Defeat looms

GALLE – Veteran spinner Rangana Herath took his 23rd five-wicket haul to force West Indies to follow-on on the third day of the first Test played at the Galle International Stadium today.

Herath’s six for 68 saw West Indies dismissed for 251 runs in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka’s score of 484. Following on West Indies were 67 for two wickets, still trailing by 166 runs with two days of the Test remaining.

The two wickets West Indies lost in their second innings were that of openers Shai Hope (6) and Kraigg Brathwaite (34) both falling to left-arm spinners.

Shai Hope plays on to his stumps to complete a double failure in the Test.
Shai Hope plays on to his stumps to complete a double failure in the Test.

Debutant Milinda Siriwardana picked up his first Test wicket when he bowled Hope who dragged a ball from outside off onto his stumps.

Herath then got into the act to take his seventh wicket of the match by once again trapping Brathwaite lbw with an arm-ball to leave West Indies struggling at 60 for 2 and plenty of work to do to save the first Test.

Darren Bravo who scored a fighting half-century in the first innings was unbeaten on 20 with nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo on six.

West Indies were one of the Test playing nations against whom Herath had not performed well in comparison to the other nations, and yesterday he put that record straight with a classical exhibition of left-arm spin bowling that left them bemused. He has now taken five wickets in an innings against every Test playing nation with the exception of Zimbabwe against whom he has yet to play a Test.

Herath accounted for four of the top five wickets to have West Indies struggling at 132 for 5, and after going wicketless in the afternoon session when the West Indies batting showed some resoluteness to score 107 runs, he returned to clean up the tail by sending back Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel off successive balls.

Herath’s super effort overshadowed that of Dhammika Prasad who once again bowled his heart out to capture two wickets for 38 runs off 15 overs. Nuwan Pradeep and Tharindu Kaushal chipped in with a wicket apiece.

Kaushal in particular was unimpressive his only over of the morning session costing him 16 runs that included four no-balls. This was his first Test after he was reported and tested for his bowling action especially his doosra which for the time being has been banned from use.

Kaushal’s solitary wicket was that of Jerome Taylor whose run-a-ball 31 he ended by having him caught at slip by Mathews but overall he bowled far too short and armed with only his off-spin he tried to experiment with different deliveries and paid the penalty for erring in length.

None of the West Indies batsmen managed to stay long enough to play a substantial innings – Darren Bravo’s 50 off 107 balls being the only innings of significance.

The West Indies total could have been even worse had it not been for some stern resistance put up by the late order that added 86 runs for the last four wickets.

The West Indies would have noted that unlike the reprieves they gave the Sri Lankan batsmen in the field, the hosts took every opportunity that came their way.


Sri Lanka 1st Innings 250/2 (90 Overs)

West Indies 1st Innings (Overnight; 66/2)

K Brathwaite LBW Herath 19

S Hope b Herath 23

D Bravo c Chandimal b Herath 50

M Samuels b Herath 11

J Blackwood c Siriwardana b Prasad 11

D Ramdin+ c Perera b Pradeep 23

J Holder* c Perera b Prasad 19

K Roach st Perera b Herath 22

J Taylor c Mathews b Kaushal 31

D Bishoo not out 23

S Gabriel b Herath 0

Total: 251 All Out (82 Overs)

Extras: (b 5, lb 6, w 1, nb 7) 19

Fall of Wickets: 1-33 (Brathwaite, 7.3 ov), 2-49 (Hope, 15.1 ov), 3-70 (Samuels, 23.6 ov), 4-111 (Blackwood, 36.2 ov), 5-132 (Bravo, 45.2 ov), 6-165 (Holder, 54.4 ov), 7-171 (Ramdin, 58.1 ov), 8-217 (Taylor, 68.2 ov), 9-251 (Roach, 81.5 ov), 10-251 (Gabriel, 81.6 ov).

Sri Lanka 1st Innings Bowling: D Prasad 15-6-38-2, N Pradeep 15-4-56-1, R Herath 33-9-68-6, T Kaushal 14-4-65-1, M Siriwardana 5-2-13-0.

West Indies 2nd Innings (Following On)

K Brathwaite LBW Herath 34

S Hope b Siriwardana 6

D Bravo not out 20

D Bishoo 6

Total: 67/2 (27 Overs)

Extras: (nb 1) 1

Still to Bat: M Samuels, J Blackwood, D Ramdin+, J Holder*, J Taylor, K Roach, S Gabriel.

Fall of Wicket: 1-18 (Hope, 9.6 ov), 2-60 (Brathwaite, 23.3 ov).

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings Bowling: D Prasad 3-1-4-0, R Herath 7-3-17-1, N Pradeep 4-1-7-0, M Siriwardana 6-1-30-1, T Kaushal 7-3-9-0.

Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat

State of Match: West Indies trail by 166 runs

Test Debut: Milinda Siriwardana (Sri Lanka)

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (South Africa) & Richard Illingworth (England)

TV Umpire: Simon Fry (Australia)

Match Referee: David Boon (Australia)

Reserve Umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge

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