West Indies ends third day on 67 for 2 after following on, still trailing by 166 runs
Rangana Herath put Sri Lanka in control of the first Test against West Indies, with the Caribbean side ending the third day’s play on 67 for 2 after following on – still facing a deficit of 166 runs.
Herath took 6 for 68 as West Indies’ first innings ended at 251 all out at the Galle International Stadium on Friday (October 16), after Sri Lanka had amassed 484. The left-arm spinner then dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite towards the end of the day’s play, as West Indies lost its second wicket while following on.
Herath, 37, took his 23rd five-wicket haul in his 64th Test and he is now just 15 short of becoming the third Sri Lankan bowler to take 300 Test wickets.
West Indies had started the day on 66 for 2, with Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels at the crease. But while all batsmen got starts – with only Shannon Gabriel at No.11 not getting into double figures – the highest score of the innings was Bravo’s 50.
Herath didn’t let any of the batsmen settle and build a partnership. He began by removing Samuels early in the day and exerted magnificent control throughout.
Bravo looked the most comfortable among the West Indies batsmen, but he fell to a stunning catch by Dinesh Chandimal off Herath.
Chandimal, who had propped Sri Lanka up with a superb 151 while batting, flew to his right to take the ball one-handed at short midwicket. Bravo was the fifth wicket to fall, and with only 132 on the board, West Indies faced a battle to avoid the follow-on.
The lower order resisted well, and the highest partnership of the innings was for the eighth wicket between Jerome Taylor (31) and Kemar Roach (22), with the duo putting on 46 and raising hopes of averting the follow-on. But Taylor edged Tharindu Kaushal to Angelo Mathews at slip and Herath returned to strike twice in two balls and finish the innings off.
West Indies lost Shai Hope early in its second innings. Hope made only 6 before he became Milinda Siriwardana's first victim in Test cricket, dragging the ball onto his stumps as he tried a back-foot pull with the score 18 for 1. Brathwaite and Bravo had added 42 before Herath scalped Brathwaite for the second time in the match.