Darren Bravo and Smith put West Indes on course with century stand
Kandy, Sri Lanka – Darren Bravo played a number of delightful shots in an unbeaten 63, his third Test match half-century, to brighten the rain-hit first day of the 3rd ERI Test at Pallekele Stadium on Wednesday.
The left-hander has so far hit nine boundaries as the West Indies ended the day on 134-2 from 40 overs as more than half the day’s play was lost to bad light and rain. In his three previous Test innings so far Bravo scored 58, 80, and 0 not out. The 21-year-old came to the crease to face the second ball after Chris Gayle was LBW off the first ball of the match.
Play was delayed by over two hours due to overnight rain and the home side won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first.
Bravo put on 115 with Devon Smith who scored 55 off 100 balls with seven fours on his return to the Test after more than a year. Smith was eventually LBW to Ajantha Mendis. Shiv Chanderpaul replaced Smith and was 11 not out when bad light ended play 45 minutes before the scheduled close.
West Indies made two changes from the last Test at R Premadasa Stadium with Smith and fast bowler Nelon Pascal replacing Adrian Barath, who was ill, and Shane Shillingford. Sri Lanka made one change with Dilhara Fernando replacing the injured Nuwan Kulsekara