Captain Kraigg Brathwaite topscored with a affected person half-century as he helped West Indies keep forward of Sri Lanka with a three-run lead, leaving the match evenly poised on the third day’s play within the second Take a look at in Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
Celebrating his twenty ninth birthday, Brathwaite made 72 because the guests took a first-innings lead of 49. Within the remaining session, West Indies had two unbelievable run-outs as they utilized strain on the house workforce’s batsman, on the primary full, rain-free day.
West Indies began the day at 69-1 and progressed to 145-2 at lunch. They batted nicely so as to add 76 runs within the morning session, shedding just one wicket towards Sri Lanka’s spin bowlers on a turning pitch.
In a single day batsman Nkrumah Bonner was dismissed leg-before by off-spinner Ramesh Mendis for 35, ending his 75-run partnership with Brathwaite for the second wicket.
Brathwaite was 62 on the interval, after positing his twenty third Take a look at half-century. He added 10 extra after the interval when he was bowled by Lasith Embuldeniya. Brathwaite confronted 185 balls and batted for near 4 and a half hours however his dismissal with the rating at 166-3 led to a collapse because the rating slipped to 208-8.
Left-hander Kyle Mayers then made 36 not out to steer a lower-order fightback as he added an important 38 for the ninth wicket with Veerasammy Permaul, who made 15.
The Sri Lanka spinners took all 10 wickets. Mendis, with 6-70, led a Sri Lankan fightback with a maiden five-wicket haul however the West Indies nonetheless led by three runs within the second innings.
“A primary-innings lead of round 50 runs on this floor is nice. We have now the opposition two (wickets) down with a small lead going into the fourth day. I don’t assume the pitch has any demons, it’s nonetheless spinning however a bit gradual, so it’s important to entry the situations and attempt to ‘get in’. Begin on this pith is sort of arduous so when you get in it’s important to maximize,” Mayers stated after the day’s play.
Captain Dimuth Karunartne (6) was run out by a superb direct hit from Mayers as he threw down the stumps on the non-striker’s finish. Oshada Fernando fell by an identical route as Jermaine Blackwood and keeper Joshua Da Silva mixed in a intelligent piece of labor.