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Sri Lanka 60-1 in first innings at tea in second Test


Sri Lanka 60-1 in first innings at tea in second Test

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NORTH SOUND – Hometown pacer Alzarri Joseph gave West Indies an early breakthrough, but they had no further success before tea against Sri Lanka in the second Test in Antigua.

Joseph removed the Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne for one in his third over, but the visitors reached 60 for one, replying to the Windies first innings total of 354, at the break on the second day of the match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Joseph angled a delivery across Karunaratne, and the left-handed batsmen edged a loose drive to gully, where Nkrumah Bonner held a spectacular right-handed catch.

For the remainder of the session, West Indies bowlers toiled to find another wicket, but left-handed opener Lahiru Thirimanne, not out on 40, and Oshada Fernando, not out on 18, held firm and have so far put on 42 for the second wicket either side of a 10-minute stoppage for rain.

In the third last over before the break, the Windies referred an lbw appeal, when Fernando, on 16, offered no stroke to a delivery from Kyle Mayers that swung back sharply.

TV ball tracking technology, however, showed it was barely clipping the top of the off-stump for an umpire’s call and support umpire Joel Wilson’s not out decision.

Summarised scores:

WEST INDIES 354 (Kraigg Brathwaite 126, Rahkeem Cornwall 73, Kyle Mayers 49, Jason Holder 30, Alzarri Joseph 29, Jermaine Blackwood 18; Suranga Lakmal 4-94, Dushmanth Chameera 3-69).

SRI LANKA 60 for one (Lahiru Thirimanne 40 not out, Oshada Fernando 18 not out).