Highlights, West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Take a look at, Day 3 at Antigua: Guests lose eight wickets, path by 104 runs

Highlights, West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Take a look at, Day 3 at Antigua: Guests lose eight wickets, path by 104 runs

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Day 2 report: Left hanging on 99 in a single day, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite accomplished his ninth Take a look at century on Tuesday to put his staff in a powerful place at stumps on the second day of the second cricket Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka.

Kraigg Brathwaite was the 16th player in Test history to be stranded on 99 overnight and he maintained a streak as all 16 have been converted into hundreds. He has now scored nine of the last 10 centuries by a West Indies opener. AFP

Kraigg Brathwaite was the sixteenth participant in Take a look at historical past to be stranded on 99 in a single day and he maintained a streak as all 16 have been transformed into a whole lot. He has now scored 9 of the final 10 centuries by a West Indies opener. AFP

Brathwaite wanted solely two balls at first of the day to succeed in his first century since July 2018. He labored the second ball from Suranga Lakmal to high quality leg for a single to additionally full his first hundred as West Indies captain from 241 balls with 11 fours.

Brathwaite was the sixteenth participant in Take a look at historical past to be stranded on 99 in a single day and he maintained a streak as all 16 have been transformed into a whole lot. He has now scored 9 of the final 10 centuries by a West Indies opener.

Brathwaite’s 103-run eighth-wicket partnership with Rahkeem Cornwall helped the West Indies to 354 because it batted first after dropping the toss. At stumps, Sri Lanka was 136-3, 218 runs behind.

Lahiru Thirimanne adopted his scores of 70 and 76 within the first Take a look at with 55 which offered solidity on the high of the Sri Lanka order. Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva then batted by means of 25 overs in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership which was price 59 runs at stumps when Chandimal was 34 not out and de Silva 23.

De Silva survived a assured enchantment for caught behind off Cornwall’s bowling two balls earlier than stumps. He tried to tug a flighted supply and there was a transparent noise because the ball handed the bat down the leg facet.

The umpire rejected Sri Lanka’s enchantment for a catch behind and the West Indies known as for a evaluate. Replays confirmed a transparent spike because the ball handed the bat. However the tv umpire, matching completely different replay angles with the audio proof, dominated accurately that the sound didn’t come from the ball hitting the bat.

Jason Holder, who was changed by Brathwaite as captain, performed a significant function in encouraging the West Indies gamers late within the day.

“It’s been a fairly docile wicket to this point so we’ve bought to attempt to inspire ourselves,” Holder mentioned. “I took it upon myself to attempt to encourage the fellows and guarantee we saved going by means of your entire innings at this time.

“It was a fairly good effort from the bowlers to this point, not a wicket on which you’ll be able to simply blast individuals out.”

Holder mentioned the match is intently balanced after two days.

“It’s fairly even-stevens,” he mentioned. “We’ve bought two set batsmen on the crease in the intervening time. Our bowlers toiled very arduous, we’re nonetheless 60 overs in; perhaps if we are able to seize one in every of two extra wickets earlier than the second new ball then I imagine we’ll be just about within the sport.”

The day started with excessive anticipation of Brathwaite’s century and he didn’t maintain followers ready.

Cornwall, 43 not out in a single day, reached his half century with a 4 off Lakmal, from 64 balls with eight fours and a six.

Brathwaite survived a assured enchantment for lbw when he was 102. Sri Lanka’s enchantment was rejected. Replays confirmed the ball simply clipping leg stump.

The century partnership between Brathwaite and Cornwall got here from 185 balls with Cornwall contributing 72.

Cornwall had reached a brand new excessive rating, 73, when he mistimed a drive off Lakmal and offered a delicate, lobbed catch to Vishwa Fernando and mid-off.

Brathwaite stepped up his scoring charge, hitting Lakmal and Dushmantha Chameera to the boundaries at mid-off and mid-on within the subsequent two overs.

He loved a short stand with Kemar Roach who was out for 9, caught by Niroshan Dickwella off Chameera, giving the wicketkeeper his fifth catch of the innings.

Brathwaite batted by means of the West Indies innings and was the final man out at 354, dragging a ball from Chameera onto his stumps to finish his 514-minute keep on the crease.

With inputs from The Related Press

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