Roach keeping it straight and fast

Colombo, Sri Lanka – West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach is working hard and the hard work is paying off. The 22-year-old bowled a superb new ball spell which rocked the Sri Lanka top order on the opening day of the 2nd ERI Test at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, on Tuesday. The home side closed the day on 84-3 off 37.2 overs on a day cut short by rain and bad light.

Roach shattered the stumps of T.M Dilshan for the second time in as many innings as the Windies made a great start after the home side won the toss and decided to bat. Roach also captured the wicket of the other opener Tharanga Paranavitana for 16 with a superb outswinger which the left-hander edged to Dwayne Bravo at second slip. Roach so far has 2-24 while at the other end, skipper Darren Sammy was equally impressive with 1-24 from 17 consecutive overs. He had Mahela Jayawardena bowled between bat and pad.

“I’m sticking to the basics and getting the results. The ball has been coming out really well so far this series. I have been doing a lot of work with the coach and I have been talking a lot with the captain and they have been giving me some very good advice. The pitch did a lot today, it is not a quick pitch but I was getting some extra bounce so I knew once I hit my ‘areas’ I would cause some problems. I got those two wickets and gave us a very good start,” Roach said.

For the second consecutive innings Roach shattered the stumps of Dilshan. “He seems to have a little problem with the ball when it’s straight and fast so I have been trying to exploit that weakness. In the first Test I got him bowled down with a full, straight ball and again it happened today. I am doing much more with the ball now and I’m working hard to get things right. I am the main fast bowler in the side at the moment so I have to accept that responsibility. It’s hard work here in Sri Lanka,” Roach said.

Play is due to start at 9.45 am on Wednesday (12.15 am Eastern Caribbean Time/11.15 pm Tuesday Jamaica Time). A minimum of 98 overs are scheduled for the day’s play.