Windies 72-2 at lunch on second day of first Test

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Windies 72-2 at lunch on second day of first Test
Opener John Campbell has held firm for West Indies through the morning period and was not out on 27. (Photo courtesy CWI Media)

NORTH SOUND – West Indies progress before lunch hit a snag, when Nkrumah Bonner fell in the final over before lunch in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

At the interval, the Windies were 72 for two, replying to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 169, with John Campbell not out on 27 and Kyle Mayers not out on two.

Bonner was lbw to left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya for 31, playing back and across, a decision that was confirmed, after he reviewed umpire Gregory Brathwaite’s decision.

Bonner and fellow Jamaican John Campbell emerged from a testing period before the morning drinks break against the Sri Lankan pace trio of Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando and Dushmantha Chameera to put on 56 for the second wicket.

This followed the early loss of their captain Kraigg Brathwaite caught at second slip off Lakmal for three in the third over of the morning, flirting outside of the off-stump.

Bonner was fortunate on 17, when he edged Chameera to second slip and was reprieved by a call of no-ball from TV umpire Nigel Duguid.

There was a period of edgy batting from Bonner and Campbell, but there gritted through the period and were just beginning to emerge from it, when Sri Lanka Dimuth Karunaratne brought Embuldeniya into the attack and was rewarded.

Summarised scores:

SRI LANKA 169 (Lahiru Thirimanne 70, Niroshan Dickwella 32, Dhananjaya 13, Dimuth Karunaratne 12; Jason Holder 17.4-6-27-5, Kemar Roach 3-47).

WEST INDIES 72 for two (Nkrumah Bonner 31, John Campbell 27 not out).