Windies A eye win after dom­i­nat­ing third day

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

PALLEKELE, (CMC): ff-spin­ner Rah­keem Corn­wall snatched a five-wicket haul and Test opener Rajendra Chan­drika and wick­et­keeper Jah­mar Hamil­ton lashed their se­cond half-cen­turies of the game, as West Indies A pro­duced a telling per­for­mance to put Sri Lanka A on the ropes on the penul­ti­mate day of the se­cond four-day ‘Test’ here yes­ter­day.

OSri Lanka

At the close, Sri Lanka A were strug­gling on 36 for two in pur­suit of 481 for vic­tory at the Pallekele In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium – still re­quir­ing an im­prob­a­ble 445 runs on to­day’s fi­nal day to win the con­test.

Ear­lier, re­sum­ing on 128 for four, they were bun­dled out for 245 in their first in­nings as Corn­wall ripped through the in­nings to fin­ish with six for 91.

Wick­et­keeper Niroshan Dick­wella top-scored with 88, cap­tain Dimuth Karunaratne got 68, while Asela Gu­naratne chipped in with a vi­tal 46; but the hosts lost their last five wick­ets for just 25 runs in a swift col­lapse, about 25 min­utes after lunch.

WINDIES AT­TACK

Yet again, Corn­wall spear­headed the Windies at­tack, tak­ing four of the last five wick­ets to col­lect his se­cond five-wicket haul fol­low­ing on from his eight-wicket in­nings haul in the open­ing ‘Test’ in Colombo.

With a healthy first-in­nings lead of 264, West Indies A then raced to 216 for three de­clared, with Chan­drika stroking 68 and Hamil­ton a whirl­wind, un­beaten 56 off just 30 de­liv­er­ies.

Cap­tain Shamarh Brooks also gath­ered an up­tempo, un­beaten 53 off 63 balls, while Shim­ron Het­myer chipped in with 28.

Left-han­der Kieran Pow­ell fell cheaply for two with the West Indies A bats­man Rajendra Chan­drika on the go whirl­wind un­bea­t­en­dur­ing the se­cond four-day ‘Test’ match be­tween West Indies A and Sri Lanka A at Pallekele In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium in Kandy yes­ter­day. score on four in the fourth over After the break, Chan­drika of the in­nings, but three suc­ces­sive added a fur­ther 67 for the third half-cen­tury part­ner­ships wicket with Brooks, as West put the vis­i­tors in com­mand. Indies A con­trolled the fi­nal

The right-handed Chan­drika ses­sion. put on 65 for the se­cond wicket

All told, Chan­drika struck with Het­myer, who carved out five fours in a busy 37-ball five fours and a six off 110 knock be­fore fall­ing on the de­liv­er­ies, while Brooks ham­mered stroke of tea, lbw to leg-spin­ner three fours and two sixes Jef­frey Van­der­say. in an en­ter­pris­ing knock.

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