Lucky Silva returns to hurt Windies A
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Two costly drop catches by West Indies A allowed Sri Lanka A middle-order batsman, Kaushal Silva, to stroke an unbeaten century on Day 1 of the second and final 'Test'.
For the second time in the series, Sri Lanka A Captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, won the toss and elected to bat first. The pitch looked to have no demons in it as both Karunaratne and Udara Jayasundara got the innings off a slow, but solid start.
With 29 runs on the board though, Barbadian pacer, Miguel Cummins got the early breakthrough the West Indies A team so badly wanted. After being dropped two deliveries earlier by Kirk Edwards at short mid-wicket, pulling, Jayasundara edged Cummins' 4th delivery of the over to Leon Johnson at second slip. He made 4 runs from 48 balls.
Just four runs later, Karunaratne gave his wicket away, chasing after a wide delivery from Jonathan Carter when on 24. After coming on as first change, Carter created many problems for the left-handers, three times getting the edge of the left-handed Karunaratne which all went for 4.
Just before Lunch, things would get a little bit spicier at Arnos Vale, as Kithruwan Vithanage edged Carter through to wicket-keeper, Chadwick Walton to leave Sri Lanka A reeling at 52-3. Kaushal Silva and Angelo Perera guided the visitors to Lunch on 81-3. Silva had an early life as Kraigg Brathwaite floored a gift offered by him to third slip when he was 5.
Awkwardly placed at the break, both Silva and Perera fought back in the second session to ensure Sri Lanka A drew back on level terms. Both batsmen played an array shots as they both crossed their half-centuries in the second session.
However, upon getting to 50, Perera attempted a sweep off Nikita Miller a mere ten minutes before Tea, only managing a top-edge that Walton would run around and easily take.
But Silva solidered on at the other end. He offered another chance when he was 63. This time, he came down the track to Veerasammy Permaul, hitting the ball very hard straight back to the bowler. Permaul got his hands to it but couldn't hold on.
Thereafter, he put on fruitful partnerships with Ashan Priyanjan (20) and Chathuranga De Silva (33). In the middle of the last session, Silva brought up his century. He ended Day 1 on 115*, having struck 14 fours in his innings. With him on 3 is Kaushal.
Jonathan Carter was West Indies A's best bowler with figures of 10-1-51-2.
SRI LANKA A 268 for six ( Silva 113 vs WEST INDIES A )