The lack of Chandimal and de Silva considerably dented Sri Lanka’s probability of creating a first-innings lead
Lunch Sri Lanka 189 for five (Thirimanne 55, Roach 1-54, Gabriel 1-33) path West Indies 354 (Brathwaite 126, Cornwall 73, Lakmal 4-94) by 165 runs
Sri Lanka made additional sluggish progress on a sluggish pitch, however the lack of each in a single day batsmen – Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva – considerably dented their probability of creating a first-innings lead. The guests received to 189 for five – nonetheless 165 runs behind – earlier than showers minimize the primary session quick 10 minutes earlier than scheduled lunch. On the crease have been Pathum Nissanka on 19 off 55, and Niroshan Dickwella on 9 off 10 deliveries.
Of the 2 wickets to fall, that of de Silva will harm Sri Lanka most. Not solely did he appear assured – if reticent – towards West Indies’ bowling, he additionally shouldn’t have been given lbw towards the part-time offspin of Jermaine Blackwood, the over earlier than the second new ball was due. He was batting on 39 off 139 balls when Blackwood spun one into his entrance pad. Though he was hit in entrance of center stump, the ball at all times gave the impression to be turning sharply. He did not even take into account a overview; projections confirmed that the ball can be turning previous leg stump.
Earlier within the session, Dinesh Chandimal had been worn down by the quick ball, and hooked Shannon Gabriel to deep sq. leg to be dismissed on 44 off 101 deliveries. He had already been dropped off Gabriel, on 35, a number of overs earlier. The bouncer that dismissed him, although, was actually the primary that adopted him and leapt as much as chest peak. He hooked, and despatched it off the highest half of the bat to the deep fielder, who took a cushty catch operating in. Chandimal and de Silva had put up Sri Lanka’s most efficient partnership earlier than this wicket although – their stand price 75 off 186 deliveries.
Nissanka, recent from his debut hundred within the second innings of the primary Take a look at, appeared largely untroubled by means of his keep, although he did as soon as inside-edge Kyle Mayers into his again leg trying a minimize. As he and Dickwella are the final recognised batting pair left, Sri Lanka will hope desperately that they’ll put up a considerable stand (as they’d in that first Take a look at), if they’re to have an opportunity of hauling West Indies’ 354 in.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf