Holder leads Windies attack with fiver
NORTH SOUND – Jason Holder erased the disappointment of losing the captain’s label and led the West Indies demolition of the Sri Lanka batting in the first Test in Antigua.
Holder ended with five for 27 from 17.4 overs and the Sri Lankans, sent in to bat, were bowled out for 169 in their first innings about 40 minutes before the scheduled close on the first day of the match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
It was the eighth time that Holder has taken five wickets or more in a Test and underlined his value to the side, especially now that he has been released from the burden of captaincy.
Fellow pacer Kemar Roach supported with three for 47 from 16 overs to give Kraigg Brathwaite a memorable start to the new era of the Windies Test side under his full-time captaincy.
New full-time West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite, not out on two, and fellow opener John Campbell, not out on seven, then circumspectly batted through 13 overs in close to an hour with few or no alarms to carry the hosts to 13 without loss when stumps were drawn.
Earlier, there was little resistance to the home team’s attack outside of opener Lahiru Thirimanne, whose 70 was the top score, and fellow left-hander Niroshan Dickwella with 32.
West Indies reduced Sri Lanka to 54 for three at lunch and had them on the rope on 92 for five in the middle of the afternoon session.
But the Windies met defiance when Thirimanne and Dickwella added 58 for the sixth wicket either side of tea in the most productive stand of the innings for the visitors.
Once Holder had Dickwella caught at first slip in the eighth over after tea, the floodgates opened, and West Indies grabbed the last five Sri Lankan wickets for 19 in 58 balls.
SRI LANKA 169 (Lahiru Thirimanne 70, Niroshan Dickwella 32, Dhananjaya 13, Dimuth Karunaratne 12; Jason Holder 17.4-6-27-5, Kemar Roach 3-47).
WEST INDIES 13 without loss.