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Bowlers put West Indies on top on day one in Colombo Test

Jomel Warrican celebrates the wicket of Milinda Siriwardana on day one of the second Test in Colombo
Jomel Warrican celebrates the wicket of Milinda Siriwardana on day one of the second Test in Colombo
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West Indies 17-1 (Bishoo 5no) v
Sri Lanka 200 (Siriwardana 68)
Second Test, Colombo, day one

Jomel Warrican registered a four-wicket haul on his debut as West Indies came back strongly in the series to dismiss Sri Lanka for 200 on day one of the second Test in Colombo.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to a miserable start as opener Kaushal Silva (0) was dismissed by Jerome Taylor (2-50) from the fourth delivery of the match.

Dimuth Karunaratne (13) and Kusal Mendis (13) tried to steady the innings before the duo departed in consecutive overs leaving Sri Lanka reeling at 34 for three in the 12th over.

Things went from bad to worse for Sri Lanka as Angelo Mathews (14) was dismissed by his counterpart Jason Holder (2-22).

In-form batsman Dinesh Chandimal (25) constructed a 31-run partnership stand with Milinda Siriwardana (68) for the fifth wicket before chopping on a delivery off Taylor's bowling.

Kusal Perera (16) looked shaky throughout as he gifted his wicket to Warrican (4-67) off a loose full toss. That was Warrican's maiden international wicket.

Meanwhile, Siriwardana continued to fight a lone battle from the other end as he reached his maiden Test fifty in 76 balls. 

He was building nifty partnerships with the lower order and things were looking promising for the home team just when Siriwardana had a lapse of concentration.

In a failed attempt to take on Warrican, he threw away his wicket at a crucial juncture and Sri Lanka were 173 for eight at that stage.

Rangana Herath's useful contribution of 26 not out helped Sri Lanka reach the 200-run mark. 

It was Taylor and Holder who did the initial damage with a couple of wickets each, Warrican took four while Kemar Roach (1-30) and Devendra Bishoo (1-18) managed a wicket apiece.

West Indies began their response under thick cloud cover and reduced visibility.

Dhammika Prasad (1-9) drew first blood by dismissing Shai Hope (4) with the final delivery of the first over.

Bishoo (5 not out) was sent in as the nightwatchman to see through the final overs along with Kraigg Brathwaite (4 not out) before the umpires called off the day's play due to bad light with 16 overs to spare. 

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