By Sa’adi Thawfeeq
West Indies produced a disciplined bowling performance to dismiss Sri Lanka for 200 on the opening day of the second Test played at the P Sara Oval.
By stumps brought forward by bad light West Indies had replied with 17 for the loss of Shai Hope’s wicket for four.
Hope was trapped lbw by Dhammika Prasad
After Sri Lanka had decided to bat first on winning the toss on a pitch that afforded bounce and movement for the quick bowlers West Indies came up with a fine bowling effort from their unit go dismantle the Lankan batting.
Jerome Taylor set the tone for the day by dismissing Kaushal Silva for a first ball duck having him caught behind by Denesh Ramdin.
The rest of the bowlers followed suit to reduce Sri Lanka to 59-4 by lunch and it was only a plucky maiden Test half-century from Milinda Siriwardana that saw Sri Lanka to their final total.
Top of the bowling list was not the quicks but debutant Jomel Warrican who with his left-arm spin captured four wickets for 67.
The pitch still had a lot of life on it when West Indies batted and they will face a testing time tomorrow against the likes of Dhammika Prasad and Rangana Herath.
The passage of play throughout the day was very slow with West Indies far behind on their over rate.
The long times spent on reviewing decisions put to the third umpire also took its toll on the day. The absence of hot spot and snickometer meant endless replays which delayed the day’s proceedings.
SRI LANKA 1ST INNINGS
D Karunaratne lbw b Holder 13
K Silva c Ramdin b Taylor 0
K Mendis c Ramdin b Roach 13
D Chandimal b Taylor 25
A Mathews c Brathwaite b Holder 14
M Siriwardana c Taylor b Warrican 68
K Perera c and b Warrican 16
D Perera st Ramdin b Bishoo 5
R Herath not out 26
D Prasad c Ramdin b Warrican 7
N Pradeep lbw b Warrican 0
Extras (b-10, lb-3) 13
Total (all out, 66 overs) 200
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Silva), 2-34 (Karunaratne), 3-34 (Mendis), 4-59 (Mathews), 5-90 (Chandimal), 6-127 (K Perera), 7-149 (D Perera), 8-173 (Siriwardana), 9-200 (Prasad), 10-200 (Pradeep).
Bowling: Taylor 15-2-50-2, Roach 12-4-30-1, Holder 11-1-22-2, Warrican 20-2-67-4, Bishoo 8-0-18-1.
WEST INDIES 1ST INNINGS
K Brathwaite not out 4
S Hope lbw b Prasad 4
D Bishoo not out 5
Extras (lb-2, nb-1, w-1) 4
Total (one wicket at close, 5.2 overs) 17
Fall of wicket: 1-7 (Hope).
To bat: D Bravo, M Samuels, J Blackwood, D Ramdin, J Holder, K Roach, J Taylor, D Bishoo, J Warrican
Bowling: Prasad 3-0-9-1 (nb1, w1), Pradeep 1-0-5-0, Herath 1.2-0-1-0.
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