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Rain dampens West Indies fightback after Brathwaite's six-wicket haul

Rain dampens West Indies fightback after Brathwaite's six-wicket haul
Kraigg Brathwaite celebrating the wicket of Rangana Herath on day three of the second Test in Colombo.
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Sri Lanka 200 & 206 (Brathwaite 6-29) v
West Indies
163 & 20-1 (Hope 17no)
Second Test, Colombo, day three

Rain played spoilsport for West Indies in their fightback after Kraigg Brathwaite took a six-wicket haul to dismiss Sri Lanka for 206 in their second innings on day three of the second Test in Colombo.

Needing 244 for a win to level the series, West Indies lost Brathwaite early ending the day at 20 for one before the heavens opened.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka resumed the innings on their overnight score of 76 for two.

Four overs into the day, Jomel Warrican (2-62) found the edge of Kaushal Silva (32) and the catch was taken in the slips.

In the first ball of the next over, Jerome Taylor (2-26) bowled an off cutter that nipped back in to Dinesh Chandimal (12) and flew off the inside edge. Denesh Ramdin took a fantastic catch diving away to his right to leave Sri Lanka struggling at 84 for four.

Milinda Siriwardana (42) began positively by hitting two boundaries and followed it up with a six in the 42nd over. Shai Hope dropped a tough catch offered by Siriwardana at short leg off Warrican.

Angelo Mathews (46) and Siriwardana added 67 runs for the fifth wicket. Brathwaite (6-29) struck with his part-time off breaks, as Siriwardana nicked a delivery to first slip.

On the stroke of lunch, Kusal Perera (5) tried to play a cut but edged it to the keeper, giving Brathwaite his second wicket. Sri Lanka went into the lunch break with the score at 165 for six.

Post lunch, Rangana Herath (18) played a useful 26-ball cameo and added 30 runs along with Mathews for the seventh wicket.

Herath fell when a top edge was caught by the slip fielder off Brathwaite. Dilruwan Perera (7) holed out to deep mid-wicket off Brathwaite leaving Sri Lanka reeling at 203 for eight.

The dream spell for Brathwaite continued as he completed his maiden five-wicket haul when Mathews was caught by Blackwood at slip trying to execute a reverse sweep.

Brathwaite and Blackwood combined once again to dismiss Nuwan Pradeep (0), bowling out Sri Lanka for 206 runs in 75.3 overs.

The wicket of Pradeep was Blackwood’s fifth catch in the innings. Warrican and Taylor took two wickets each to back up Brathwaite’s six-wicket haul.

That gave West Indies a target of 244 runs to win the match and square the series; Hope (17 not out) managed to strike two boundaries in the second over.

Sri Lanka opted to review a lbw decision against Hope. The replays showed the ball marginally clipping the top of the off stump and the umpire’s call stood.

It started to drizzle as tea was just around the corner. Prasad (1-4) got the breakthrough for Sri Lanka by trapping Brathwaite (3) plumb in front. The umpires called for an early tea break due to rain.

The start of the final session was delayed as the rain began to intensify. The umpires waited for over 40 minutes and with no improvement in the weather, play for the rest of the day was abandoned.

West Indies went into stumps needing another 224 runs to win with nine wickets in hand.

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