Windies in full control at lunch on Day 4

Galle, Sri Lanka – West Indies continued to have the upperhand against Sri Lanka on the fourth morning of the 1st ERI Test match at the Galle International Stadium, in this southern coastal town. Some disciplined bowling and superb fielding saw the Windies take three wickets in the extended session as the home side went to the break on 264-6. They are replying to 580-9 declared, of which Chris Gayle made a monumental 333.

Early in the morning Kemar Roach (2-58) had the dangerous Mahela Jayawardena caught behind by Carlton Baugh for 59. Then an excellent bit of work from the livewire Dwayne Bravo resulted in the run out of Thilan Samaraweera at the non-striker’s end for 52.

The ball was pitched up and Angelo Mathews drove it down the pitch. Bravo, being alert, stuck out his right boot on his follow through and managed to get a touch with the bottom of his shoe. It was the perfect touch – the ball did not change its path and crashed into the the stumps. Samaraweera was caught out of his ground and immediately walked off.

Shortly before lunch captain Darren Sammy reintroduced off-spinner Shane Shillingford and the move paid off as Mathews was caught at backward short-leg by Sammy for 27.