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Regular strikes help Windies close in on 1-0 lead



Roston Chase picked up two wickets in an over to hasten Sri Lanka's slide.

Roston Chase picked up two wickets in an over to hasten Sri Lanka’s slide. © AFP

Sri Lanka had the chance to re-write the historical past books. In a chase of 453, they have been 277 away earlier than Day five were given underway with Kusal Mendis taking a look just right for a large rating. Close to a yr again, that they had overhauled a goal of 388 towards Zimbabwe, scoring 221 runs on the overall day to win with a consultation to spare. Even even though chasing down 277 runs on the overall day was once past them taking into account a Queens Park Oval pitch with variable soar, that they had the new Test sequence towards India to replicate on – they have been 31 for three on the finish of Day four in a chase of 410 and had controlled to attract the sport in Delhi, having previous drawn the fit in Kolkata as smartly.

However, neither of the ones ideas can be any place close to Sri Lanka’s thoughts on the finish of the primary consultation on Day five. Having misplaced Mendis and Lahiru Gamage on all sides of the beverages wreck, the guests have been staring down the barrel with Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella falling simply earlier than Lunch. The spinners accounted for 3 of the 4 wickets to fall in the consultation as they helped Windies close in on a 1-0 lead by means of lowering Sri Lanka to 222 for 7 on the wreck.

When Mendis introduced up his 5th Test ton in the 3rd over of the morning, with a boundary to the leg-side, the standard elevating of the bat and the helmet adopted however there wasn’t any over-the-top birthday party. He knew that there was once quite a few paintings left and went about it by means of showcasing forged defence and astute judgement towards the pacers who have been taking a look to make use of the inconsistent soar from the pitch to their benefit. However, there was once one supply from Shannon Gabriel, the fastest bowler for Windies in this recreation, which took off from a just right period and clipped the glove of the centurion who did not relatively have the solution to what seemed like an unplayable supply.

Chandimal walked to the crease, having retired unwell the day prior to this with signs of a warmth stroke, and he was once supported by means of nightwatchman Gamage as they negotiated the following 8 overs with none harm. But the 5th wicket for Sri Lanka adopted quickly after, as Gamage was once trapped in entrance by means of a directly one from Devendra Bishoo and value Sri Lanka a evaluate in the method. The subsequent guy in, Dickwella, was once flirting with the outside-off traces hired by means of Kemar Roach, managing a boundary via duvet, edging one previous the slip cordon for a 4 earlier than one went previous the threshold – or no less than Windies idea in order they did not attraction. Replays later printed that there was once some bat.

With the second one new ball due after a couple of overs, Chase bowled in tandem with Bishoo, with the offspinner more than likely being presented to temporarily get in the course of the overs and make allowance the hosts to function with the brand new ball for an over or two earlier than the wreck. However, the pacers were not required in any respect. Chase struck two times in an over – first it was once skipper Chandimal, whose try to cross aerial fell flat on his face and Dickwella adopted quickly after, enjoying down the unsuitable line to be out leg-before – as Sri Lanka hurtled in opposition to defeat.

Brief ratings: Windies 414/eight decl. & 223/7 decl. lead Sri Lanka 185 & 222/7 (Kusal Mendis 104; Roston Chase 2-14, Devendra Bishoo 2-45, Shannon Gabriel 2-52) by means of 230 runs.

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