West Indies captain Jason Holder gets one past the outstretched hands of short leg fielder Kaushal Silva on the third day of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium. (Pic by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

GALLE: West Indies tail wagged strongly as they came to within 44 runs of saving the follow-on against Sri Lanka in the first Test played at the Galle International Stadium.

After losing half their side for 132 at lunch West Indies fought back to score 107 run in the afternoon session losing three wickets.

The West Indies fight back was led by skipper Jason Holder (19) and Denesh Ramdin (23) who put on 33 valuable runs for the sixth wicket.

But more importantly it was the two partnerships involving Kemar Roach that gave West Indies hopes of saving the follow-on.

Roach put up strong resistance against pace and spin to be 19 not out scored off 66 balls.

With Jerome Taylor who made 31, Roach added 46 for the eighth wicket and with Devendra Bishoo (16 n.o.) he has so far put on 24 runs.

Strangely enough Herath who had caused the early West Indies slump went wicketless in the session. It was Prasad, Pradeep and Kaushal who picked up the wickets.

Scores: Sri Lanka 484;

West Indies 241-8 at tea (Darren Bravo 50, Denesh Ramdin 23, Jerome Taylor 31, Dhammika Prasad 2/34, Rangana Herath 4/66)