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Untiring Lakmal keeps Sri Lanka in the hunt

Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 02

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Suranga Lakmal
With only 169 on the board, under the hot Caribbean sun, Lakmal’s length never quivered, his spirit never wavered | Credits - gettyimages
 

Sri Lanka’s veteran seamer Suranga Lakmal produced a dreamy spell to restrict the West Indian 1st innings on day two of the first Test match between the two sides at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua as the hosts ended up on 268/8 at stumps.

After yesterday evening’s disciplined bowling effort, the duo Suranga Lakmal and Vishwa Fernando continued their good work in the morning session, bowling 4 maidens on the trot  and keeping the pressure steady on the West Indian openers John Campbell and Kraigg Brathwaite.

Read – Sri Lanka skittled out for 169 as West Indies take control on Day 01

Skipper Braithwaite fell victim to Lakmal’s mastery, without adding anything to his overnight score, edging one to Dhananjaya de Silva at 2nd slip as the seamer swung a length delivery away from the right-hander.

Lakmal worked overtime in the morning session, sending 8 overs back-to-back while the left arm fast bowler Vishwa Fernando launched a probing spell from the other end, constantly testing the patience of Campbell and Nkrumah Bonner. However, the pair was unlucky as the edges failed to reach the slip cordon.

Left arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya who had a successful run at home against England in the last Test series managed to break through the defenses of Bonner to restrict the number 3 batsman to 33 runs. 

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Sri Lanka’s fastest bowler on tour, Chameera was impressive throughout the day, continuously hitting that 140kph mark and sometimes even touching 147 clicks with control. Sri Lanka will consider themselves unfortunate as a few opportunities slipped out of their hands at crucial times. One of which was the (non)dismissal of Bonner off Chameera’s bowling which turned out to be a no-ball. 

Sri Lanka also missed a runout opportunity of Campbell early in his innings as Vishwa Fernando missed a direct hit opportunity. There were also a controversial DRS call from the TV umpire Nigel Duguid where he turned down a Sri Lankan review on the basis of the absence of clear evidence in the 73rd over off Embuldeniya’s bowling.

However, the day belonged to that 34-year-old, the resolute Suranga Lakmal who decimated the West Indies top order, bagging a 5-fer to his name. Be it old ball or new ball, a right hander or left hander, Lakmal always had a plan and that plan was consistency. With only 169 on the board, under the hot Caribbean sun, Lakmal’s length never quivered, his spirit never wavered.

This is Lakmal’s 4th 5-fer in Test cricket as now he holds a 5-fer in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and West Indies.

Lakmal’s 5-fers in Test Cricket

  • Vs South Africa – Port Elizabeth – 2016
  • Vs New Zealand – Christchurch – 2018
  • Vs Australia – Brisbane – 2018
  • Vs West Indies – Antigua – 2021

It is no doubt that Lakmal is one of the most improved Test cricketers in the world in recent years. Since 2018, the pacer has taken 60 wickets at an average of 23.33. Before that his Test bowling average was 44.94.

After that spell of Lakmal, things started to go south for the Sri Lankans as Rahkeem Cornwall and Joshua Da Silva produced two special innings bringing up a record partnership of 90 runs after being 7/171. (Highest 8th wicket partnership against Sri Lanka by West Indies pair | Previous Best – Shane Dowrich, & Kemar Roach – 2018 – 80 runs)

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The mighty Antiguan brought up his maiden half century as he drove the 1st innings lead to 99 runs, derailing Sri Lankan hopes of a comeback into this game. He scored an unbeaten 60 off just 79 balls including 9 boundaries and 2 sixes and will look to stretch that lead past 150 in the morning of day 03 which will possibly be the deciding day of this Test match.



Result

Match drawn

Sri Lanka
169/10 (69.4) & 476/10 (149.5)

West Indies
271/10 (103) & 236/4 (100)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunarathne c John Campbell b Rahkeem Cornwall 12 43 1 0 27.91
Lahiru Thirimanne b Jason Holder 70 180 4 0 38.89
Oshada Fernando run out () 4 11 0 0 36.36
Dinesh Chandimal c Joshua Da Silva b Jason Holder 4 25 0 0 16.00
Dhananjaya de Silva b Kemar Roach 13 26 2 0 50.00
Pathum Nissanka c Jason Holder b Kemar Roach 9 12 2 0 75.00
Niroshan Dickwella c Rahkeem Cornwall b Jason Holder 32 76 2 0 42.11
Suranga Lakmal c Kraig Brathwaite b Jason Holder 3 13 0 0 23.08
Dushmantha Chameera b Kemar Roach 2 7 0 0 28.57
Lasith Embuldeniya lbw b Jason Holder 3 15 0 0 20.00
Vishwa Fernando not out 1 11 0 0 9.09


