GALLE: Off-spinner Ramesh Mendis fuelled a Sri Lankan fightback with a maiden five-wicket haul however the West Indies nonetheless led by three runs within the second innings at stumps on the third day of the second Take a look at on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka have been 46-2 in its second innings at shut having conceded a 49-run first innings result in the guests, who have been bowled out for 253.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (6) was run out to a superb direct hit from Kyle Mayers and Oshada Fernando (14) was additionally run out after being turned again by non-striker Pathum Nissanka.. Nissanka was batting on 21 with Charith Asalanka on 4.
With Angelo Mathews out with a hamstring harm, dropping two early wickets was an enormous blow for Sri Lanka. They’ve by no means misplaced a house Take a look at to West Indies.
Earlier, off-spinner Mendis belatedly discovered his line and size, dismissing Nkrumah Bonner to finish his 75-run stand with West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite.
It broke a two-session drought for Mendis, who then ran by the vacationers’ center order, ending with figures of 6-70 because the West Indies have been all out after tea.
The West Indies fell aside towards the bounce of the brand new ball, although Mendis was denied a seventh wicket when wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal dropped Kemar Roach on eight.
Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya dismissed Brathwaite with a ball pitched on leg-stump that turned away sharply from the right-hander to clip the highest of off-stump.
The West Indies, who’ve but to win a Take a look at match in Sri Lanka, have been taking a look at an honest whole and a substantial first-innings lead after they completed on 145-2 at lunch.
Brathwaite’s simple footwork and impregnable defence have been a significant bulwark for the West Indies after two top-order collapses within the first Take a look at.
The skipper cashed in when unfastened balls have been on supply and was relentless towards Sri Lanka’s two left-arm spinners, forcing the hosts to recalibrate to boundary safety.
However the slide began when Brathwaite was dismissed 72.
Mendis had Roston Chase (10) caught at leg slip by Asalanka and trapped Shai Hope (22) lbw.
Jason Holder (4) unsuccessfully reviewed an lbw resolution towards him as a result of a ball delivered by Mendis appeared to bounce over the stumps. Within the subsequent ball, Joshua da Silva performed by the improper line anticipating a ball from Mendis to show greater than it did and was bowled. His fall left the West Indies 197-7.
Mayers (36 not out) with Roach ensured that the West Indies took a lead within the first innings and prolonged it in a 38-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Veerasammy Permaul.
SRI LANKA (1st Innings) 204
WEST INDIES (1st innings; in a single day 69-1):
Ok. Brathwaite b Embuldeniya 72
J. Blackwood lbw b Jayawickrama 44
N. Bonner lbw b Mendis 35
S. Hope lbw b Mendis 22
R. Chase c Asalanka b Mendis 10
Ok. Mayers not out 36
J. Holder lbw b Mendis 4
J. Da Silva b Mendis 0
Ok. Roach c de Silva b Jayawickrama 8
V. Permaul b Embuldeniya 15
J. Warrican c sub (Karunaratne) b Mendis 1
EXTRAS (NB-6) 6
TOTAL (all out, 104.2 overs) 253
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-62 (Blackwood), 2-137 (Bonner), 3-166 (Brathwaite), 4-180 (Hope), 5-191 (Chase), 6-197 (Holder), 7-197 (da Silva), 8-208 (Roach), 9-246 (Permaul).
BOWLING: Lakmal 9-3-22-0 (nb 2), Embuldeniya 35-13-94-2 (nb 4), Mendis 34.2-8-70-6, Jayawickrama 25-4-59-2, De Silva 1-0-8-0.
SRI LANKA (2nd Innings):
D. Karunaratne run out (Mayers) 6
Pathum Nissanka not out 21
O. Fernando run out (Blackwood/da Silva) 14
C. Asalanka not out 4
EXTRAS (LB-1) 1
TOTAL (for 2 wickets, 21 overs) 46
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-7 (Karunaratne), 2-39 (Fernando).
TO BAT: D. de Silva, D. Chandimal, R. Mendis, S. Lakmal, L. Embuldeniya, P. Jayawickrama, A. Mathews.
BOWLING (to-date): Permaul 9-2-20-0, Chase 5-1-8-0, Warrican 7-1-17-0.
Printed in Daybreak, December 2nd, 2021