Het­myer misses cen­tury

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): SHIMRON HET­MYER fell ag­o­nis­ingly short of a hun­dred as he led a solid West Indies A re­ply on the sec­ond day of the fi­nal four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here yes­ter­day.

The Car­ib­bean side closed the day on 183 for four at the Ran­giri Dambulla In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium, with Het­myer top­scor­ing with an ag­gres­sive 94 and cap­tain Shamarh Brooks un­beaten on 43.

Sri Lanka A had ear­lier con­verted their overnight 272 for seven into 318 all out, as lef­t­arm seamer Delorn John­son helped pol­ish off the tail to fin­ish with four for 65.

Off-spin­ner Rah­keem Corn­wall claimed three for 93, while leg-spin­ner Damion Ja­cobs picked up two for 64.

Roshen Silva added just nine to his overnight 40, while num­ber 10 Ka­sun Madushanka slammed five fours in an eight-ball 20.

West Indies A were quickly in trou­ble, how­ever, when open­ers Ra­jen­dra Chan­drika (11) and left-han­der Kieran Pow­ell (8) de­parted cheaply to leave the vis­i­tors stum­bling on 35 for two.

THIRD WICKET STAND

Het­myer and Brooks then came to­gether to res­cue the in­nings in an en­ter­pris­ing 104run, third wicket stand.

The left-handed Het­myer was dom­i­nant through­out in a bet­ter than run-a-ball in­nings, carv­ing out 17 bound­aries off just 93 de­liv­er­ies.

Brooks, a right-han­der, has faced 79 de­liv­er­ies and struck five fours.

When Het­myer fell, the in­form Vishaul Singh joined Brooks to add a fur­ther 34 for the fourth wicket, be­fore per­ish­ing 15 min­utes be­fore the close for 15, lbw to seamer Lahiru Ga­m­age.

The three-game se­ries is tied 1-1 af­ter the hosts won the opener in Colombo by seven wick­ets and West Indies A pulled of a mas­sive 333-run vic­tory in the sec­ond con­test in Pallekele.

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