Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Brathwaite drives West Indies forward. Kraigg Brathwaite struck a half-century and stitched a 75-run stand with Nkrumah Bonner
Kraigg Brathwaite struck a half-century and stitched a 75-run stand with Nkrumah Bonner
Kraigg Brathwaite struck a half-century and stitched a 75-run stand with Nkrumah Bonner as West Indies continued to hold a slight advantage over Sri Lanka at lunch on day three in Galle. In the opening session, the visitors made 76 runs in 33.2 overs – losing just one wicket – and reduced the deficit to 59.
The day started with just two runs being scored in the opening 26 deliveries with both batters happy to take their time to settle in. Brathwaite struck the opening boundary of the day – in the 35th over against Lasith Embuldeniya – and Bonner followed it up with one in the next over against Praveen Jayawickrama to get things going. Brathwaite was much more positive in the 37th as he took on Embuldeniya and bagged two consecutive fours to put the pressure on the spinner.
Between overs 35 and 39, West Indies got six boundaries to nullify any pressure the slow start would have created. The pair brought up the 100 in the 43rd over and Brathwaite got his 23rd Test half-century in the 47th off 135 balls. Sri Lanka lost a review in the 48th when they challenged a lbw call against Bonner but the batter had managed an inside edge.
Sri Lanka finally managed a breakthrough with less than 15 minutes left in the session when Bonner was trapped in front by Ramesh Mendis. The batter did challenge the call and lost the review too as Sri Lanka managed to break the threatening stand.
With a considerable amount of time lost due to rain, West Indies will hope to bat just once and bank on their spinners to do the job once again. On day two, Veerasammy Permaul and Jomel Warrican shared nine wickets to keep Sri Lanka to just 204. Angelo Mathews struggled with an injury and his participation in the Test is still in doubt.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 204 (Pathum Nissanka 73; Veerasammy Permaul 5-35, Jomel Warrican 4-50) lead West Indies 145/2 (Kraigg Brathwaite 62*) by 59 runs.