West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Brathwaite completes ton earlier than Thirimanne’s fifty guides guests to 136/3 at stumps

West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Brathwaite completes ton earlier than Thirimanne’s fifty guides guests to 136/3 at stumps

Antigua and Barbuda: Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was final out within the West Indies’ first innings of 354 earlier than the guests rallied behind Lahiru Thirimanne’s third consecutive half-century to achieve 136 for 3 at stumps on the second day of the second and closing Check in Antigua on Tuesday.

After scores of 70 and 76 within the drawn first Check, Thirimanne’s run of excellent scores – going again to the collection in South Africa final December – continued with one other composed innings of 55.

Nonetheless, his dismissal to Kemar Roach within the day’s closing session necessitated consolidation which the unbroken fourth-wicket pair of Dinesh Chandimal (34 not out) and Dhananjaya de Silva (23 not out) offered on an more and more placid floor with an unbroken stand of 59.

Earlier, Brathwaite prolonged his occupation of the crease to eight-and-a-half hours which introduced him 126 off 311 deliveries with 13 fours, a ninth Check century by which he fulfilled the position of anchor of the innings.

His reverse quantity Dimuth Karunaratne, against this, survived 16 balls earlier than an edged drive off quick bowler Alzarri Joseph produced a surprising diving catch at third slip by Nkrumah Bonner to ship the left-hander again to the pavilion for only one when Sri Lanka began their reply instantly after lunch.

As within the first Check per week earlier on the identical venue, occasional seamer Kyle Mayers accounted for Oshada Fernando and when Roach bowled Thirimanne by way of the gate, the innings was at a crossroads at 77 for 3.

“I believe it is about even-steven at this stage,” mentioned former West Indies captain Jason Holder.

“This can be a fairly good batting wicket. You need to be actually affected person. Perhaps if we are able to seize one or two extra wickets early tomorrow earlier than the brand new ball turns into due, we are able to put them below higher strain.”

Lakmal impresses

Suranga Lakmal once more led the Sri Lankan bowling effort with figures of 4 for 94 off 28 overs because the West Indies batted by way of the morning session after resuming on 287 for seven.

It was Lakmal, the skilled fast-medium bowler, who lastly broke by way of for an more and more pissed off Sri Lankan workforce midway by way of the morning session when he terminated a 103-run eighth-wicket partnership between Brathwaite and Rahkeem Cornwall.

Very a lot the aggressor for the two-and-a-half hours of their time within the center, Cornwall went previous his earlier greatest in Exams – 61 within the first innings of the primary Check only a week earlier.

However he miscued a heave to the on-side and supplied a easy catch to Vishwa Fernando at mid-on.

His 73 got here off 92 balls and was embellished by 10 fours and one six.

Brathwaite, who resumed on 99 in a single day and went to a few figures by turning the third ball of the morning from Lakmal to superb leg, by no means eased out of first gear, even with the demise of Cornwall.

He finally stroked two extra boundaries so as to add to his tally of 11 from day one however then noticed the dismissal of Kemar Roach off Dushmantha Chameera, giving wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella his fifth catch of the innings.

Joined by final man Shannon Gabriel, somebody with no pretensions to batsmanship, it appeared nearly inevitable that Brathwaite would full the uncommon feat of carrying his bat by way of a accomplished Check innings twice, having executed so beforehand in opposition to Pakistan in Sharjah in 2016.

Nevertheless it was the house captain who perished, enjoying on to offer Chameera a 3rd wicket of the innings.

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