Windies A eye win after dominating third day
PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (CMC):
Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall snatched a five-wicket haul and Test opener Rajendra Chandrika and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton lashed their second half-centuries of the game, as West Indies A produced a telling performance to put Sri Lanka A on the ropes on the penultimate day of the second four-day 'Test' here yesterday.
At the close, Sri Lanka A were struggling on 36 for two in pursuit of 481 for victory at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium - still requiring an improbable 445 runs on today's final day to win the contest.
Earlier, resuming on 128 for four, they were bundled out for 245 in their first innings as Cornwall ripped through the innings to finish with six for 91.
Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella top-scored with 88, captain Dimuth Karunaratne got 68, while Asela Gunaratne chipped in with a vital 46; but the hosts lost their last five wickets for just 25 runs in a swift collapse, about 25 minutes after lunch.
Yet again, Cornwall spearheaded the Windies attack, taking four of the last five wickets to collect his second five-wicket haul following on from his eight-wicket innings haul in the opening 'Test' in Colombo.
With a healthy first-innings lead of 264, West Indies A then raced to 216 for three declared, with Chandrika stroking 68 and Hamilton a whirlwind, unbeaten 56 off just 30 deliveries.
Captain Shamarh Brooks also gathered an uptempo, unbeaten 53 off 63 balls, while Shimron Hetmyer chipped in with 28.
Left-hander Kieran Powell fell cheaply for two with the score on four in the fourth over of the innings, but three successive half-century partnerships put the visitors in command.
The right-handed Chandrika put on 65 for the second wicket with Hetmyer, who carved out five fours in a busy 37-ball knock before falling on the stroke of tea, lbw to leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay.
After the break, Chandrika added a further 67 for the third wicket with Brooks, as West Indies A controlled the final session.
All told, Chandrika struck five fours and a six off 110 deliveries, while Brooks hammered three fours and two sixes in an enterprising knock.