Honours even in first Test
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Several West Indies batsmen got starts but failed to carry on, leaving wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich to hold the innings together, on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka here yesterday.
Opting to bat first in good conditions at Queen's Park Oval, the Windies finished the day on 246 for six, with the right-handed Dowrich unbeaten on a compact 46 and tail-ender Devendra Bishoo yet to score.
Stroke-maker Shai Hope produced a classy 44, and captain Jason Holder struck 40 while Roston Chase and Kieran Powell both gathered 38.Pacer Lahiru Kumara was impressive, leading the Sri Lanka attack with three for 57.
West Indies proved their own worst enemy, squandering the advantage every time they looked poised to take control of the innings. They suffered an early blow when they lost usually prolific opener Kraigg Brathwaite for just three with four runs on the board, caught at the wicket off seamer Suranga Lakmal in the third over of the morning.
Seam bowling clinic
In a beautiful exhibition of seam bowling, Lakmal beat Brathwaite with the first two balls of the over, got him to defend the third one before finding the edge off the fourth, with wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella snaring the offering diving to his right.
There was no fairy-tale comeback for Devon Smith. Playing his first Test in three years, he also fell cheaply for seven after adding 36 for the second wicket with Powell.
He spent nearly an hour and a half at the crease without much of the strike before failing to beat Kumara's throw from short midwicket to Dickwella as he and Powell attempted a sharp single.
WEST INDIES 1st innings
K. Brathwaite c wk Dickwella b Lakmal 3
D. Smith run out 7
K. Powell b Kumara 38
S Hope c wk Dickwella b Kumara 44
R. Chase c Mathews b Herath 38
+S. Dowrich not out 46
*J. Holder c wk Dickwella b Kumara 40
D. Bishoo not out 0
Extras (b10, lb14, w2, nb4) 30
Total (6 wkts, 84 overs) 246
To bat: K. Roach, M. Cummins, S. Gabriel.
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-40, 3-80, 4-134, 4-147, 5-237.
Bowling: Lakmal 16-4-38-1, Gamage 18-5-44-0,
D Perera 16-1-42-0, Kumara 18-1-57-3, Herath 16-4-41-1.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Richard Kettleborough; TV - Ian Gould.