Sri Lanka led the West Indies by 153 runs with six second innings wickets in hand by stumps on the third day of the primary cricket Test.
On a day of adjusting fortunes, Sri Lanka first wrapped up the West Indies first innings for 271, a lead of 102 over its personal first innings of 169. Sri Lanka then reached stumps at 255-4.
Lahiru Thirimanne and Oshada Fernando saved up Sri Lanka’s concerted combat again On Tuesday, batting the vacationers into a robust place at 170-1. Thirimanne made 76 to observe his 70 in Sri Lanka’s first innings and Fernando made 91 in a partnership of 162 for the second wicket from 301 balls.
Kyle Mayers then struck again for the West Indies, dismissing Fernando for his first wicket in assessments, then including the wicket of the out-of-form Dinesh Chandimal (4), each caught by wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva.
When Kemar Roach bowled Thirimanne, Sri Lanka was 189-4, 87 forward, after having misplaced three fast wickets for 19 runs.
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Dhananjaya de Silva and Pathum Nissanka then rallied Sri Lanka once more, placing on 66 in an unbroken fifth wicket partnership by stumps. De Silva was 46 and Nissanka 21 at shut of play.
Sri Lanka is working towards a robust place as a result of the West Indies, who gained the toss and bowled, face the duty of batting final on a carrying pitch on the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
“I think the wicket is a good one. It’s flattened out nicely,” Mayers mentioned.
“Obviously that they had the higher hand as we speak however the sport continues to be evenly poised.
“We’re still in the game. All we need is two early wickets tomorrow and then we’re in with a chance.”
Sri Lanka started the day by swiftly wrapping up the West Indies first innings, dismissing top-scorer Rahkeem Cornwall for 61.
The West Indies had early success with the brand new ball, eradicating Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (3) when Sri Lanka was 8 within the fifth over.
Thirimanne and Fernando then caught collectively for nearly 51 overs to erase the primary innings deficit and to bat Sri Lanka into a robust place. Fernando reached his second check half-century from 84 balls and Thirimanne his seventh from 123 balls.
Mayers started his first-class profession as a bowling allrounder however has bowled much less typically not too long ago after an ankle damage. He had bowled solely 16 overs in two assessments earlier than Tuesday when his 4 overs returned 2-10.
Kemar Roach has 2-28.