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Randiv picks up three wickets as West Indies falter in rain-affected game

Suresh Randiv registered figures of 3-33 on day one of the tour game against West Indies in Colombo.
Suresh Randiv registered figures of 3-33 on day one of the tour game against West Indies in Colombo.
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West Indians 127-6 (Brathwaite 46) v
Sri Lanka Board President’s XI

Tour match, Colombo, day one

West Indies struggled to get going in the rain-affected practice game against the Sri Lanka Board President's XI in Colombo as Suraj Randiv picked up three wickets to stake a claim for a Test berth.

West Indies won the toss and opted to bat first, but the start of the game was delayed for almost an entire session due to a wet outfield.

The openers Kraigg Brathwaite (46) and Rajendra Chandrika (18) got off to an extremely cautious start.

After an eventless first hour, Sri Lanka managed to strike with the wicket of Chandrika, who fell to Suranga Lakmal (2-10).

Brathwaite and Darren Bravo (21) began to bat positively and made sure no more wickets fell until the tea break. West Indies were well placed at 78 for one at this stage.

However, the visitors lost two wickets in the first two overs of the post-tea session as Randiv (3-33) managed to dismiss Bravo while Lakmal dismissed Marlon Samuels (0) for a duck.

In the 35th over, Randiv got his second wicket of the day by accounting for Jermaine Blackwood (3) to keep West Indies down to 94 for three.

Meanwhile, Brathwaite's 102-ball vigil came to an end after he was trapped lbw, by left-arm pace bowler Vishwa Fernando (1-21).

It wasn’t long before Randiv struck again as he made Shane Dowrich (3) his third victim.

Denesh Ramdin (5 not out) and Shai Hope (24 not out) ensured that West Indies saw through the remaining overs of the day without losing any further wickets adding 14 more runs to the total.

From 46 overs of play managed on day one, West Indies reached 127 for six. 

Randiv was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while Lakmal was very disciplined and picked up two wickets as well.

There is more rain forecasted for the second day of the practice game as well.

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