Sri Lanka’s first innings crashed and burned within the face of sprightly bowling, earlier than the West Indies high order turned a commanding lead right into a near-unassailable place late on day three. Having dismissed Sri Lanka for 185, West Indies completed the day 360 runs forward, and with six second-innings wickets in hand. The monitor had begun to take just a little flip, however with Sri Lanka up to now again within the recreation, not even Rangana Herath could possibly bail them out. With two days left to play, rain appears the guests’ largest hope.
As has been the case all through this recreation, the West Indies trigger had a number of essential contributors. Kemar Roach made the tone-setting early breakthrough within the third over of the day, uprooting the leg stump of the in-form Roshen Silva with a full supply. Late in that session, Shannon Gabriel took one other essential wicket, having Dinesh Chandimal caught at backward level. Within the afternoon Miguel Cummins worn out the tail with a short-ball barrage. Herath, Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara have been all out top-edging pulls off Cummins. Then, when West Indies went in to bat on a lead of 229, Kieran Powell held agency for the hosts, safe in protection, and stylish on the offside, as he breezed to 64 off 80 balls.
Sri Lanka, although, will blame themselves for the errors which have landed them in such a dire place. Chandimal had seemed good for an enormous rating, timing the ball properly after the early morning’s swing had disappeared. However then, simply as he started to free his arms, a rush of blood value him his wicket. He had earlier slashed Gabriel over level for 4, however when he tried the shot once more within the method to lunch, he couldn’t handle a ok connection – the ball too near his physique for the stroke. He ended up solely miscuing the shot to Roston Chase, to took it simply above his head. Chandimal would change into the innings’ high scorer, with 44.
The person he had constructed a promising 68-run stand with – Niroshan Dickwella – was maybe much more culpable for his dismissal. Having resisted intelligently for the primary 77 balls of his innings, Dickwella struck a ball in direction of mid on and started to amble a single. There was just a little miscommunication with non-striker Dilruwan Perera, however even after each batsmen had agreed to the run, Dickwella solely jogged via to the opposite finish. Abruptly, he found that Kraigg Brathwaite had run down this ball, had turned, and thrown on the stumps in a single fluid movement. Dickwella swiftly reached for the crease, nevertheless it was too late – he was discovered nearly thirty centimetres brief by the direct hit. Have been it not for his complacency, it ought to have been a straightforward single.
The place West Indies’ decrease order had scrapped, lifting the crew from 147 for five to 414 for eight, Sri Lanka’s wilted below the warmth. With Cummins aiming bowling with hostility, the final 4 wickets fell within the area of 9 overs. All up, Sri Lanka had misplaced four for 43 on the high of their innings, and 6 for 64 on the again finish – the Chandimal-Dickwella stand the one interval of actual resistance.
Jason Holder opted to not implement the follow-on, along with his bowlers having been within the area for greater than 55 overs. So good was their place, even a couple of early wickets didn’t actually dent West Indies’ possibilities within the recreation. Devon Smith was bowled twice in two balls by Suranga Lakmal, the primary of these having come off a no-ball. Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope then edged Lahiru Kumara behind – the previous snaffled by a diving Niroshan Dickwellla, and the latter caught athletically by Kusal Mendis, who snatched a pointy overhead likelihood from second slip.
However regardless of. Because of Powell, the hosts surged forward. His boundaries got here primarily on the offside – cowl drives off Lakmal and Herath particularly pleasing to the attention. He went to fifty with a straight six, off Dilruwan Perera, having come down the monitor. West Indies have been bossing the sport, and Powell was having just a little enjoyable.