Dropped catches spoil WI day
GALLE, Sri Lanka – Interim West Indies head coach Eldine Baptiste yesterday praised his bowlers for their commitment on a slow track but said dropped catches had put a blemish on the performance, on the opening day of the first Test.
Asked to field first, the Caribbean side’s bowlers toiled with little success as Sri Lanka piled up 250 for two, behind opener Dimuth Karunaratne’s unbeaten 135 and Dinesh Chandimal’s 72 not out.
“They (bowlers) put the hard work in and bowled brilliantly in the circumstances. It’s just that they [fielders] droppeda few catches which we would have liked to have caught and that would have made a big difference,” Baptiste told a post-match media conference.
“The score could have been 220 for five and instead it is 250 for two. So we’ve just got to go home, recover and come back tomorrow and get the ball in the same areas and hopefully make sure we take our catches.”
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