Smith steadies the ship on a rainy day

West Indies vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test

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Kasun Rajitha celebrating his maiden test wicket.

A day which lasted only 42.3 overs ended with the Windies slowly but steadily taking the upper hand thanks to a few gritty knocks at the top of order.

It was the second day of 2nd Test in the Darren Sammy stadium at Gros Islet. Sri Lanka had no choice but to get some early break throughs but it wasn’t easy. The openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Devon Smith showed pure grit and determination to weather the storm early on in the day.

However, credit should be given to Lahiru Kumara and the debutant Kasun Rajitha. The only special moment of the game took place in the first session where Kasun Rajitha took his maiden Test wicket. The ball was pitched up and it seamed away nicely, catching the edge of Brathwaite’s bat. He thoroughly deserved the wicket for the way he bowled together with Lahiru Kumara.

The 2nd session was a stop-start affair as the showers flew over the grounds disrupting play. It could have easily gone against the Windies but a very mature innings from Devon Smith steadied the ship for the home side. Making a comeback after many years of absence, Smith answered many a question and made an unbeaten half century in testing conditions.

The third and final session was also disrupted by rain but it was a productive one for the visitors as Kumara got the prize wicket of Kieran Powell who was striking the ball well in the middle. However, the Windies would feel confident going into the 3rd day with just a 135 run deficit to overcome. As for Sri Lanka, it will be a matter of building up pressure and taking some quick wickets early on.









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Full Scorecard

Sri Lanka

253/10 & 342/10

(91.4 overs)

Result

West Indies

300/10 & 147/5

(60.3 overs)

Match Drawn

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
Kusal Perera c J.Holder b K.Roach 32 55
Mahela Udawatte c J.Holder b S.Gabriel 0 2
Dananjaya De Silva b S.Gabriel 12 14
Kusal Mendis c S.Dowrich b J.Holder 45 83
Dinesh Chandimal not out 119 186
Roshen Silva c J.Holder b S.Gabriel 6 23
Niroshan Dickwella c S.Hope b S.Gabriel 16 55
Akila Dananjaya c S.Dowrich b K.Roach 2 10
Suranga Lakmal lbw by S.Gabriel 10 9
Kasun Rajitha c S.Dowrich b K.Roach 4 33
Lahiru Kumara c S.Hope b K.Roach 0 6
Extras
7 (b 1, lb 2, nb 2, w 2)
Total
253/10 (79 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-0 (M Udawatte, 1.2 ov), 2-15 (D de Silva, 5.4 ov), 3-59 (KJ Perera, 18.1 ov), 4-126 (K Mendis, 34.1 ov), 5-148 (R Silva, 43.1 ov), 6-179 (N Dickwella, 59.4 ov), 7-190 (A Dananjaya, 62.6 ov), 8-206 (S Lakmal, 65.4 ov), 9-237 (K Rajitha, 76.4 ov), 10-253 (L Kumara, 78.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Kemar Roach 18 8 49 4 2.72
Shanon Gabriel 16 4 59 5 3.69
Miguel Cummins 19 5 69 0 3.63
Jason Holder 14 2 56 1 4.00
Devendra Bishoo 11 3 15 0 1.36
Roston Chase 1 0 2 0 2.00

West Indies’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
Kraig Brathwaite c N.Dickwella b K.Rajitha 22 79
Devon Smith lbw by A.Dananjaya 61 176
Keiran Powell c K.Mendis b L.Kumara 27 45
Shai Hope c D.De.Silva b S.Lakmal 19 41
Roston Chase c S.Lakmal b L.Kumara 41 68
Shane Dowrich c N.Dickwella b S.Lakmal 55 98
Jason Holder c N.Dickwella b K.Rajitha 15 35
Devendra Bishoo c K.Mendis b K.Rajitha 2 13
Kemar Roach lbw by L.Kumara 13 21
Miguel Cummins not out 8 20
Shanon Gabriel c D.De.Silva b L.Kumara 3 8
Extras
34 (b 11, lb 8, nb 1, w 9, pen 5)
Total
300/10 (100.3 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-59 (K Brathwaite, 24.4 ov), 2-115 (K Powell, 40.6 ov), 3-149 (S Hope, 54.3 ov), 4-163 (D Smith, 59.1 ov), 5-241 (R Chase, 80.4 ov), 6-254 (S Dowrich, 86.3 ov), 7-261 (D Bishoo, 89.6 ov), 8-279 (J Holder, 93.3 ov), 9-292 (K Roach, 98.4 ov), 10-300 (S Gabriel, 100.3 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Suranga Lakmal 24 6 50 2 2.08
Akila Dananjaya 25 7 81 1 3.24
Kasun Rajitha 22 6 49 3 2.23
Lahiru Kumara 26.3 4 86 4 3.27
Dananjaya De Silva 3 0 10 0 3.33

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
Kusal Perera c S.Dowrich b S.Gabriel 20 23
Mahela Udawatta c D.Bishoo b K.Roach 19 46
Kasun Rajitha lbw by S.Gabriel 0 6
Dananjaya De Silva c D.Smith b S.Gabriel 3 15
Kusal Mendis b S.Gabriel 87 117
Dinesh Chadimal c S.Dowrich b K.Roach 39 112
Roshen Silva c S.Dowrich b S.Gabriel 48 115
Niroshen Dickwella c K.Powell b S.Gabriel 62 70
Akila Dananjaya b S.Gabriel 23 30
Suranga Lakmal lbw by S.Gabriel 7 22
Lahiru Kumara not out 0 5
Extras
34 (b 12, lb 8, nb 11, w 3)
Total
342/10 (91.4 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-32 (KJ Perera, 7.4 ov), 2-34 (K Rajitha, 9.4 ov), 3-44 (D de Silva, 13.6 ov), 4-48 (M Udawatte, 16.2 ov), 5-165 (D Chandimal, 47.4 ov), 6-199 (K Mendis, 57.2 ov), 7-298 (R Silva, 81.1 ov), 8-307 (N Dickwella, 83.1 ov),9-334 (S.Lakmal, 89.5), 10-342 (A.Dananjaya, 91.4)
Bowling O M R W E
Kemar Roach 21 3 78 2 3.71
Shanon Gabriel 20.4 6 62 8 3.04
Jason Holder 15 5 38 0 2.53
Miguel Cummins 13 1 44 0 3.38
Devendra Bishoo 11 0 58 0 5.27
Roston Chase 10 1 38 0 3.80
Kraig Brathwaite 1 0 4 0 4.00

West Indies’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
Kraig Brathwaite not out 59 172
Devon Smith c D.De.Silva b K.Rajitha 1 5
Kieran Powell c M.Udawatta b K.Rajitha 2 2
Shai Hope b S.Lakmal 39 115
Roston Chase b S.Lakmal 13 37
Shane Dowrich c D.De.Silva b A.Dananjaya 8 12
Jason Holder not out 15 20
Extras
10 (b 10)
Total
147/5 (60.3 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-6 (D Smith, 3.2 ov), 2-8 (K Powell, 3.4 ov), 3-55 (R Chase, 22.6 ov), 4-64 (S Dowrich, 27.2 ov), 5-117 (S Hope, 54.3 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Suranga Lakmal 17.3 3 48 2 2.77
Kasun Rajitha 13 3 23 2 1.77
Lahiru Kumara 10 3 28 0 2.80
Akila Dananjaya 19 7 33 1 1.74
Dananjaya De Silva 1 0 5 0 5.00