Windies toil on second day
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):
Carlos Brathwaite belted a cameo half-century, and seamer Kemar Roach picked up two early wickets, but West Indies were made to toil against the Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI on the second day of their three-day tour match yesterday.
Resuming from their overnight 127 for six, West Indies were dismissed for 209 with the right-handed Brathwaite slamming 54 off 46 balls, batting at number 10.
Off-spinner Suraj Randiv finished with five for 73 while seamer Suranga Lakmal picked up three for 26.
In a torrid six-over period before lunch, right-armer Roach (2-25) then rocked the hosts with wickets off the first two balls of the innings without a run on the board before opener Udara Jayasundera and Minod Bhanuka stroked hundreds to guide their side to 233 for three at the close at the Sinhalese Sports Club.
Jayasundera, a 24-year-old left-hander, was unbeaten on 124 while Bhanuka, a 20-year-old wicketkeeper with just two first-class games to his name, hit 101.
West Indies were definitely on top when Roach claimed Kusal Mendis off the first ball of the innings, caught at point by Jermaine Blackwood.
Off the very next delivery, Roach found the edge of captain Lahiru Thirimanne's bat and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin took a straightforward offering as the Sri Lankans slumped to 22 for two at lunch.
Any hopes, however, of rolling over the President's XI were quickly squashed as Jayasundera and Bhanuka batted with aplomb in a 214-run, third wicket stand.
Jayasundera faced 177 balls and counted 17 fours and two sixes while Bhanuka carved out 15 fours and a six off 160 deliveries.