Windies 171-5 in their first innings at tea in the second Test

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Windies 171-5 in their first innings at tea in the second Test
West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite cuts during his unbeaten 61. (Photo courtesy CWI Media/Philip Spooner)

NORTH SOUND – Three wickets – including Jason Holder in the final 10 minutes before tea – hurt West Indies in the second test against Sri Lanka in Antigua.

At the break, Windies captain Kraigg Brathwaite was unbeaten on 61 and wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua da Silva was yet to score, and the Caribbean side, put in to bat, were 171 for five in their first innings at the break on the first day of the match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Brathwaite has so far struck nine fours from 145 balls and has kept composure while wickets tumbled around him, after West Indies continued from their lunchtime total of 86 for two.

He was fortunate on 37, when Dhananjaya de Silva put him down at gully off left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando in the seventh over after lunch, and he has played a typically resolute knock to anchor the innings.

Left-hander Kyle Mayers was not so fortunate, and his charmed life ended with the third ball after lunch, when he was caught behind off Fernando for 49, playing a loose drive, a dismissal confirmed after standing umpire Joel Wilson consulted TV umpire Nigel Duguid.

Jermaine Blackwood never looked settled and was caught behind off pacer Suranga Lakmal for 18, playing defensively forward to the second ball of the pacer’s second spell to prompt the afternoon drinks break.

After drinks, Brathwaite reached his 50 from 116 balls, when he drove pacer Dushmantha Chameera through mid-on for two.

He put on 51 for the fifth wicket with Holder with little or no trouble before his predecessor was caught at slip off de Silva for 30, edging a loose drive.

Lakmal has been the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with three for 53 from 15 overs, the first six of which were maidens.

Both teams are unchanged for the match, the winner of which will take home the Garfield Sobers-Michael Tissera Trophy, after a draw in the first Test, which ended last Thursday at the same venue.

Summarised scores:

WEST INDIES 171 for five (Kraigg Brathwaite 61 not out, Kyle Mayers 49, Jason Holder 30, Jermaine Blackwood 18; Suranga Lakmal 3-53) vs SRI LANKA.

(AR)