WI Crumble Against Spin After SL Fold for 386
The spin trio of Praveen Jayawickrama, Ramesh Mendis and Lasith Embuldeniya did all the damage as West Indies struggled to 113/6 on day two, trailing by 273 runs.
With Sri Lanka starting the day on 267/3, West Indies needed early breakthroughs to stifle the flow of runs and restrict the hosts to a reasonable total. Shannon Gabriel did just that in the 95th over, with Dhananjaya de Silva getting out to a freak dismissal. He smashed the stumps with his bat in an attempt to stop the ball from bouncing onto the sticks. This brought an end to his knock of 61 and ended the vital partnership with skipper Karunaratne.
The wicket of Karunaratne soon followed as he was stumped off the bowling of Roston Chase. Nonetheless, his exceptional knock of 147 firmly put the hosts in a strong position in the contest.
Ramesh Mendis who joined Dinesh Chandimal at the crease, too couldn't last long as an excellent flighted delivery from Warrican caught his thumb and into the hands of the keeper. Sri Lanka ended the session on 341/6, hoping to add some crucial runs after lunch.
The visitors had to be patient in an effort to get some wickets in the bag after the break, as Suranga Lakmal and Chandimal batted well to mount a stern defence. But Warrican would prove to be the man to deliver the wicket again, trapping Lakmal in front of the stumps for 11. Spin would do the damage once again as Chandimal's handy knock of 45 was brought to an end by Roston Chase.
Chameera came and went for 3, attempting a big one against Warrican who celebrated another scalp after struggling with his discipline in the morning session. Lasith Embuldeniya would then frustrate the visitors with a handy cameo of 17 before mistiming one straight into the hands of Jermaine Blackwood as Chase completed his five-for. The Windies then headed to tea unscathed at 12/0.
Blackwood and Brathwaite continued in the same vein at the start of the final session, playing each and every delivery on its merit. But spin did the damage for the hosts, as tight spells from Embuldeniya and Jayawickrama finally reaped rewards.
Embuldeniya struck first, trapping Blackwood in front of the stumps. Blackwood appealed the call but met with no success, as replays showed that the ball would be crashing into middle and leg, bringing an end to his knock of 20.
Bonner then struggled in his brief stay at the crease, finally perishing against Jayawickrama. The delivery from the spinner turned sharply off the wicket, catching Bonner's edge and Dhananjaya de Silva did not make any mistake in the slip to send the batter back to the pavilion for 1.
Brathwaite and Hope would then steady the ship for the visitors for the next hour or so, and it seemed that they would head into stumps losing only two wickets. But the off-spin of Ramesh Mendis brought about a massive breakthrough for Sri Lanka, as his delivery on leg stump got him the wicket of the Windies skipper. Trying to play it fine, Brathwaite ended up guiding the ball straight into the hands of Nissanka at leg-slip, who took a sharp grab.
Mendis struck again in his very next over, and in consecutive deliveries to be on a hat-trick after getting Shai Hope out for 10. Oshada Fernando took a fantastic catch to bring about the dismissal as the Lankans were well and truly on top as the end of the day edged closer.
Two more wickets then fell before the close of play, with Warrican being snapped up by Jayawickrama for 1, and Mendis picking up another one with the crucial strike of Chase, who fell for 2.
The visitors ended the day in deep trouble on 113/6, still trailing by 273 runs.
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
P. Nissanka c R. Cornwall b Shannon Gabriel 56
D. Karunaratne st J. Da Silva b R. Chase 147
O. Fernando c N. Bonner b R. Chase 03
A. Mathews c J. Holder b R. Chase 03
D. de Silva Hit Wicket b S. Gabriel 61
D. Chandimal c R. Cornwall b R. Chase 45
R.Mendis c J. Da Silva b J. Warrican 13
S.Lakmal lbw J. Warrican 11
D. Chameera c K.Brathwaite b J. Warrican 03
L. Embuldeniya c J. Blackwood b R. Chase 17
P. Jayawickrama Not Out 08
Extras 5b 6lb 8nb 0pen 0w 19
Total (133.5 overs) 386 all out
Fall of Wickets: 1-139 Nissanka, 2-164 Fernando, 3-170 Mathews, 4-281 de Silva, 5-296 Karunaratne, 6-331 Wanigamuni, 7-355 Lakmal, 8-361 Chandimal, 9-361 Chameera, 10-386 Embuldeniya
Bowling: Roston Chase 28.5-3-83-5, Jomel Warrican 32-5-87-3, Shannon Gabriel 19-2-69-2
West Indies 1st Innings
K. Brathwaite c P. Nissanka b R. Mendis 41
J. Blackwood lbw L. Embuldeniya 20
N. Bonner c D. de Silva b P. Jayawickrama 01
S. Hope c O.Fernando b R.Mendis 10
R. Chase c O. Fernando b R. Mendis 02
J. Warrican c D. Chandimal b P. Jayawickrama 01
K. Mayers Not Out 22
J. Holder Not Out 01
Extras 3b 9lb 2nb 0pen 1w 15
Total (42.0 overs) 113-6
Fall of Wickets: 1-46 Blackwood, 2-51 Bonner, 3-80 Brathwaite, 4-83 Hope, 5-86 Warrican, 6-100 Chase
To Bat: Da Silva, Cornwall, Gabriel, Solanzo
Bowling: Ramesh Mendis 6-1-23-3, Praveen Jayawickrama 12-4-25-2, Lasith Embuldeniya 15-4-39-1