Windies hold edge over SL on Day 1

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Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 16:54 [IST]
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Windies hold edge over SL on Day 1

The Sri Lankans might have considered themselves a tad lucky to draw the first Test against the touring West Indies thanks to the regular intervention of rain. But even though the start of the second Test was delayed due to a damp outfield, the Lankans were going to have to show their mettle against a strong Windies' bowling line-up. The tourists got on top of the hosts early on, when Kemar Roach got Thillakaratne Dilshan clean bowled for just 4. Sri Lanka were in trouble at 10/1.

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In the 9th over, captain and one-down batsman Kumara Sangakarra would consider himself a bit fortunate when he was dropped at third slip. But there was no such luck for the other opener Tharanga Paranavitana who a couple of overs later, was snatched up by Dwayne Bravo at second slip. The benefiting bowler again was Roach was making quite an impact for his side. Captain Darren Sammy, who was bowling in tandem with Roach came in for some good fortune of his own when he bowled Mahela Jayawardene for just 2 in the 14th over. Sri Lanka were tottering at 34/3.

The hosts were badly in need of a suitable partnership to extricate them from the mess they had got into.It seemed like the new man Thilan Samaraweera and Sangakarra were just the men for the crisis. In the 35th over, Samaraweera took the challenge of facing Roach head on, smashing him for six over fine leg. Sri Lanka had moved to 84/3 when overcast conditions intervened during the 38th over and umpires called of play due to bad light. A few hours later, play was officially called off for the day with the Windies retaining a slight edge over the hosts.


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