West Indian bowling unit earned advantage of the Test on the third day of the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua as Sri Lanka lost 5 wickets for just 114 runs during the day. Youngster Pathum Nissanka who guided Sri Lanka past 250 with the help of tailenders, was the only recognized batsman who remained in the middle at stumps.
Sri Lanka started their day on 136 for 3 with Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal in the middle, trailing 218 runs behind West Indies’ first essay. Sri Lanka needed this experienced duo to make a big partnership today but the speedster Shannon Gabriel had other ideas.
Gabriel was bowling to a plan to the settled pair as he stuck to short balls in the morning session. Chandimal was almost dismissed in the first over of the day as he nicked one to third slip but put down by Rakheem Cornwall. Four overs later Gabriel earned his first wicket of the series for bending his back as Chandimal hooked one without control which ended at the hands of Hayden Walsh Jr.
From then on, Youngster Pathum Nissanka and De Silva built a promising partnership as both played positively taking the attack to West Indies main spinner, Cornwall. But due to a lapse in concentration by De Silva, he was judged LBW off the bowling of part-time spinner Jermaine Blackwood.
De Silva decided not to review his LBW decision despite having 3 reviews in hand and paid the price as the replays suggested that the ball would have missed the leg stump according to the ball-tracking technology. Needless to say, Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur was furious at (a) the umpire’s decision and (b) De Silva’s judgement.
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De Silva was batting comfortably at that moment and these quick two blows in the morning sent Sri Lanka backwards which meant the youngster Pathum Nissanka and wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella had to shoulder the Sri Lanka innings.
The innings was disrupted in few instances due to rain as the play was limited to only 42.1 overs during the day. Players had to wait hours to get back into the field which didn’t help Sri Lanka’s cause.
Dickwella who scored another 90’s score last game, couldn’t succeed in this innings as he was caught behind for 20 off the bowling of former West Indian skipper Jason Holder. The only successful innings with the bat was played by young Nissanka who was batting on a different pitch compared to others’ dismissals.
Sri Lanka reached 250 for the fall of 8 wickets during the short passage of play yesterday and Nissanka was just one run behind another half-century to follow his century on debut.
|Kraig Brathwaite||b Dushmantha Chameera||126||311||13||0||40.51|
|John Campbell||c Niroshan Dickwella b Suranga Lakmal||5||24||1||0||20.83|
|Nkrumah Bonner||b Suranga Lakmal||0||6||0||0||0.00|
|Kyle Mayers||c Niroshan Dickwella b Vishwa Fernando||49||61||8||0||80.33|
|Jermaine Blackwood||c Niroshan Dickwella b Suranga Lakmal||18||29||2||1||62.07|
|Jason Holder||c Lahiru Thirimanne b Dhananjaya de Silva||30||34||5||0||88.24|
|Joshua Da Silva||c Niroshan Dickwella b Dushmantha Chameera||1||35||0||0||2.86|
|Alzarri Joseph||lbw b Lasith Embuldeniya||29||41||3||1||70.73|
|Rahkeem Cornwall||c Vishwa Fernando b Suranga Lakmal||73||92||10||1||79.35|
|Kemar Roach||c Niroshan Dickwella b Dushmantha Chameera||9||36||1||0||25.00|
|Shannon Gabriel||not out||1||5||0||0||20.00|
|Extras||13 (b 0 , lb 6 , nb 7, w 0, pen 0)|
|Total||354/10 (111.1 Overs, RR: 3.18)|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||10||3||26||1||2.60|
|Dimuth Karunarathne||c Nkrumah Bonner b Alzarri Joseph||1||17||0||0||5.88|
|Lahiru Thirimanne||b Kemar Roach||55||106||6||0||51.89|
|Oshada Fernando||lbw b Kyle Mayers||18||71||1||0||25.35|
|Dinesh Chandimal||c Hayden Walsh b Shannon Gabriel||44||101||5||0||43.56|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||lbw b Jermaine Blackwood||39||140||1||0||27.86|
|Pathum Nissanka||c Hayden Walsh b Kemar Roach||51||131||0||0||38.93|
|Niroshan Dickwella||c Joshua Da Silva b Jason Holder||20||25||0||0||80.00|
|Suranga Lakmal||c Kraig Brathwaite b Alzarri Joseph||6||9||0||0||66.67|
|Dushmantha Chameera||c Joshua Da Silva b Jason Holder||2||26||0||0||7.69|
|Lasith Embuldeniya||not out||5||21||0||0||23.81|
|Vishwa Fernando||c Joshua Da Silva b Kemar Roach||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||17 (b 4 , lb 5 , nb 7, w 1, pen 0)|
|Total||258/10 (108 Overs, RR: 2.39)|
|Kraig Brathwaite||b Dushmantha Chameera||85||196||4||0||43.37|
|John Campbell||c Niroshan Dickwella b Suranga Lakmal||10||25||1||0||40.00|
|Jermaine Blackwood||c Niroshan Dickwella b Dushmantha Chameera||18||41||2||0||43.90|
|Kyle Mayers||lbw b Suranga Lakmal||55||76||8||0||72.37|
|Jason Holder||not out||71||88||7||0||80.68|
|Joshua Da Silva||not out||20||16||2||0||125.00|
|Extras||21 (b 2 , lb 12 , nb 6, w 1, pen 0)|
|Total||280/4 (72.4 Overs, RR: 3.85)|
|Did not bat||Nkrumah Bonner, Alzarri Joseph, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel,|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||28||3||81||0||2.89|
|Lahiru Thirimanne||c Rahkeem Cornwall b Alzarri Joseph||39||114||5||0||34.21|
|Dimuth Karunarathne||lbw b Kyle Mayers||75||176||9||0||42.61|
|Oshada Fernando||not out||66||119||8||0||55.46|
|Dinesh Chandimal||not out||10||66||1||0||15.15|
|Extras||3 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 1, pen 0)|
|Total||193/2 (79 Overs, RR: 2.44)|
|Did not bat||Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando,|