LIVE Cricket Rating, West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Check, Day 3 at Antigua
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Day 2 report: Left hanging on 99 in a single day, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite accomplished his ninth Check century on Tuesday to put his workforce in a robust place at stumps on the second day of the second cricket Check in opposition to Sri Lanka.
Brathwaite wanted solely two balls initially of the day to succeed in his first century since July 2018. He labored the second ball from Suranga Lakmal to tremendous 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 Check historical past to be stranded on 99 in a single day and he maintained a streak as all 16 have been transformed into tons of. 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 shedding the toss. At stumps, Sri Lanka was 136-3, 218 runs behind.
Lahiru Thirimanne adopted his scores of 70 and 76 within the first Check with 55 which supplied solidity on the prime of the Sri Lanka order. Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva then batted by 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 attraction 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 aspect.
The umpire rejected Sri Lanka’s attraction 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 totally 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 position in encouraging the West Indies gamers late within the day.
“It’s been a reasonably docile wicket thus far so we’ve obtained to attempt to inspire ourselves,” Holder stated. “I took it upon myself to attempt to encourage the blokes and guarantee we saved going by the whole innings right now.
“It was a reasonably good effort from the bowlers thus far, not a wicket on which you’ll simply blast individuals out.”
Holder stated the match is carefully balanced after two days.
“It’s fairly even-stevens,” he stated. “We’ve obtained two set batsmen on the crease in the meanwhile. Our bowlers toiled very onerous, we’re nonetheless 60 overs in; possibly if we will seize one in all 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 attraction for lbw when he was 102. Sri Lanka’s attraction 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 supplied a delicate, lobbed catch to Vishwa Fernando and mid-off.
Brathwaite stepped up his scoring price, 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 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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