West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Fernando, Thirimanne lead fightback as hosts take management on Day 3 of first Take a look at

West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Fernando, Thirimanne lead fightback as hosts take management on Day 3 of first Take a look at

Antigua and Barbuda: Oshada Fernando and Lahiru Thirimanne led a Sri Lankan fightback because the vacationers reached 255 for 4 of their second innings, a lead of 153, at shut of play on the third day of the primary Take a look at towards the West Indies in Antigua on Tuesday.

With the opposite Fernando within the crew, fast-medium bowler Visha, doing simply what was required within the taking the final two West Indies first innings wickets at the beginning of the day to dismiss the house facet for 271, it was the fluent middle-order batsman Oshada who starred with an innings of 91 in a 162-run second wicket partnership with Thirimanne.

Fernando, in simply his eighth Take a look at, got here to crease within the fifth over of the innings when his captain Dimuth Karunaratne, failed for the second time within the match, driving loosely at Kemar Roach to offer John Campbell an easy catch at third slip.

Oshada Fernando and Lahiru Thirimanne put up 162 runs together. AFP

Oshada Fernando and Lahiru Thirimanne put up 162 runs collectively. AFP

The 28-year-old Fernando was given a life on 17 when he was dropped at leg-slip by Jason Holder off off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall however regarded assured all through his innings which spanned 149 deliveries and included 11 fours.

Fernando appeared destined for a second Take a look at hundred till West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite, in what was both a second of inspiration or desperation, introduced on Kyle Mayers as his seventh bowler of the innings.

The occasional medium-pacer met with immediate success as Fernando pushed at his first ball, a full-length supply simply outdoors off-stump, and edged a catch to wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva.

Mayers then eliminated Dinesh Chandimal in virtually an identical style two overs later.

When Roach returned for an additional spell and bowled the stubborn Thirimanne for 76 to observe his first innings prime rating of 70, Sri Lanka had been wobbling at 189 for 4.

Simply when the West Indies may need sensed an opportunity to comb away the remainder of the Sri Lankan batting, Dhananjaya de Silva and debutant Pathum Nissanka featured in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 66 and can resume on the fourth morning searching for to increase their total lead past 250 to offer themselves a combating likelihood of pulling off a come-from-behind victory.

“I believe it is a good batting pitch as a result of it has flattened out properly,” stated Mayers in assessing the day’s toil, even together with his double-strike.

“They’d the higher hand right this moment however the recreation continues to be evenly poised.

“We simply want to choose up two early wickets (on the fourth day) and issues can look very in a different way.”

Earlier, West Indian hopes of extending their 99-run in a single day lead ended within the second over of the day when Vishwa Fernando bowled Cornwall for a prime rating of 61 after which trapped final man Shannon Gabriel leg-before with out scoring.

Suranga Lakmal missed out the tail however ended with career-best Take a look at innings figures of 5 for 47, an enchancment on the fast-medium bowler’s earlier finest of 5 for 54 towards New Zealand within the Boxing Day Take a look at in Christchurch in 2018.

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