Extras 16 (b 4 , lb 6 , nb 1, w 5, pen 0)
Total 169/10 (69.4 Overs, RR: 2.43)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kemar Roach 16 2 47 3 2.94
Shannon Gabriel 9 2 22 0 2.44
Rahkeem Cornwall 14 6 25 1 1.79
Alzarri Joseph 11 2 32 0 2.91
Jason Holder 17.4 6 27 5 1.55
Kyle Mayers 2 0 6 0 3.00
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Kraig Brathwaite c Dhananjaya de Silva b Suranga Lakmal 3 43 0 0 6.98
John Campbell c Niroshan Dickwella b Dushmantha Chameera 42 148 4 0 28.38
Nkrumah Bonner lbw b Lasith Embuldeniya 31 63 5 0 49.21
Kyle Mayers c Dhananjaya de Silva b Suranga Lakmal 45 70 6 2 64.29
Jermaine Blackwood b Suranga Lakmal 2 7 0 0 28.57
Jason Holder b Suranga Lakmal 19 61 2 0 31.15
Joshua Da Silva c Niroshan Dickwella b Dushmantha Chameera 46 124 5 0 37.10
Alzarri Joseph c Dinesh Chandimal b Suranga Lakmal 0 8 0 0 0.00
Rahkeem Cornwall b Vishwa Fernando 61 85 9 2 71.76
Kemar Roach not out 5 15 1 0 33.33
Shannon Gabriel lbw b Vishwa Fernando 0 3 0 0 0.00


Extras 17 (b 1 , lb 6 , nb 9, w 1, pen 0)
Total 271/10 (103 Overs, RR: 2.63)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 25 9 47 5 1.88
Vishwa Fernando 17 6 52 2 3.06
Dushmantha Chameera 22 1 71 2 3.23
Lasith Embuldeniya 28 6 64 1 2.29
Dhananjaya de Silva 11 2 30 0 2.73
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Lahiru Thirimanne b Kemar Roach 76 201 4 0 37.81
Dimuth Karunarathne c John Campbell b Kemar Roach 3 13 0 0 23.08
Oshada Fernando c Joshua Da Silva b Kyle Mayers 91 149 11 0 61.07
Dinesh Chandimal c Joshua Da Silva b Kyle Mayers 4 9 0 0 44.44
Dhananjaya de Silva b Alzarri Joseph 50 79 6 0 63.29
Pathum Nissanka c Kemar Roach b Rahkeem Cornwall 103 252 6 0 40.87
Niroshan Dickwella b Kemar Roach 96 163 8 0 58.90
Suranga Lakmal run out () 8 24 0 0 33.33
Lasith Embuldeniya c Kyle Mayers b Rahkeem Cornwall 6 9 0 0 66.67
Dushmantha Chameera c Jason Holder b Rahkeem Cornwall 10 11 0 1 90.91
Vishwa Fernando not out 0 0 0 0 0.00


Extras 29 (b 13 , lb 5 , nb 11, w 0, pen 0)
Total 476/10 (149.5 Overs, RR: 3.18)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kemar Roach 27 3 74 3 2.74
Shannon Gabriel 18 2 67 0 3.72
Jason Holder 22 4 40 0 1.82
Alzarri Joseph 21 2 83 1 3.95
Rahkeem Cornwall 42.5 4 137 3 3.22
Kraig Brathwaite 9 1 30 0 3.33
Kyle Mayers 9 2 24 2 2.67
Jermaine Blackwood 1 0 3 0 3.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Kraig Brathwaite b Lasith Embuldeniya 23 124 0 0 18.55
John Campbell c Niroshan Dickwella b Vishwa Fernando 11 15 2 0 73.33
Nkrumah Bonner not out 113 274 13 1 41.24
Kyle Mayers c Lahiru Thirimanne b Lasith Embuldeniya 52 113 5 0 46.02
Jermaine Blackwood b Vishwa Fernando 4 29 0 0 13.79
Jason Holder not out 18 48 4 0 37.50


Extras 15 (b 4 , lb 8 , nb 3, w 0, pen 0)
Total 236/4 (100 Overs, RR: 2.36)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 25 10 33 0 1.32
Vishwa Fernando 19 0 73 2 3.84
Lasith Embuldeniya 28 9 62 2 2.21
Dushmantha Chameera 18 3 44 0 2.44
Dhananjaya de Silva 10 5 12 0 1.20