Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: West Indies Make Early Inroads In 2nd Innings, Match Evenly Poised
Sri Lanka lost skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and batter Oshada Fernando to run-outs at the start of their second innings as the home team trailed by three runs vs West Indies in the ongoing second Test at Stumps on Day 3 in Galle.
Sri Lanka lost skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and batter Oshada Fernando to run-outs at the start of their second innings as the home team trailed by three runs vs West Indies in the ongoing second Test at Stumps on Day 3 in Galle. Earlier, West Indies were dismissed for 253 runs at the back of captain Kraigg Brathwaite's impressive innings of 72 runs as they went past Sri Lanka's score of 204. Opting to bat first after winning the toss on Monday, Sri Lanka got off to a good start on a rain-affected Day 1. Opener Pathum Nissanka scored 73 and was well supported by his fellow opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 42. However, after Karunaratne was dismissed with Sri Lanka's score at 106, the hosts continued to keep losing wickets. Veerasammy Permaul was the pick of the West Indies bowlers as he picked five wickets. Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0. (SCORECARD)
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We are back for Sri Lanka's second innings! The players of West Indies stride out to the middle. Dimuth Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka are at the crease! Veerasammy Permaul will start with the ball.
Right then. Sri Lanka have their work cut out for them as they need 49 to cut the deficit and they will look to come out and get past the lead number quickly. The Windies will want to start with a couple of wickets early on, so that the pressure will be on the hosts. Join us for Sri Lanka's second innings in a bit.
It was all about the spinners for the Lankans. They took their time to get the first two wickets and failed to extract a lot from the deck early on, but once the second wicket fell, they smelt blood and bowled with a lot of zest and hunger and it is due to their efforts that they are only behind by 49 runs and not a number around the 100-run mark. Ramesh Mendis was the architect for the Lankans as he ended with 6 snares to his name and was also very lethal in dismantling the middle order of the Windies. Lasith Embuldeniya and Praveen Jayawickrama supported Mendis well too from the other end and had 2 wickets each to their name.
That spells the end of West Indies' first innings and they have a decent lead of 49 runs to their name. They would have wanted to get some more runs to their lead but this is by no means a bad lead to have. The start was a really good one by the Windies as Jermaine Blackwood and Kraigg Brathwaite raised a 62-run stand and then, Kraigg Brathwaite and Nkrumah Bonner had a good stand of 75 runs too, but once this stand was broken, the wickets kept tumbling along and from a position of 137/1, they slipped to 208/8. Mayers and Veerasammy Permaul did well to add valuable runs to their lead too with their stand of 38 runs and in the end, the Windies will be content with their work in this innings.
OUT! CAUGHT! That is a terrific running catch from Chamika Karunaratne (sub). Tossed up nicely, around off. Jomel Warrican sees the flight and looks to hoick it but he gets a top edge and the ball loops up in the air over mid off. Chamika Karunaratne (sub) runs there from mid off, keeps his eyes on the ball and completes a really good catch. Ramesh Mendis picks up his sixth wicket and West Indies are bowled out for 253!
Flatter ball, down leg. Jomel Warrican clips it to square leg.
Floated, on the pads. Kyle Mayers misses his flick and it brushes his pad before going to short fine leg.
Tossed up, around off. Kyle Mayers blocks it out.
Flatter ball, on the pads. Kyle Mayers tucks it to deep mid-wicket bit does not take the single.
Fuller in length, outside off. Kyle Mayers looks to drive but it goes off the inner half towards the bowler.
Flatter ball, turning down leg. Kyle Mayers looks to pull but he misses.
Tossed up, around leg. Kyle Mayers skips down to heave it away but he misses and gets hit on his pad.
Flatter ball, spinning in sharply from middle. Jomel Warrican plays it with soft hands to the right of the short leg fielder.
Floated, around off. Jomel Warrican keeps it out.
On a length, around off. Jomel Warrican blocks it out.
Tossed up, around middle. Jomel Warrican defends it off the front foot but the ball hits him high on his bat and it pops up just wide of the short leg fielder.
Flatter ball, outside off. Kyle Mayers sits back and works it to cover for one.
FOUR! BANG! Tossed up, in the slot, around off. Mayers powers it past the bowler and the ball races away to the long off fence. West Indies bring up their 250!
On the pads and Kyle Mayers tucks it past square leg to collect a single. He keeps the strike for the next over!
Flatter ball, on leg. Kyle Mayers nudges it to square leg.