Big to­tal key to Windies’ chances

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

Ros­ton Chase of the West Indies bats dur­ing day four of the sec­ond Test be­tween Pak­istan and the West Indies at Zayed Cricket Sta­dium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emi­rates. DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): WEST INDIES A made a stut­ter­ing start to the open­ing un­of­fi­cial one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) against Sri Lanka A be­fore rain in­ter­vened to end play pre­ma­turely at the Ran­giri Dambulla In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium here yes­ter­day.

Opt­ing to bat first, the Caribbean side had reached 69 for two in the 13th over, with opener Kyle Hope un­beaten on 28 and An­dre Fletcher on seven. The game will be con­cluded on to­day’s re­serve day.

Head coach Graeme West rued the weather in­ter­rup­tion and said West Indies A would need to find their mo­men­tum again on what was a good bat­ting track, if they were to put Sri Lanka A un­der pres­sure.

“We got our­selves into a good po­si­tion with some pos­i­tive bat­ting, and we’ll cer­tainly need more of the same to­mor­row,” West said af­ter­wards.

“It looks a good wicket, (there’s) not much hap­pen­ing for the spin­ners and it’s pretty slow for the quicks, so we need to build around Kyle Hope and An­dre Fletcher ... and set some­thing up for some of the pos­i­tive play­ers to come later on in the in­nings and try and post some­thing that will put the Sri Lankans un­der pres­sure.

“They’ve cer­tainly got an ex­pe­ri­enced and pow­er­ful top six them­selves so we’ll cer­tainly need a big score to put them un­der pres­sure.”

The right-handed Hope put on 40 for the first wicket with Chad­wick Wal­ton, who made 16 from 12 balls with two fours and a six, be­fore fall­ing in the sixth over.

Hope, who has counted four bound­aries in a 39ball in­nings, then added a fur­ther 23 with left-han­der As­sad Fu­dadin, who scored 14 off 10 de­liv­er­ies with two fours and a six, be­fore per­ish­ing in the eighth over.

The game is the first of a three-match series against the hosts, with Ja­son Mo­hammed lead­ing the unit.

West Indies A, un­der the lead­er­ship of Shamarh Brooks, suf­fered a 2-1 de­feat in the three-match, four-day Test series, which ended last week. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ‘Y’ Speedos Swim Club 336 Tor­na­does Swim Club 301 St­ingray Swim Club 199 Mar­lins Swim Club 155 Blue Seal Swim Club 125 Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club 94 Blue Mar­lin Swim Club 32 Sail­fish Swim Academy 18 Dol­phins Swim Cubi 8 Roy­als Swim Club 5

– coach

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