Left hanging on 99 in a single day, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite accomplished his ninth take a look at century to put his group in a robust place at stumps on the second day of the second cricket take a look at towards Sri Lanka.
Brathwaite wanted solely two balls firstly of the day to achieve his first century since July 2018. He labored the second ball from Suranga Lakmal to superb leg for a single to additionally full his first hundred as West Indies captain from 241 balls with 11 fours.
Brathwaite was the 16th participant in take a look at historical past to be stranded on 99 in a single day and he maintained a streak as all 16 have been transformed into tons of. He has now scored 9 of the final 10 centuries by a West Indies opener.
Brathwaite’s 103-run eighth-wicket partnership with Rahkeem Cornwall helped the West Indies to 354 because it batted first after dropping the toss. At stumps, Sri Lanka was 136-Three, 218 runs behind.
Lahiru Thirimanne adopted his scores of 70 and 76 within the first take a look at with 55 which offered solidity on the high of the Sri Lanka order. Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva then batted by means of 25 overs in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership which was value 59 runs at stumps when Chandimal was 34 not out and de Silva 23.
De Silva survived a assured attraction for caught behind off Cornwall’s bowling two balls earlier than stumps. He tried to tug a flighted supply and there was a transparent noise because the ball handed the bat down the leg facet.
The umpire rejected Sri Lanka’s attraction for a catch behind and the West Indies known as for a assessment. Replays confirmed a transparent spike because the ball handed the bat. However the tv umpire, matching totally different replay angles with the audio proof, dominated accurately that the sound did not come from the ball hitting the bat.
Jason Holder, who was changed by Brathwaite as captain, performed a significant function in encouraging the West Indies gamers late within the day.
“It has been a fairly docile wicket up to now so we have to attempt to encourage ourselves,” Holder mentioned.
“I took it upon myself to attempt to encourage the fellows and guarantee we saved going by means of all the innings right this moment.
“It was a fairly good effort from the bowlers up to now, not a wicket on which you’ll simply blast folks out.”
Holder mentioned the match is carefully balanced after two days.
“It is fairly even-stevens,” he mentioned. “We have two set batsmen on the crease for the time being. Our bowlers toiled very laborious, we’re nonetheless 60 overs in; perhaps if we will seize one in all two extra wickets earlier than the second new ball then I consider we’ll be just about within the recreation.”
The day started with excessive anticipation of Brathwaite’s century and he did not hold followers ready.
Cornwall, 43 not out in a single day, reached his half century with a 4 off Lakmal, from 64 balls with eight fours and a six.
Brathwaite survived a assured attraction for lbw when he was 102. Sri Lanka’s attraction was rejected. Replays confirmed the ball simply clipping leg stump.
The century partnership between Brathwaite and Cornwall got here from 185 balls with Cornwall contributing 72.
Cornwall had reached a brand new excessive rating, 73, when he mistimed a drive off Lakmal and offered a mild, lobbed catch to Vishwa Fernando and mid-off.
Brathwaite stepped up his scoring price, hitting Lakmal and Dushmantha Chameera to the boundaries at mid-off and mid-on within the subsequent two overs.
He loved a short stand with Kemar Roach who was out for 9, caught by Niroshan Dickwella off Chameera, giving the wicketkeeper his fifth catch of the innings.
Brathwaite batted by means of the West Indies innings and was the final man out at 354, dragging a ball from Chameera onto his stumps to finish his 514-minute keep on the crease.