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WEST INDIES VS SRI LANKA 1ST TEST : (West Indies drew with Sri Lanka )

 Day 4 report: Pathum Nissanka scored a century on debut and Niroshan Dickwella fell four runs short of a maiden century on Wednesday as Sri Lanka took control of the first Test against the West Indies on the fourth day.

Starting 102 runs behind in the first innings, Sri Lanka reached 476 in their second innings for a lead of 374.

Sri Lanka then made an important breakthrough in 20 overs before stumps, dismissing John Campbell (11) to leave the West Indies 34-1, still 340 runs behind. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was 8 not out and Nkrumah Bonner 15.

The day began with promise for the West Indies, who handed the second new ball to Alzarri Joseph instead of Kemar Roach. Joseph repaid the decision with a wicket from the fifth ball of the day, bowling Dhananjaya de Silva who resumed on 46 and had just posted his eighth Test half-century.

Nissanka and Dickwella came together at that point and batted through almost all of the first and second sessions in a partnership that produced 179 runs for the sixth wicket.

The 22-year-old Nissanka was patient and careful in his shot selection, reaching his half-century from 126 balls with five boundaries. Dickwella’s 50 came from 103 balls and included three boundaries.

Dickwella lived dangerously later in his innings. He was dropped by Bonner at gully from Jason Holder’s bowling when he was 44, chasing a short and wide delivery. His cut shot went directly to Bonner at waist height but the fieldsman, off-balance, dropped a simple chance.

On 74, Dickwella nicked a ball from Joseph down the leg side, directly to wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva but the only appeal from the West Indies was a half-hearted one from the bowler.

Dickwella surpassed his previous highest test score of 92 with a four off Roach. Five balls later, he was struck a glancing blow on the helmet by Roach and the ball dropped and spun back, hitting the stumps without removing the bails.

Nissanka reached his 100 with an outside edge wide of slips, from 240 deliveries and with only six fours in a particularly watchful inning which steadily built Sri Lanka’s advantage.

He is the fourth Sri Lankan to make a century on Test debut and the first to do so outside Sri Lanka.

“I wasn’t aware of those records,” Nissanka said. “With the state of the game, the team needed me to perform and I’m glad to perform for the team.

“The discussion (with Dickwella) was mainly that we have to try and drag it out for as long as possible to get a big score and make sure the bowlers have enough runs to bowl at.

“If the bowlers keep the ball in the right area, there’s still a chance of bowling the West Indies out. I think we have a good chance.”

Nissanka was out in the second over after tea, playing an uncharacteristic slog sweep as he tried to lift the run rate, only to be caught at the deep backward square by Kemar Roach from the bowling of Rahkeem Cornwall.

Dickwella looked sure to go onto his first Test century. But at 96 he played a lazy shot to a wide ball from Roach, looking to dab the ball down to the third man. Instead, he dragged it back onto his own stumps.

While Roach loudly celebrated the wicket, Dickwella looked stunned, leaning on his bat before slowly trudging back to the pavilion.

Day 5 : The scorecard might suggest a dull draw at the end of it all, but this match had a lot — Holder and Roach’s exemplary seam bowling on the first morning, Thirimanne battling it out alone, Lakmal absolutely bowling his heart out over two innings, the new kid on the block, Pathum Nissanka starting his career with a century, and quite fittingly, in the end, Bonner going on a blockathon. There’s something with 2021 and Tests going into final hours, almost as if it were laughing in the faces of those four-day advocates. So this was me, Vineet Anantharaman, bringing you this in the company of Pradeep KrishnamurthySriram AS, and our scorers, Siva and Harish. Until Antigua again, and hopefully, a pitch that stays lively for just that little bit longer, ta!!

Score Card :

SRI LANKA WEST INDIES
169/10 (69.4 ov) – R/R 2.43 271/10 (103.0 ov) – R/R 2.63
476/10 (149.5 ov) – R/R 3.18 236/4 (100.0 ov) – R/R 2.36

 

BATSMEN:SRI LANKA 1ST INNINGS
  R B M 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne (c) c Campbell b Cornwall 12 43 52 1 0 27.91
Lahiru Thirimanne  b Holder 70 180 293 4 0 38.89
Oshada Fernando run out (Brathwaite) 4 11 21 0 0 36.36
Dinesh Chandimal c †Da Silva b Holder 4 25 46 0 0 16.00
Dhananjaya de Silva  b Roach 13 26 45 2 0 50.00
Pathum Nissanka c Holder b Roach 9 12 24 2 0 75.00
Niroshan Dickwella † c Cornwall b Holder 32 76 86 2 0 42.11
Suranga Lakmal c Brathwaite b Holder 3 13 27 0 0 23.08
Dushmantha Chameera  b Roach 2 7 11 0 0 28.57
Lasith Embuldeniya lbw b Holder 3 15 24 0 0 20.00
Vishwa Fernando not out 1 11 18 0 0 9.09
Extras (b 4, lb 6, nb 1, w 5) 16
TOTAL (69.4 Ov, RR: 2.42) 169
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 10.4 ov), 2-29 (Oshada Fernando, 15.1 ov), 3-54 (Dinesh Chandimal, 26.1 ov), 4-76 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 34.4 ov), 5-92 (Pathum Nissanka, 38.3 ov), 6-150 (Niroshan Dickwella, 59.6 ov), 7-160 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 63.6 ov), 8-163 (Suranga Lakmal, 65.1 ov), 9-164 (Dushmantha Chameera, 66.1 ov), 10-169 (Lasith Embuldeniya, 69.4 ov)

 

BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Kemar Roach 16 2 47 3 2.94 0 1
Shannon Gabriel 9 2 22 0 2.44 3 0
Rahkeem Cornwall 14 6 25 1 1.79 0 0
Alzarri Joseph 11 2 32 0 2.91 0 0
Jason Holder 17.4 6 27 5 1.53 2 0
Kyle Mayers 2 0 6 0 3.00 0 0
WEST INDIES 1ST INNINGS
BATSMEN   R B M 4s 6s SR
Kraigg Brathwaite (c) c de Silva b Lakmal 3 43 73 0 0 6.98
John Campbell c †Dickwella b Chameera 42 148 210 4 0 28.38
Nkrumah Bonner lbw b Embuldeniya 31 63 106 5 0 49.21
Kyle Mayers c de Silva b Lakmal 45 70 85 6 2 64.29
Jermaine Blackwood  b Lakmal 2 7 23 0 0 28.57
Jason Holder  b Lakmal 19 61 90 2 0 31.15
Joshua Da Silva † c †Dickwella b Chameera 46 124 176 5 0 37.10
Alzarri Joseph c Chandimal b Lakmal 0 8 15 0 0 0.00
Rahkeem Cornwall  b MVT Fernando 61 85 125 9 2 71.76
Kemar Roach not out 5 15 29 1 0 33.33
Shannon Gabriel lbw b MVT Fernando 0 3 6 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 1, lb 6, nb 9, w 1) 17
TOTAL (103 Ov, RR: 2.63) 271
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 15.1 ov), 2-69 (Nkrumah Bonner, 36.1 ov), 3-95 (John Campbell, 46.2 ov), 4-120 (Jermaine Blackwood, 51.1 ov), 5-133 (Kyle Mayers, 57.1 ov), 6-169 (Jason Holder, 71.3 ov), 7-171 (Alzarri Joseph, 73.6 ov), 8-261 (Joshua Da Silva, 97.2 ov), 9-271 (Rahkeem Cornwall, 102.3 ov), 10-271 (Shannon Gabriel, 102.6 ov)

 

BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Suranga Lakmal 25 9 47 5 1.88 0 3
Vishwa Fernando 17 6 52 2 3.06 0 0
Dushmantha Chameera 22 1 71 2 3.23 1 2
Lasith Embuldeniya 28 6 64 1 2.29 0 4
Dhananjaya de Silva 11 2 30 0 2.73 0 0
SRI LANKA 2ND INNINGS
BATSMEN   R B M 4s 6s SR
Lahiru Thirimanne  b Roach 76 201 277 4 0 37.81
Dimuth Karunaratne (c) c Campbell b Roach 3 13 25 0 0 23.08
Oshada Fernando c †Da Silva b Mayers 91 149 220 11 0 61.07
Dinesh Chandimal c †Da Silva b Mayers 4 9 12 0 0 44.44
Dhananjaya de Silva  b Joseph 50 79 115 6 0 63.29
Pathum Nissanka c Roach b Cornwall 103 252 341 6 0 40.87
Niroshan Dickwella †  b Roach 96 163 274 8 0 58.90
Suranga Lakmal run out (Blackwood/†Da Silva) 8 24 34 0 0 33.33
Dushmantha Chameera c Mayers b Cornwall 6 9 17 0 0 66.67
Lasith Embuldeniya c Holder b Cornwall 10 11 9 0 1 90.91
Vishwa Fernando not out 0 0 2 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 13, lb 5, nb 11) 29
TOTAL (149.5 Ov, RR: 3.17) 476
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 4.6 ov), 2-170 (Oshada Fernando, 56.1 ov), 3-178 (Dinesh Chandimal, 58.5 ov), 4-189 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 63.3 ov), 5-259 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 86.5 ov), 6-438 (Pathum Nissanka, 139.3 ov), 7-460 (Niroshan Dickwella, 146.1 ov), 8-462 (Suranga Lakmal, 147.3 ov), 9-476 (Lasith Embuldeniya, 149.4 ov), 10-476 (Dushmantha Chameera, 149.5 ov)

 

BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
BATSMEN   R B M 4s 6s SR
Kraigg Brathwaite (c)  b Embuldeniya 23 124 185 0 0 18.55
John Campbell c †Dickwella b MVT Fernando 11 15 29 2 0 73.33
Nkrumah Bonner not out 113 274 423 13 1 41.24
Kyle Mayers c Thirimanne b Embuldeniya 52 113 152 5 0 46.02
Jermaine Blackwood  b MVT Fernando 4 29 49 0 0 13.79
Jason Holder not out 18 48 68 4 0 37.50
Extras (b 4, lb 8, nb 3) 15
TOTAL (100 Ov, RR: 2.36) 236/4
Did not bat: Joshua Da Silva †, Rahkeem Cornwall, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (John Campbell, 5.6 ov), 2-78 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 39.3 ov), 3-183 (Kyle Mayers, 75.4 ov), 4-204 (Jermaine Blackwood, 85.2 ov)

Kemar Roach

27 3 74 3 2.74 0 6
Shannon Gabriel 18 2 67 0 3.72 0 0
Jason Holder 22 4 40 0 1.82 0 2
Alzarri Joseph 21 2 83 1 3.95 0 0
Rahkeem Cornwall 42.5 4 137 3 3.20 0 0
Kraigg Brathwaite 9 1 30 0 3.33 0 0
Kyle Mayers 9 2 24 2 2.67 0 3
Jermaine Blackwood 1 0 3 0 3.00 0 0
WEST INDIES 2ND INNINGS (TARGET: 375 RUNS)

 

BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Suranga Lakmal 25 10 33 0 1.32 0 0
Vishwa Fernando 19 0 73 2 3.84 0 1
Lasith Embuldeniya 28 9 62 2 2.21 0 1
Dushmantha Chameera 18 3 44 0 2.44 0 1
Dhananjaya de Silva 10 5 12 0 1.20 0 0

 

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