Pathum Nissanka held the West Indies at bay, with Sri Lanka limping to the end at 250 for eight in response to the home side’s total of 354 first innings on matchday three of the second and final test in Antigua, under the rain. Bursting with confidence after a hundred starts in the first test at the same location a week earlier, the 22-year-old right-hander challenged the Caribbean pacers by compiling an undefeated 49. which is potentially a critical lead in the first round for the West Indies at the start of the fourth day.
Nissanka’s determination for nearly three hours, during which he faced 119 deliveries and stroked four borders, could still prove beneficial to Sri Lanka if the other overnight batsman, Lasith Embuldeniya, and the last man, Vishwa Fernando, responded to the resistance shown by the lower West Indian order in their first rounds.
Before the showers arrived, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel put in the most impressive effort of the day, generating the raw, sustained speed that rocked the Sri Lankans on several occasions during their last tour of the region in 2018.
Windowless and cranky in the first test, Gabriel finally won his first wicket of the series in the morning session, setting off a bewildering pace to account for Dinesh Chandimal while Dhananjaya de Silva occasionally fell adrift from Jermaine. Blackwood.
Returning to the night position of 136 for three, Chandimal and Dhananjaya were immediately challenged by Gabriel’s constant hostility.
Chandimal was fortunate enough to escape when a Rahkeem Cornwall diver couldn’t hold on to catch on the first slip, but the former captain’s luck ran out when, disturbed by a blow to the hand earlier in the course , he could not control a hook stroke on a lift. delivery to the body and backup outfielder Hayden Walsh Jr completed the comfortable deep square-leg hold to remove Chandimal for 44.
His fifth-window partnership with De Silva was worth 75 points.
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With the lunch break beckoning, the West Indies had even more reason to celebrate when De Silva was tried ahead of the morning’s first delivery by Blackwood.
Although the batsman left the field in despondency, television broadcasts of the dismissal confirmed that the decision would have been overturned had he gone for a DRS dismissal.
The incumbent dismissed Niroshan Dickwella on a catch while Suranga Lakmal gave Alzarri Joseph his second wicket of the heats via a single catch to West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite in the middle of a truncated afternoon.
When Holder claimed his second wicket by taking out Dushmantha Chameera, the West Indies were doubly keen to move from that 231 position to eight to complete the innings before the end of the game.
However, the calm assurance of Nissanka, the resistance of Embuldeniya and, above all, the return of the rains, which only resulted in 42 overs in the day, left the West Indies a job to be completed on the penultimate morning.
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