in 16 innings, nudging his average to double-figures.

Siriwardana then took his second wicket when Brathwaite fell shortly after lunch with the batsman unable to overturn the umpire’s decision to give him out caught behind.

Brathwaite had endured some dicey moments, but his innings ended when he was sent on his way by umpire Rod Tucker. The noise may have come from the bat jamming the ground but there was not enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision. The umpiring has not been particularly distinguished in the match.

Prasad returned for another spell and took out Jermaine Blackwood, who made 92 in the last Test, for his fourth wicket of the innings.

West Indies captain Jason Holder (21) used his power and reach to hit a few boundaries and bring down the deficit but became Dilruwan Perera’s first victim of the innings.

The off-spinner dismissed Taylor (one) and Warrican (one) to finish off the innings.


Sri Lanka 1st Innings 200 All Out

West Indies 1st Innings (Overnight; 17/1)

K Brathwaite c K Perera b Siriwardana 47

S Hope LBW Prasad 4

D Bishoo c K Perera b Prasad 13

D Bravo b Prasad 2

M Samuels c Mathews b Siriwardana 13

J Blackwood c K Perera b Prasad 16

D Ramdin+ b Herath 14

J Holder* c Mathews b D Perera 21

K Roach not out 17

J Taylor LBW D Perera 1

J Warrican c & b D Perera 1

Total: 163 All Out (64.2 Overs)

Extras: (b 9, lb 3, w 1, nb 1) 14

Fall of Wickets: 1-7 (Hope, 0.6 ov), 2-33 (Bishoo, 10.1 ov), 3-37 (Bravo, 14.4 ov), 4-76 (Samuels, 31.4 ov), 5-89 (Brathwaite, 37.3 ov), 6-105 (Blackwood, 42.1 ov), 7-137 (Ramdin, 55.5 ov), 8-149 (Holder, 58.6 ov), 9-151 (Taylor, 60.6 ov), 10-163 (Warrican, 64.2 ov).

Sri Lanka 1st Innings Bowling: D Prasad 12-3-34-4, N Pradeep 11-3-24-0, R Herath 20-5-39-1, D Perera 11.2-3-28-3, M Siriwardana 10-2-26-2.

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings (Lead; 37)

D Karunaratne c Bishoo b Taylor 0

K Silva not out 31

K Mendis c Ramdin b Warrican 39

D Chandimal not out 5

Total: 76/2 (31 Overs)

Extras: (lb 1) 1

Still to Bat: A Mathews*, M Siriwardana, K Perera+, D Prasad, R Herath, N Pradeep, D Perera.

Fall of Wickets: 1-0 (Karunaratne, 0.1 ov), 2-55 (Mendis, 21.5 ov).

West Indies 2nd Innings Bowling: J Taylor 4-1-15-1, K Roach 4-1-10-0, J Holder 5-1-9-0, J Warrican 11-1-21-1, D Bishoo 7-1-20-0.

Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat

Test Debuts: Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka), Jomel Warrican (West Indies)

Series: Sri Lanka 1-0 West Indies

Umpires: Simon Fry (Australia) & Rod Tucker (Australia)

TV Umpire: Marais Erasmus (South Africa)

Match Referee: David Boon (Australia)

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