Gibson backing West Indies to keep Sri Lanka bowlers at bay

Colombo, Sri Lanka – West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson is backing his batsmen to combat the Sri Lanka bowling attack when the 2nd ERI Test match continues on Friday. The Windies will resume on 165-5 – 222 behind the home side’s 387-9 declared on a good pitch at the R Premadasa Stadium. At the crease are Dwayne Bravo, on one, and keeper Carlton Baugh, on four.

“I am confident we can bat well and stay in this game. We lost a few wickets close to the close but we are still confident we have the players to do well. Our first priority is to avoid the follow-on. Carlton Baugh is just coming back into international cricket and there’s an opportunity for him to get some runs and spend some time in the middle as well. Dwayne Bravo is playing well and these two guys tomorrow will have to do a good job for us,” Gibson said after the third day ended early due to bad light.

“We still have two days left. We have played OK, all in all we are happy with where we are in the Test match. Every moment will be crucial in this game. We have to bat as long as possible and we will be depending on the guys to come to do the job for us.”

So far the top score has come from left-hander Darren Bravo, who made a high-quality 80 off 129 balls in three hours in his second Test innings to follow-up his 58 in the first Test at Galle. He fell moments before light was offered by the umpires, an hour after tea.

“He played fantastically well for us but a mistake close to the end cost him his wicket. It was a mature and well put together innings for a young guy playing only in his second Test match to play with that sort of authority. He’s going to be doing well for us in the future. He is only a young man in terms of international cricket and this is his second game. At the time he got out, the light had got bad and the umpires were contemplating coming off. Like I said to him, this is international cricket and he’s got to learn quickly,” Gibson said.

Play will resume at 9.45 am on Friday (12.15 am Eastern Caribbean Time/11.15 pm Thursday Jamaica Time).

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