Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - West Indies take lead after Ramesh Mendis five-fer. Ramesh Mendis bagged his maiden Test five-wicket haul to help Sri Lanka storm back in the contest at Tea on day three
Ramesh Mendis bagged his maiden Test five-wicket haul to help Sri Lanka storm back in the contest at Tea on day three
Ramesh Mendis bagged his maiden Test five-wicket haul to help Sri Lanka storm back in the contest at Tea on day three. West Indies, after starting the second session on 145 for 2, were reduced to 235 for 8 with the side scoring 90 in the session. The visitors go into the break with a lead of 31 as some late hitting from Kyle Mayers and Veerasammy Permaul left Sri Lanka frustrated.
West Indies had progressed steadily in the opening session and scored 76 before the lunch break. Even though they lost Kraigg Brathwaite in the opening hour of the second session, West Indies were able to close to gap to Sri Lanka's 204 and move to 179 for 3 in 80 overs. That's when the carnage began.
Mendis struck in the first over after drinks as he removed Roston Chase for 10. Shai Hope was trapped in front in Mendis's next over as the visitors soon slipped to 191 for 5. Mendis then followed it up with twin strikes in the 87th over – removing Jason Holder and Joshua Da Silva on consecutive deliveries – before Kyle Mayers kept out the hat-trick ball. Kemar Roach was dropped by Dinesh Chandimal but fell two balls later to Praveen Jayawickrama but by then West Indies had taken the first-innings lead.
The day started with just two runs being scored in the opening 26 deliveries with both Brathwaite and Nkrumah Bonner 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.
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 finally managed a breakthrough with less than 15 minutes left in the opening session when Bonner was trapped in front by Mendis.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 204 (Pathum Nissanka 73; Veerasammy Permaul 5-35, Jomel Warrican 4-50) trail West Indies 235/8 (Kraigg Brathwaite 72; Ramesh Mendis 5-61) by 31 runs.