Sri Lanka seamer Suranga Lakmal took 5 wickets to tear by way of the West Indies center order however a fightback from all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall stored the hosts within the driving seat after the second day of the primary take a look at in North Sound, Antigua, on Monday.
REUTERS: Sri Lanka seamer Suranga Lakmal took 5 wickets to tear by way of the West Indies center order however a fightback from all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall stored the hosts within the driving seat after the second day of the primary take a look at in North Sound, Antigua, on Monday.
West Indies went to the shut on 268 for eight, a first-innings lead of 99 which might already be decisive on an abrasive floor that may get tougher to attain on.
Cornwall, who was born in Antigua, had his maiden take a look at half-century and was 60 not out having placed on a wonderful stand of 90 for the eighth wicket with the extra circumspect Joshua Da Silva, earlier than the latter was out simply earlier than the shut for 46 from 124 balls.
The hosts will hope to drive house their benefit after profitable the toss and sending Sri Lanka into bat. They dismissed the guests for 169 inside 70 overs on the opening day as seamer Jason Holder took 5-27 in his first take a look at look since being changed as West Indies captain.
West Indies have been in bother of their reply after beginning the day on 13 with out loss.
Lakmal (5-45) had skipper Kraigg Brathwaite caught by Dhananjaya de Silva at second slip for 3 with a ball that moved away from the right-hander, and repeated the trick to dismiss left-handed Kyle Mayers in the identical style after the latter had compiled a trendy 45.
Lakmal’s capability to get the ball to maneuver each methods was once more completely illustrated as Jermaine Blackwood was bowled by an in-swinger for 2, earlier than Holder received an inside edge and had his stumps rattled on 19.
When Alzarri Joseph was caught by Dinesh Chandimal at level attempting to drive the tall seamer, Lakmal accomplished his fourth five-wicket haul in assessments and had the house aspect reeling at 171 for seven, a lead of simply two runs.
However the burley Cornwall and Da Silva turned the tide of the take a look at once more as the previous took the assault to the bowlers and the latter proved the right foil in tiring the guests’ seamers on a sweltering day along with his strong defence.
West Indies are enjoying their first house take a look at in 18 months, whereas Sri Lanka need to reverse their latest poor kind within the five-day format that has seen them lose their final 4 assessments, two every to South Africa and England.
(Reporting by Nick Mentioned; enhancing by Clare Fallon)