Friday 4 April 2008 

West Indies Batsmen Build On Good Bowling Effort

Sri Lanka 278 (Silva 76, Dilshan 62, Edwards 4-84) v
West Indies 268-7 (Sarwan 57, Muralitharan 3-64) in Trinidad

Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0
By John Pennington

West Indies enjoyed a good second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka as they bowled the tourists out for 278 in Trinidad, taking the last five wickets for 61 runs. Their batsmen then played their part as they closed ten runs behind with three first innings wickets in hand.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was first man dismissed in the morning, caught behind off of Fidel Edwards for 62 and he was followed five balls later by Chaminda Vaas (one), again caught by Ramdin off of Daren Powell.

Thilan Thushara was soon run out by Ramnaresh Sarwan and Muttiah Muralitharan hit two fours from the first two balls he faced and from the third he was caught by Dwayne Bravo off of Daren Powell.

Given that Ishara Amerasinghe stuck around for a 22-ball unbeaten duck before Chamara Silva was last man out for 76, Muralitharan may find himself batting at number 11 in the second innings, if required.

Edwards, who picked up the first three wickets to fall yesterday, ended with figures of four for 84, Powell took two for 59 and Taylor two for 74.

Openers Chris Gayle (45) and Sewnarine Chattergoon then added 58 for the first wicket in the reply before Gayle was caught by Michael Vandort in the gully off of Thushara having dominated both the opening partnership and the Sri Lankan bowling early on.

West Indies continued to score at around and above five an over as Sewnarine Chattergoon and Sarwan confidently added a half-century partnership for the second wicket.

Chattergoon was clean bowled for 46 soon after tea by Vaas after impressing in his first innings with sound technique to leave the West Indies 137 for two on a pitch still offering something to both bowlers and batsmen.

That soon became 141 for three when Marlon Samuels' horror run with the bat continued and he fell lbw to Muralitharan for three as Sri Lanka bounced back in the final session of the day. Sarwan looked as comfortable as he did in Guyana in registering his third half-century in as many innings since his return from injury but even he could not prevent Muralitharan taking his wicket as he was caught by Warnapura for 57.

As the balance of the match shifted, Shivnarine Chanderpaul was next to go, adjudged lbw to Thushara for 18, although replays suggested he had got an inside edge.

Then followed a fighting stand of 47 between Bravo (26) and Devon Smith (47) to get the West Indies closer to the Sri Lankan score before Bravo was trapped in front by Amerasinghe and Smith was bowled by Muralitharan.

Denesh Ramdin (five) and Jerome Taylor (one) were the not out batsmen who took the offer of light shortly before the scheduled close.

Sri Lanka won the first Test in Guyana by 121 runs.

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