Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - West Indies lose openers after SL declare. Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood were dismissed in the morning session
Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood were dismissed in the morning session
Sri Lanka raised their hopes of wrapping up the series 2-0 as they dismissed West Indies openers early right after their declaration. West Indies went to Lunch at 65/2, still needing 232 for an unlikely win.
In pursuit of a sizeable target of 297, the tourists lost Kraigg Braithwaite early when he was adjudged LBW off Ramesh Mendis. The West Indies skipper decided to challenge the call but to no avail. Bonner, who seems to relish a scrap, then joined hands with Blackwood to frustrate Sri Lanka. A little push here, a forward defence there, juxtaposed by a few pulls and the drive – the pair showed the required judgment and temperament for most part of the session.
The duo did face a few close shaves, evidenced by how the fielder at short midwicket fluffed a chance with Blackwood getting the reprieve. In the 25th over, there was also a huge appeal for a catch but it was quite clear that Bonner hadn't eked out an inside edge. Unfortunately for the visitors, at the stroke of lunch, Blackwood perhaps lost his concentration and edged one to the slip fielder off Embuldeniya. Incidentally, yesterday too a wicket at the stroke of Lunch when Roston Chase dislodged Pathum Nissanka.
Earlier, Dhananjaya de Silva and Embuldeniya shared a record ninth-wicket stand of 124 for Sri Lanka to put the hosts on top. Eventually, Embuldeniya was cleaned up by Jason Holder and Sri Lanka decided to declare their second innings at 345 for 9. Dhananjaya, at the other end, remained unbeaten on 155.
The track hasn't deteriorated as much as it was expected, giving West Indies hopes of still ekeing out a draw.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 204 & 345/9 decl. (Dhananjaya de Silva 155*, Pathum Nissanka 66; V Permaul 3-100) lead West Indies 253 and 65/2 (Jermaine Blackwood 36; Lasith Embuldeniya 1-7) by 231 runs.