Brathwaite, rain & bad light stall Sri Lankan charge

West Indies vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test

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Sri Lanka eventually fell five wickets short of levelling the series, on a final day which saw interruptions in the form of rain and bad light, as the visitors were left pondering about the two hours that were missed after they decided to protest ‘the change of ball’ during the first session on day three.

Earlier in the day Sri Lanka resuming their 2nd innings on 334/8, added only eight runs to their overnight total with Shannon Gabriel being the chief destroyer once again. Gabriel in-fact went on to capture 8 wickets in the second innings to restrict Sri Lanka to 342 all-out, to follow up his five wicket haul in the first innings. His figures of 13/121 in the match was also the all time 3rd best bowling figures in a Test match for any West Indian bowler.

Kasun Rajitha bowled with plenty of heart in the first innings to capture three wickets and he roared like a lion twice in his second over in the second innings in celebration, when he dismissed Devon Smith and Kieran Powell within the space of three balls.

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West Indies was reeling at 8/2 and to make matters worse, Shai Hope was struck on the ribs by a brutal Lahiru Kumara delivery which was clocked just under the 150kmph mark. Hope tried his best to stay on but eventually decided to leave the field and that brought in a nervous Roston Chase to join Kraig Brathwaite in the middle. Chase went through a few anxious moments against Kumara early but managed to keep him at bay.

Suranga Lakmal returned for a spell on the stroke of lunch and set up Roston Chase beautifully to have him cleaned up for 13, as the visitors went into the break with renewed hope.

Shane Dowrich(8) didn’t last for too long when Akila Dananjaya got one to go on straight with the arm to find his outside edge, as Dhananjaya de Silva accepted the simple opportunity in the slips. West Indies was 64/4 and looking down the barrel at this stage with more than 60 overs remaining, when Shai Hope returned to the batting crease.

Loud cries were heard whenever Hope tried to play off the back foot as he seemed to be in a lot of pain but continued to battle, on an uneven surface which provided a lot of assistance for the fast bowlers with variable bounce. He seemed like he wouldn’t last for too long though he did survive for 115 balls. He even took the attack to Kumara – who hit him in the ribs earlier – depositing him into the stands with a classical pull shot, before his brave effort ended when a Suranga Lakmal delivery took off from no where, struck his back elbow and ricocheted on to the stumps.

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Brathwaite continued his lone battle at the other end, taking the attack to the bowlers whenever needed. It was a typical Brathwaite knock in-fact. He reached his half century off his 159th ball. He did it his own way but managed to remain unbeaten when first rain and then bad light arrived.

Skipper Jason Holder faced 20 deliveries for his unbeaten 15* as West Indies was 147/5 in the 61st over of their innings when umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould decided to take the players off due to bad light. That meant more that 32 overs were lost on the final day – which also included a slight rain interruption right after the tea break – as the umpires decided to call off play and declare the match drawn.

Rajitha picked up five wickets in the match for Sri Lanka while Kumara and Lakmal picked up four apiece as Sri Lanka showed plenty of courage in clawing their way back into the Test match after conceding a 47 run first innings lead.

This closely fought game of Test cricket will unfortunately be remembered for the wrong reasons as Sri Lanka await the hearing of their skipper Dinesh Chandimal who has been accused of ball tampering, which also saw a protest from the Sri Lankan players for the first couple of hours on day three.

Full Scorecard









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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