Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Nissanka, Dhananjaya help Sri Lanka edge ahead. Nissanka and de Silva put on 78 for the fourth wicket.
Nissanka and de Silva put on 78 for the fourth wicket.
Pathum Nissanka composed a gritty 66 and also strung together a crucial partnership of 78 with Dhananjaya de Silva to help Sri Lanka swell the lead to 102 at Lunch on Day 4 of the Galle Test against the West Indies.
At the start of the day, the West Indies would have hoped to make incisions and Veerasammy Permaul provided them with one when he removed Charith Asalanka. The left-arm spinner extracted appreciable turn to force the Test debutant to edge one to the fielder stationed at short leg. Nissanka, the other overnight batter, looked assured at the crease as he offered his broad blade to frustrate the opponent's spinners. In between, he also twinned watertight defence with the paddle sweep to collect useful runs.
Dhananjaya de Silva was the more aggressive of the two. The middle order batter was nimble on his feet against the spinners as he used the depth of the crease to play the cut. He also showcased his wristwork by cracking the flick while facing Jomel Warrican. The duo had a few nervy moments, especially De Silva edged one off Permaul but Joshua Da Silva grassed a tough chance behind the stumps.
In an attempt to break the association, Kraigg Brathwaite decided to use Kemar Roach for the first time in the innings. However, Dhananjaya continued to play with a fair amount of freedom as he crunched a couple of pulls against deliveries that sat up nicely for him to bring out the horizontal-bat shot. The persistent Jason Holder was also introduced into the attack, but he too offered a freebie by sliding one down the leg-side with Nissanka essaying a tidy flick shot. Right on the stroke of Lunch break, Nissanka then played back to a delivery that skidded on and was trapped in front by Roston Chase. Nissanka perhaps paid the price for looking to play for the break.
On Day 4, there has been some evidence of appreciable turn. And with Sri Lanka's lead crossing the 100-run mark, the hosts have an edge in what has been a Test match full of ebbs and flows.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 204 & 151/4 (Pathum Nissanka 66; Roston Chase 1-43) lead West Indies 253 (Kraigg Brathwaite 72; Ramesh Mendis 6-70) by 102 runs.