Sri Lanka leads West Indies by 202 at lunch

 24 Oct 2015 - 11:08

Sri Lanka leads West Indies by 202 at lunch
Sri Lanka's Milinda Siriwardana (L) hits a six next to West Indies' wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin during the third day of their second test cricket match in Colombo October 24, 2015.

 

COLOMBO: Milinda Siriwardana and captain Angelo Mathews steadied Sri Lanka with the first 50 plus partnership to take lunch at 165-6 on day three of the second Test in Colombo Saturday.

Sri Lanka were 202 runs ahead of the West Indies after scoring 200 in the first innings and getting the tourists bowled out for 163 on Friday.

The West Indies struck a double blow to Sri Lanka by dismissing the overnight batsmen Kaushal Silva and Dinesh Chandimal with the score at 84, after play resumed Saturday at 77-2.

Silva was well caught low down at first slip by Jermaine Blackwood off Jomel Warrican for 32.

Chandimal was held by wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin leaping to his left off Jerome Taylor's delivery which nipped back in from outside off stump for 12.

With two wickets in three balls and just 121 in the lead, the West Indies seemed to take control.

Siriwardana had other ideas by carrying the attack to the bowlers. He lifted both Warrican and the other spinner Devendra Bishoo down the ground for sixes as he was gaining confidence.

He surprisingly fell to an occasional off spin by Kraigg Brathwaite by edging a perfect leg cutter to Blackwood at slip for 42. The fifth wicket stand with Mathews yielded 67 runs.

At the stroke of lunch, Kusal Janith Perera became Brathwaite's second wicket, edging an attempted cut off a short ball behind to Ramdin for 5.

Brathwaite had the best bowling figures of 2 for 6 while Taylor had 2 for 26 and Warrican 2 for 57.

West Indies need to win the second Test if they are to level the two-match series after Sri Lanka won the first game at Galle by an innings. West Indies are playing their 11th Test in Sri Lanka, but are yet to win a single.

AFP