West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite got here very near a second century within the second Check which helped his group get to a commanding place towards Sri Lanka on the fourth day.
The skilled opener adopted his 126 in first innings with a affected person 85 within the second which, together with half-centuries from Kyle Mayers and Jason Holder, allowed Brathwaite to declare at 280/four — setting the guests a goal of 377 on the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Holder was 71 not out, having shared a 53-run partnership with wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva who was unbeaten on 20.
West Indies then had 40 minutes to bowl earlier than stumps and Sri Lanka managed to not lose any wickets, reaching 29/zero. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 11 runs and Lahiru Thirimanne scored 17. They may resume on Friday with one other 347 runs wanted for victory whereas West Indies can be searching 10 wickets in 98 overs.
Sri Lanka began the day at 250/eight of their first innings and the house facet took simply over three overs to wrap up the innings at 258, thus taking a primary innings lead of 96 runs. Pathum Nissanka, on 49 in a single day, accomplished his half century from the fifth ball of the day, however was out quickly after for 51 — caught by substitute Hayden Walsh Jr. at deep backward sq. from the bowling of Kemar Roach.
When West Indies batted a second time, Mayers went on to attain a half century from 63 balls, with eight fours, earlier than ultimately falling lbw to quick bowler Suranga Lakmal for 55. Brathwaite reached his 21st half century from 137 balls and appeared set to achieve centuries in each innings when he went on to 85 which got here off 196 balls and included 4 boundaries. Holder performed plenty of excellent pictures and paced the innings nicely together with his half century requiring simply 69 balls.
Transient scores: West Indies 354 all out and 280/four declared (Kraigg Brathwaite 85, Jason Holder 71 not out; Suranga Lakmal 2/62) vs Sri Lanka 250/eight and 29/zero (Lahiru Thirimanne 17 batting, Dimuth Karunaratne 11 batting; Jason Holder zero/three).