News International – PORT OF SPAIN: West Indies rode their luck through a challenging first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka to reach 246-6 at stumps at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Wednesday.
- However the Sri Lankan seamers put in a tremendous effort on a generally placid surface with Lahiru Kumara leading the way in claiming three for 57 off 18 overs, including the important wicket of Holder for 40 just when it seemed the all-rounder was about to accelerate against a tiring attack in a long final session marking the start of the visitors’ first-ever three-match Test series in the Caribbean.
- Holder only added two runs after being badly missed by Roshen Silva at second slip off Kumara, however the more expensive lapse had occurred earlier when Dowrich, on 16, offered a straightforward chance to Angelo Mathews at slip off Dilruwan Perera’s off-spin and the opportunity was missed.
- Relieved to have been granted that reprieve by Sri Lanka’s former captain, Dowrich played with exaggerated care thereafter and resumes on the second morning on 46 in partnership with Devendra Bishoo, who batted through the final 40 minutes of the day without getting off the mark.
- Powell sought to impose himself in putting on 40 for the third wicket with Shai Hope and looked to be getting on top of the bowlers when Kumara struck his first blow, uprooting the upright left-hander’s leg-stump via the inside-edge.
- As expected, Rangana Herath played a bigger role at the bowling crease in the day’s second session and the most successful left-arm spinner in Test history responded with the wicket of Chase for 38 via a sharp catch by Mathews at slip when the batsman edged an attempted cut.