Roach and Sammy strike before tea

Colombo, Sri Lanka – West Indies opening bowlers Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy were brilliant in the first session of play as the West Indies captured three Sri Lankan wickets on the opening day of the 2nd ERI Test match at the R Premadasa International Stadium on Tuesday. At tea the home side reached 83-3. Roach has so far taken 2-24 – T.M. Dilshan bowled and Tharanga Paranavitana well caught at second slip by Dwayne Bravo. Sammy has 1-25 from 17 consecutive overs. He took the key wicket of Mahela Jayawardena – bowled through the gate from a ball that cut back.

At the break skipper Kumar Sangakkara was on 25, and Thilan Samaraweera 23. They have so far added 47 for the fourth wicket. The start of the match was delayed until 12.30 pm due to a wet outfield after heavy overnight rain. Sri Lanka made three changes to their line-up, with Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, and debutant Suranga Lakmal replacing Thilan Mirando Thushara, Suraj Randiv, and Dammika Prasad.

West Indies made one change bringing in left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn to replace fast bowling allrounder Andre Russell.