Opener Lahiru Thirimanne (55) led a spirited Sri Lanka total of 136 for 3 at the close of play on the second day to the West Indies 374 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua yesterday.
After the West Indies had extended their overnight 287 for 7 adding 67 with skipper Kraigg Brathwaite going on to make 126 (311b, 11×4), Sri Lanka owed much to the left handed Thirimanne whose 106-ball sedate innings containing 6 boundaries was the perfect recovery trail after the loss of skipper Dimuth Karunaratne for 1 off 17 with the total 18. Karunaratne’s wicket mistiming an off drive and edging a Alzarri Joseph delivery to Bonner was followed by Oshada Fernando falling for 18 off 71with a solitary boundary in a 46-run second wicket repair job off 20.5 overs when he was trapped leg before wicket by Kyle Mayers. But it was to trigger a collapse with Thirimanne following soon after 13 runs later with Sri Lanka wobbling on 77 for 3 off 35.3 overs before Dinesh Chandimal (34 off 80, 5×4) and Dhananjaya de Silva tightroped their way to an unfinished 59-run fourth wicket partnership consuming 25.3 overs in hauling Sri Lanka out to safety. Chandimal was on 34 off 80 with 5 boundaries in a timely get back to nick following a lean run in the first test while Dhananjaya de Silva was on 23 off 95 with just the solitary boundary the occasion demanded.
WEST INDIES 354 (111.1 Overs) RR: 3.18
(Kraigg Brathwaite 126, Rahkeem Cornwall 73, Kyle Mayers 49, Jason Holder 30, Alzarri Joseph 29, Suranga Lakmal 4/94, Dushmantha Chameera 3/69))
SRI LANKA 136/3 (61 Overs) RR: 2.22
(Lahiru Thirimanne 55, Dinesh Chandimal n.o. 34, Dhananjaya de Silva n.o. 23, Oshada Fernando 18)