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Nissanka, Dickwella star for Sri Lanka as Windies chase 375-run goal

NORTH SOUND, Antigua (AFP) — Pathum Nissanka’s hundred on debut and Niroshan Dickwella’s pugnacious 96 solidified Sri Lanka’s excellent second innings rearguard with a complete of 476 that left the West Indies with the difficult victory goal of 375 on the fourth day of the primary Take a look at yesterday.

However their exceptional profitable chase of 395 on the final day of the primary Take a look at in opposition to Bangladesh in Chattogram six weeks earlier, the hosts face a frightening process at 34 for one in a single day heading into immediately’s closing day.

West Indies Captain Kraigg Brathwaite will resume in partnership with Nkrumah Bonner after Vishwa Fernando prised out John Campbell through a catch to a rueful wicketkeeper Dickwella.

Nissanka, who misplaced in a single day accomplice Dhananjaya de Silva within the first over of the morning, slowed to a crawl within the second session of the day however lastly reached the coveted century landmark simply earlier than tea to hitch Brendon Kuruppu who accomplished a double-century, Romesh Kaluwitharana and Thilan Samaraweera as the one Sri Lankans to attain a whole bunch on Take a look at debut.

Samaraweera was the final to realize the landmark earlier than Wednesday, getting to a few figures in his first Take a look at in opposition to India in Colombo in 2001.

“I wasn’t even conscious of any information or something like that. I simply wished to carry out for the group,” mentioned the 22-year-old Nissanka talking by means of an interpreter.

“Niroshan stored telling me for us to lengthen the innings for so long as attainable and get a giant complete to ensure the bowlers had sufficient runs to work with.”

Nissanka and Dickwella dominated the primary two periods of the day, placing on 179 for the sixth wicket and irritating a West Indies group that was quick operating out of concepts and doing little to assist their very own trigger.

Bonner dropped the only of catches at gully off fast-medium bowler Jason Holder when Dickwella was on 45.

He additionally loved a slice of luck, closing on the elusive century, when a half-hearted attraction by Alzarri Joseph for a catch to the wicketkeeper down the leg aspect was turned down by the presiding umpire.

Replays revealed that the batsman edged the ball, however the West Indies had no course for assessment having exhausted their tv referrals earlier within the day.

If it appeared then that Dickwella was destined for a maiden Take a look at hundred in his forty second match, his rising anticipation of the second got here to nothing as he was bowled by Kemar Roach taking part in a lazy shot at the beginning of the ultimate session.

He had been struck on the again of the helmet within the quick bowler’s earlier over when the ball rolled onto the stumps however didn’t dislodge the bails.

Nissanka had already departed for 103, compiled in 341 minutes off 252 balls, together with six fours, and the innings rapidly subsided within the rush for fast runs.

Roach and off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed three wickets every.

West Indian spirits had been lifted at the beginning of the day when de Silva, on reaching a good 50, was comprehensively bowled by Joseph working with the second new ball.

Nonetheless, the remainder of the day belonged to the Sri Lankans who nicely consider they will finish a run of 4 consecutive Take a look at match defeats on the ultimate day.

SRI LANKA 1st Innings 169
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 271
SRI LANKA 2nd Innings
(in a single day 255 for 4)
L Thirimanne b Roach 76
*D Karunaratne c Campbell b
Roach 3
O Fernando c wkp Da Silva b
Mayers 91
D Chandimal c wkp Da Silva b
Mayers 4
D de Silva b Joseph 50
P Nissanka c Roach b Cornwall
103
+N Dickwella b Roach 96
S Lakmal run out 8
D Chameera c Mayers b
Cornwall 6
L Embuldeniya c Holder b
Cornwall 10
V Fernando not out 0
Extras (b13, lb5, nb11) 29
TOTAL (all out, 149.5 overs) 476
Fall of wickets: 1-8
(Karunaratne), 2-170 (O
Fernando), 3-178 (Chandimal),
4-189 (Thirimanne), 5-259
(Dhananjaya), 6-438 (Nissanka),
7-460 (Dickwella), 8-462
(Lakmal), 9-476 (Embuldeniya),
10-476 (Chameera)
Bowling: Roach 27-3-74-3
(nb6), Gabriel 18-2-67-0, Holder
22-4-40-0 (nb1), Joseph 21-2-
83-1, Cornwall 42.5-4-137-3,
Brathwaite 9-1-30-0, Mayers
9-1-24-2 (nb3), Blackwood 1-0-
3-0
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (goal:
375 runs)
Ok Brathwaite not out 8
J Campbell c wkp Dickwella b V
Fernando 11
N Bonner not out 15
TOTAL (1 wkt, 20 overs) 34
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Campbell)
Bowling: Lakmal 7-4-4-0, V
Fernando 6-0-21-1, Embuldeniya
4-2-5-0, Chameera 2-1-4-0,
Dhananjaya 1-1-0-0
Place: West Indies require
341 runs for victory with 9
wickets intact.
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: G Brathwaite, J Wilson
TV Umpire: N Duguid

 

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