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Sri Lanka 359-5 in their second innings at lunch


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Sri Lanka 359-5 in their second innings at lunch

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NORTH SOUND – West Indies had early success, but a century partnership between newcomer Pathum Nissanka and left-hander Niroshan Dickwella extended Sri Lanka’s lead to 257 before lunch in the first Test.

Pacer Alzarri Joseph grabbed the scalp of Dhananjay de Silva in the first over of the day, but Nissanka, not out on 74, and Dickwella, not out on 38, have carried the Sri Lankans to 359 for five in their second innings at the interval on the fourth day of the match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

The first over of the day was dramatic, after Joseph’s third delivery was flicked through square leg for four to carry de Silva to 50 from 79 balls before the pacer bowled the Sri Lanka batsman without addition to his score three balls later.

After this, the Windies failed to make any further headway with Nissanka dropping anchor and Dickwella playing the perfect foil in a stand of 100 – unbroken – for the sixth wicket.

West Indies created a few close shaves, but nothing went to hand and the two Sri Lanka batsmen grinded away with Nissanka reaching his 50 from 126 balls, when he cut Shannon Gabriel through backward point for his fifth boundary.

Summarised scores:

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) and 359 for five (Oshada Fernando 91, Lahiru Thirimanne 76, Pathum Nissanka 74 not out, Dhananjaya de Silva 50, Niroshan Dickwella 38; Kyle Mayers 2-17, Kemar Roach 2-45).

WEST INDIES 271 (Rahkeem Cornwall 61, Joshua da Silva 46, Kyle Mayers 45, John Campbell 42, Nkrumah Bonner 31, Jason Holder 19; Suranga Lakmal 25-9-47-5, Vishwa Fernando 2-52, Dushmantha Chameera 2-71).

(AR)