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Sri Lanka 54-3 at lunch against Windies in first Test


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Sri Lanka 54-3 at lunch against Windies in first Test
Rahkeem Cornwall made the breakthrough for West Indies. (FP)

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NORTH SOUND – Jason Holder struck in the final over before lunch and West Indies finished the morning period strongly after a slow start against Sri Lanka in the first Test.

At the interval, the Sri Lankans, sent in to bat, were 54 for three in their first innings with left-handed opener Lahiru Thirimanne not out on 30 on the first day of the Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Holder, the deposed Windies Test captain, added to the visitors’ headaches, when he had Dinesh Chandimal caught behind for four to highlight the strong finish to the period for the home team.

The new ball pair of Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel were wicketless in their opening spells in the first half-hour and this prompted new full-time West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite into a strategic move.

He defied conventional wisdom and brought off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall into the attack after seven overs.

Brathwaite was rewarded for his enterprise, when Cornwall, playing a Test on home soil for the first time, had Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne caught at short leg for 12, trying to glance a delivery to fine leg.

In the previous over from Roach, the Windies had a chance to remove Karunaratne on 11, but Jermaine Blackwood at backward point failed to hold onto a high chance.

The home team probably breathed a collective sigh of relief when Cornwall removed the Sri Lankan skipper.

Brathwaite got further into the thick of things, when he ran out Oshada Fernando for four with a direct hit running around from cover five overs later.

Summarised scores:

SRI LANKA 54 for three (Lahiru Thirimanne 30 not out, Dimuth Karunaratne 12) vs WEST INDIES.

(AR)