Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - West Indies start steady but rain washes out final session. Jayawickrama got rid of Blackwood before rain washed out final session.
Jayawickrama got rid of Blackwood before rain washed out final session.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood stitched together a 62-run opening stand to give West Indies a solid start with the bat. Rain struck just before Tea and ensured the final session was also washed out as West Indies went to stumps at 69 for 1. While there's plenty of work left to be put in, West Indies will be satisfied with the way the day panned out for them especially after keeping Sri Lanka to just 204.
Sri Lanka were 113 for 1 coming into the day but were able to muster a small total courtesy Veerasammy Permaul and Jomel Warrican sharing nine wickets between them to restrict Sri Lanka. Spinners picked all ten wickets to fall in the Sri Lanka innings with Permaul bagging a five-for, Warrican getting four and Roston Chase chipping in with one wicket on the opening day.
Oshada Fernando and Nissanka played out some nervy moments but settled in having batted for six overs in the day. West Indies were in desperate need of a wicket to the score past 130 when Warrican got the breakthrough. Fernando was the first to fall on the day before Permaul came onto his own. There was no real partnership of substance from there on as Sri Lanka nosedived to allow West Indies back in the game. Nissanka fell in the 49th over, Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka were to next two to fall – all three to Permaul – as Angelo Mathews tried to hold one end up and forge a partnership. Mathews struggled with injury and had to retire hurt with his participation in the Test still doubtful.
Dinesh Chandimal (2), Ramesh Mendis (5), Suranga Lakmal (12) and Lasith Embuldeniya (1) failed to stick around but consecutive sixes from Mathews, who returned to resume his innings, took the side past 200.
Having batted four overs safely before the lunch break, Brathwaite and Blackwood did well to keep the Sri Lanka bowlers at bay for the opening 27 overs. The pair was subjected to another spin barrage – by Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama and Ramesh Mendis – and did well to keep the runs flowing. While the captain dug in and made unbeaten 22 off 77, Blackwood was more positive in his approach and got 44 off 99 before he trapped lbw by Jayawickrama. Twelve deliveries post the wicket, rain arrived to ensure the officials were forced to take the players off the field. However, in that time, Sri Lanka challenged a call against Brathwaite and lost their review with the ball missing the stumps.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 204 (Pathum Nissanka 73; Veerasammy Permaul 5-35, Jomel Warrican 4-50) lead West Indies 69/1 (Jermaine Blackwood 44) by 135 runs.