West Indies rock Lankan top order on gloomy day
Colombo, Sri Lanka - Bad light robbed the opening day of the second ERI Test at the R Premadasa Stadium of 62.4 overs of play as West Indies rocked the Sri Lankan top order to reduce them to 34 for 3.
By the time bad light stopped play Sri Lanka had made a recovery, adding another 50 runs without any further loss to be 84 for 3.
Kemar Roach removed the two openers – Tharanga Paranavitana for 16 and Tillakeratne Dilshan for 4 – to leave the home team staggering at 31 for 2.
Captain Darren Sammy who opened the bowling was miserly and captured the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene who was bowled for 2.
Roach has taken 2 wickets for 24 runs from 10 overs while Sammy’s 17 overs cost only 25 runs.
Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara – who had won the toss and opted to bat – partnered with Thilan Samaraweera to revive the innings with the 50 run fourth wicket stand after the early burst by the Windies. Samaraweera is on 26 from 69 balls with two boundaries and one maximum while Sangakkara is on 25 from 92 deliveries with two four.
The first Test ended in a draw at Galle after the Windies dominated Sri Lanka, owing in large measure to an epic 333 made by Chris Gayle.