Singh lifts Windies A after two batting meltdowns
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):
Vishaul Singh was dismissed four runs shy of a century, after leading two solid partnerships to steady West Indies A, who suffered two batting meltdowns against Sri Lanka A on the opening day of their first unofficial Test here yesterday.
Singh, a middle-order batsman from Guyana, top scored with 96 to lead rescue efforts as West Indies A were bowled out for 276 at the Khettarama Stadium.
Captain Shamarh Brooks played a key innings as well with a knock of 65, while an unbeaten 45 from Kemar Roach was the only other notable contribution.
Opener Kieran Powell was dismissed for 36 and dropped Test opener Rajendra Chandrika continued his poor form when he was trapped lbw by Lahiru Kumara.
THE RESCUE ACT
The visitors slumped to 56 for three after winning the toss and electing to bat before left-handed Singh arrived to initiate the first rescue act.
He put together 125 for the fourth wicket with captain Brooks as the two set about the task of repairing the damage caused from early pressure applied by the Sri Lankan bowlers.
Singh faced 187 balls and scored nine boundaries, while Brooks also hit the same number of boundaries, from his 107-ball occupation of the crease.
West Indies suffered a second collapse when they lost three wickets for four runs before Singh rose to the occasion again with a 66-run stand for the seventh wicket with Roach.
Roach, who struck three fours and the only two sixes of the innings, was unbeaten on 45.
The standout bowlers for Sri Lanka were Asitha Fernando
2-35, Charith Asalanka 2-53 and Asela Gunaratne 3-27.
Sri Lanka A faced one over before stumps were drawn but did not score.