West Indies batting collapsed to the spin of Suraj Randiv on a truncated opening day ruined by rain in their 3-day warm-up game against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI at the SSC yesterday.
There was no play in the morning session due to a wet outfield and when play commenced West Indies winning the toss and batting first reached a promising 78-1 before collapsing to Randiv’s off-spin to end the day at 127-6.
Randiv a former Sri Lanka Test spinner ended the day with figures of three for 33. Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal named in the squad for the Test series was also among the wickets finishing with two for 10 off 11 overs in an economical spell.
Lakmal’s new ball partner Vishwa Fernando also bowled a tight line to restrict the West Indies batting ending with one wicket for 21 off 10 overs.
Top scorer for West Indies was opener Kraigg Brathwaite with a patient 46 off 102 balls (6 fours).
Scores: West Indians 127-6 at close (Kraigg Brathwaite 46, Darren Bravo 21, Shai Hope 24 n.o., Suranga Lakmal 2/10, Suraj Randiv 3/33) v Sri Lanka Board President’s XI