West Indies lost one wicket and closed the first day of the series-ending second Test with hosts Sri Lanka 183 runs in arrears of the home team’s 200 all out score.
Shay Hope was the opener out for four leaving fellow Barbadian Kraigg Braithwaite ad nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo to resume West Indies go for a first innings lead and continuing command of the match at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.
The day was largely a dominant one for the Windies who introduced 23-year-old Barbados left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican for his Test debut in place of Trinidadian pacer Shannon Gabriel who did not have a good match in the tourists’ innings and six-run first Test defeat.
Warrican responded with four wickets in his debt and completed a useful bowling performance by his teammates as pacers Jerome Taylor and capatin Jason Holder scalped two apiece
, the other paceman Kemar Roach had one and the other spinner Devendra Bishoo one as well.
The Sri Lankan innings was a far cry from their solitary 484 they made in winning the first Test.They had also ended the opening day at 250 for 2.
They won the toss and hose to bat first again but it was a rejuvenated WEst Indies bowling attack extracting pace and bounce from the grassy surface that made captain Angelo Matthews’s bat-first decision regrettable.
Windies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin who was stripped of the captaincy before the tour inched to a milestone 200 catches as he took three to go to 199 in his 71st Test match. He also had one stumping.