What seemed a relatively routine task of batting well to surpass Sri Lanka’s modest first-day, first innings total of 200 has proved to be nightmarish for the touring West Indies and now they are 38 runs short and with their last wicket pair battling to get closer to the Sri Lankan mark.
Assured that they had done a fine bowling and fielding task in dismissing their first Test conquerors for a score nowhere near the 484 they made in their one innings in the first – after they were 250 for 2 at one stage, the West Indies team has faltered with only opener Kraigg Braithwaite who was four not out overnight, going on to make 47.
Resuming at 17 for one with pacer Dhamika Prasad making the overnight breakthrough for the home team, West Indies look likely to fall short of their target as nightwatchman DEvendra Bishoo made 13, Darren Bravo 2, Marlon Samuels 13, Jermaine Blackwood 16, Denesh Ramdin 14, captain Jason Holder 21 and Kemar Roach 17.
But the pacer Prasad with four wickets, offspinner Dilruwan Perera with three and slow leftarmers Milinda Siri-wardana with two and the more accomplished Rangana Herath with one struck repeatedly to peg back the West Indies who must still fancy their chances of a first-ever Test match win in Sri Lanka if they can bowl the homesters out cheaply a secpond time.
LATEST WEst INDIES ALL OUT for 163, 27 runs in arreras