Sri Lanka strike back in rain-hit Test

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

PALLEKELE: Sri Lanka grabbed two wick­ets off suc­ces­sive overs to re­store bal­ance in the third and fi­nal Test against the West Indies on Thurs­day.

The West Indies were strongly placed at 241-3 be­fore slip­ping to 244-5 in their first in­nings at stumps on a rain-hit sec­ond day.

Bren­dan Nash, who sur­vived a run-out chance on 32, was un­beaten on 62 and Carl­ton Baugh had yet to open his ac­count as only 41 overs were bowled in the day due to rain.

The West Indies lost wellset Shiv­nar­ine Chan­der­paul (54) and Dwayne Bravo for a duck in the af­ter­noon ses­sion, with spin­ners Ran­gana Herath and Ajantha Mendis tak­ing one wicket apiece.

The West Indies dom­i­nated the ex­tended morn­ing ses­sion as Nash and Chan­der­paul ap­plied them­selves well af­ter the early dis­missal of overnight bats­man Dar­ren Bravo (68).

The pair put on 99 for the fourth wicket be­fore the Sri Lankan spin­ners struck in quick suc­ces­sion.

Chan­der­paul fell soon af­ter he com­pleted his first half-cen­tury of the se­ries, sweep­ing left-arm spin­ner Herath for a four in the open­ing over of the af­ter­noon ses­sion.

He was bril­liantly held by for­mer cap­tain Ma­hela Jayawar­dene, who took a low catch to his left at first slip off Mendis. He hit three fours in his pa­tient 145-ball knock.

Chan­der­paul sur­vived on 38 when he asked for a re­view of the de­ci­sion af­ter be­ing given out leg-be­fore while at­tempt­ing to re­verse-sweep Herath. He was then ruled not out af­ter TV re­plays showed the ball hit the gloves.

The West Indies suf­fered an­other blow in the af­ter­noon when Herath had Dwayne Bravo stumped by Prasanna Jayawar­dene. -Afp

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