Bat­ting col­lapse leaves Windies A star­ing at de­feat

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC): AHKEEM CORN­WALL se­cured ca­reer-best fig­ures, but West Indies A were slump­ing to­wards a heavy de­feat af­ter suf­fer­ing another dra­matic bat­ting col­lapse in the open­ing four-day Test against Sri Lanka A here yes­ter­day.

Trail­ing by 110 runs on first in­nings, the Caribbean side ended day three of the game at the Khet­tarama Sta­dium on 165 for nine – only 55 runs in front­head­ing into to­day’s fi­nal day.

Left-han­der Vishaul Singh top­scored again with 46, tail-en­der Gu­dakesh Motie-Kan­hai chipped in with 34, while cap­tain Shamarh Brooks got 28, but West Indies A strug­gled to put mean­ing­ful part­ner­ships to­gether.

They were un­der­mined by lef­t­arm

Rspin­ner Lak­shan San­dakan, who claimed three for 47 while seam­ers Asitha Fer­nando (2-16) and Asela Gu­naratne (2-30), along with off-spin­ner Charith Asalanka (2-27), all sup­ported with two wick­ets each.

West Indies A never re­ally re­cov­ered from los­ing left-han­der Kieran Pow­ell for a first-ball ‘duck’ to the sixth ball of the in­nings, bowled by Fer­nando, and they quickly tum­bled to 31 for three as opener Ra­jen­dra Chan­drika (5) and John Camp­bell (22) also fell cheaply.

For the sec­ond time in the game, Vishaul and Brooks came to­gether to re­pair the in­nings, this time putting on a cru­cial 44 for the fourth wicket.

Vishaul faced 111 de­liv­er­ies and struck five fours while Brooks failed to find the bound­ary in his 95-ball in­nings.

When Brooks was caught at the wicket off Gu­naratne, wick­et­keeper Jah­mar Hamil­ton (8) joined Vishaul to post a fur­ther 28 for the fifth wicket be­fore things fell apart.

FOUR QUICK WICK­ETS

Hamil­ton’s dis­missal – caught and bowled by Asalanka – trig­gered another slide as West Indies A lost four quick wick­ets for 29 runs to col­lapse to 132 for eight.

Only a 33-run, ninth-wicket stand be­tween Motie-Kan­hai and Keon Joseph (9 not out) saved the tourists from be­ing bowled out late in the day.

Motie-Kan­hai faced 69 de­liv­er­ies and counted four fours

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