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Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne keep West Indies wicketless
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Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne keep West Indies wicketless

Lunch Sri Lanka 93 for 0 (Karunaratne 54*, Thirimanne 37*) and 258 (Thirimanne 55, Nissanka 51, Roach 3-58) need another 284 runs to beat West Indies 354 and 280 for 4 dec (Brathwaite 85, Holder 71*, Mayers 55, Lakmal 2-62)Dimuth Karunaratne hit his first half-century of the series, and Lahiru Thirimanne survived one dropped catch as he continued his excellent form, as Sri Lanka's openers went unscathed into lunch on the fifth day. The stability they have provided raised hopes of a draw, if not quite a Sri Lanka win - with the target of 377 still requiring a small miracle to get to.Except for the very occasional ball that misbehaved, this was still a decent surface to bat on. It is perhaps too slow to allow the kind of rapid run-scoring that might see Sri Lanka threaten the target. There a...
Brathwaite, Mayers notch fifties as West Indies' lead crosses 250
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Brathwaite, Mayers notch fifties as West Indies' lead crosses 250

ReportWest Indies lost two early wickets but are sitting comfortably in control of the match with a 269-run leadTea West Indies 173 for 3 (Brathwaite 60*, Mayers 55, Lakmal 1-13) and 354 (Brathwaite 126, Cornwall 73, Lakmal 4-94) lead Sri Lanka 258 (Thirimanne 55, Nissanka 51, Roach 3-58) by 269 runsWest Indies raised the tempo on the fourth afternoon, going at a rate of 3.71 across the 28 overs bowled since lunch, to stretch their lead to 269. What's more, while Kraigg Brathwaite backed up his century in the first innings with 60 not out, West Indies lost only the wicket of Kyle Mayers for 55 off 76 balls in this session, and still have seven wickets in hand. Given this, they have the option of batting even more aggressively in the evening, and a declaration does not seem out of the quest...
Rain forces early lunch after Gabriel, Blackwood put West Indies ahead
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Rain forces early lunch after Gabriel, Blackwood put West Indies ahead

ReportThe loss of Chandimal and de Silva substantially dented Sri Lanka's likelihood of establishing a first-innings leadLunch Sri Lanka 189 for 5 (Thirimanne 55, Roach 1-54, Gabriel 1-33) trail West Indies 354 (Brathwaite 126, Cornwall 73, Lakmal 4-94) by 165 runsSri Lanka made further slow progress on a sluggish pitch, but the loss of both overnight batsmen - Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva - substantially dented their likelihood of establishing a first-innings lead. The visitors got to 189 for 5 - still 165 runs behind - before showers cut the first session short 10 minutes before scheduled lunch. At the crease were Pathum Nissanka on 19 off 55, and Niroshan Dickwella on 9 off 10 deliveries.Of the two wickets to fall, that of de Silva will hurt Sri Lanka most. Not only did he s...
Brathwaite, Cornwall carry West Indies to 354
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Brathwaite, Cornwall carry West Indies to 354

ReportSuranga Lakmal took 4/94 but the captain's century and the allrounder's 73 kept the home team strongLunch: West Indies 354 (Brathwaite 126, Mayers 49, Cornwall 73, Lakmal 4-94, Chameera 3-69) v Sri LankaSri Lanka removed the three remaining West Indies wickets, but it took them all of the morning session, and cost them 67 further runs, as Kraigg Brathwaite moved to 126, and Rahkeem Cornwall also strode to his second half-century of the series, making 73 off 92.Although Sri Lanka had a ball that was only six overs old when they began the day, West Indies still saw out the first hour unscathed, and it was Cornwall that did most of the damage during this period, flicking, punching, driving and sometimes edging fortuitously - Sri Lanka now visibly frustrated that the eighth wicket had ta...
Sri Lanka opt to bowl; both sides unchanged in second Test
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Sri Lanka opt to bowl; both sides unchanged in second Test

ReportBoth teams have just one specialist slow bowler: Rahkeem Cornwall for West Indies and Lasith Embuldeniya for Sri LankaToss Sri Lanka chose to bowl against West IndiesSri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first on a track that captain Dimuth Karunaratne thought might still have a little bit of moisture in it to aid the seamers, but on which Kraigg Brathwaite was happy to bat first.This pitch, unlike the surface prepared for the first Test, had little live grass on it, which suggests it is starting out drier, and may be better for batting than the pitch for the first Test was, on days one and two at least. Curtly Ambrose believed that would be the case at the pitch report, in any case.But although it is also possible this track takes more turn at the back end of the Test, neither te...