West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Kraigg Brathwaite’s unbeaten 99 regular hosts as groups share honours on Day 1
Antigua and Barbuda: Kraigg Brathwaite batted by way of the day for an unbeaten 99 because the West Indies reached a decent 287 for seven at stumps on the opening day of the second and last Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka on the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Monday.
Personifying endurance and perseverance in a fashion so typical of the right-handed opening batsman, Brathwaite did all he may to defy a bowling assault wherein senior seamer Suranga Lakmal once more led the road.
Put in on a pitch which provided some help to the seam bowlers, Brathwaite’s gritty defiance was mandatory after Lakmal had claimed the early honours for the guests with two early wickets and added the scalp of the struggling Jermaine Blackwood within the afternoon session to finish the day with three for 71 from 20 overs.
With opening accomplice John Campbell gone together with first Take a look at century-maker Nkrumah Bonner throughout the house of some deliveries to Lakmal within the first hour, West Indies captain Brathwaite was content material to let the attacking Kyle Mayers have his manner in a third-wicket partnership of 71.
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The left-hander using his luck to 49 solely to fall within the first over of the afternoon to Vishwa Fernando.
Dhananjaya de Silva, fellow spinner Lasith Embuldeniya and Sri Lanka’s different seamer, Dushmantha Chameera, took a wicket every to then have the West Indies languishing at 222 for seven within the last session of the day.
Nonetheless Brathwaite discovered one other resolute accomplice in Rahkeem Cornwall, the burly off-spinner enhancing his claims to turning into a real all-rounder with an unbeaten 43 in a partnership which has realised 65 runs thus far for the eighth wicket.
Brathwaite’s innings has spanned six-and-a-half hours wherein he confronted 239 balls and struck 11 fours.
“Sri Lanka are a really disciplined bowling unit so for me it was about capitalising on the few unhealthy balls and taking my time, letting the ball come to me,” mentioned Brathwaite in reflecting on an effort which takes him to the verge of a primary Take a look at century for 19 matches.
“I feel we have now misplaced two wickets too many, however I’m nonetheless pleased with the place though the primary session on the second day shall be essential.”
Recent from career-best Take a look at innings figures of 5 for 47 per week earlier on the similar venue, Lakmal wasted no time in justifying the choice by his captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, to place the West Indies in.
Campbell fell to a simple catch by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella whereas Bonner, who defied the Sri Lankans for seven hours in compiling an unbeaten century to make sure a draw within the first Take a look at, fell with out scoring, taking part in on to the crafty fast-medium bowler.
Each groups are unchanged from the primary Take a look at the place the vacationers rallied from a 102-run first innings deficit to grab the initiative, just for the house facet to bat by way of the ultimate day to comfortably make sure the stalemate.
Sri Lanka are looking for a first-ever Take a look at sequence triumph within the Caribbean.
The West Indies are eager to comply with up their sequence success in Bangladesh in February with a house triumph forward of a prolonged worldwide break to accommodate the Indian Premier League.
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