GALLE: Rangana Herath continued to torment the West Indies when he captured two wickets on the third morning to reduce the visitors to 134 for five wickets at lunch in the first Test played at the Galle International Stadium.
West Indies trailed Sri Lanka on the first innings by 350 runs having lost three wickets in the first session.
At the wickets were Denesh Ramdin (11) and Jason Holder (0).
Herath struck in his second over of the day by dismissing Marlon Samuels for 11. The batsman successfully survived an lbw appeal off the first ball of the over but was out off the last when he attempted to pull a short delivery and only succeeded in playing it onto his stumps off his pads.
Dhammika Prasad followed with the wicket of Jermaine Blackwood when he edged a catch to debutant Milinda Siriwardana at slip who juggled with it twice before clinging onto it.
Herath returning for his second spell of the morning struck the most decisive blow for West Indies when he dismissed Darren Bravo who had completed a fluent half-century and looked the only West Indies batsman to play the Lankan bowlers with any confidence.
Bravo was unlucky that Dinesh Chandimal was in the way at short midwicket when he attempted a full blooded pull and the fielder plucked the ball from midair in goal keeper style to complete a stunning catch.
Herath went to lunch with figures of four for 24 off 17 overs, but his spin partner Tharindu Kaushal had a horrible first over going for 16 runs that included four no-balls.
Scores: Sri Lanka 484;
West Indies 66-2 contd 134-5 at lunch (Darren Bravo 50, Rangana Herath 4/24)