Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Late-order counterattack defies Sri Lanka's charge. Rakheem Cornwall carried forward the mantle of attacking the bowlers.
Rakheem Cornwall carried forward the mantle of attacking the bowlers.
Despite some resistance from West Indies' lower order, Sri Lanka continued to hold the aces at Galle on a day where rain was the major highlight on Tuesday (November 23). The visitors managed to cling on through some nuggety knocks from Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder and Rahkeem Cornwall, all of whom fought fire with fire to keep the Lankans at bay.
Mayers and Holder carried on their overnight work with a steady display before departing in rather quick succession. Cornwall took over the baton and found a gritty partner in Joshua Da Silva as the home side continued to feel the frustration of being unable to wrap things up.
Just as the partnership was broken at the stroke of the second new ball, rain arrived to have the final say at the start of the second session with no play possible thereafter. The day witnessed just 38 overs in which West Indies managed more than 100 runs for the loss of three wickets.
With only six sessions remaining and more weather interruptions expected, Sri Lanka's hunt of victory seems to have hit a roadblock, although they still have a sizable first-innings lead with just one West Indies wicket left.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka386 (Karunaratne 147, De Silva 61, Chase 5-83) leads West Indies224-9 (Mayers 45, Jayawickrama 3-38, Mendis 3-75) by 162 runs.