Dinesh Chandimal’s defences is breached by Jerome Taylor at 25 on the opening day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the P Sara Oval. (Pic by Ishara Kodikara)

West Indies kept their stranglehold on the Sri Lanka batting by capturing a further two wickets in the afternoon session of the second Test at the P Sara Oval despite a defiant unbeaten maiden Test fifty from Milinda Siriwardana.

Sri Lanka went to tea at 145 for six wickets with Siriwardana unbeaten on 50 and Dilruwan Perera on eight.

Left-hander Siriwardana, the only Lankan batsman to tackle the West Indies pace cum spin attack confidently reached his half century in style by hitting debutant left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican for a straight six, the second of the over.

At the break Siriwardana had hit five fours and two sixes in his 117 ball innings.

Sri Lanka lost the wickets of Dinesh Chandimal for 25 and Kusal Perera for 16 in the session.

Jerome Taylor claimed his second wicket of the innings when Chandimal played onto a delivery and Kusal Perera who survived a confident lbw appeal at six gave Warrican his maiden Test wicket when he hit back a full toss to the bowler.

The West Indies over rate was exceptionally slow and at the tea break they had bowled only 47 overs instead of the minimum of 60.

Scores: Sri Lanka 145-6 at tea (Dinesh Chandimal 25, Milinda Siriwardana 50 n.o., Jerome Taylor 2/27, Jason Holder 2/19) v West Indies.