West Indies v Sri Lanka 1st Day, 1st Test: Windies on top as Holder takes 5fer
Jason Holder had the excellent figures of 5-27 as West Indies took full control over Sri Lanka on the opening day of the first Sandals Test match on Sunday.
The tall seam bowler engineered a batting collapse as the last five wickets fell for 19 runs as the visitors were bowled out for 169 on a good surface at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
West Indies *13/0 (13 ov)
Sri Lanka 169/10 (69.4 ov)
Close of Play Day 1 - West Indies trail by 156 runs
A day that belonged to @windiescricket. They go to stumps at 13/0 after bowling Sri Lanka out for 169.@Jaseholder98's 5/27 the difference on day one.#WIvSL | https://t.co/mHPz6gNKhJ pic.twitter.com/4rd4UJwc5U— ICC (@ICC) March 21, 2021
Holder registered his eighth five-wicket haul in Tests off 17.4 overs and in the process reached 200 first-class wickets. He was supported by Kemar Roach who took 3-47, to move to 33 wickets at this venue in his sixth match.
Holder started by having Dinesh Chandimal caught at the wicket by Josh Da Silva just before lunch to leave Sri Lanka at 54-3. He later accounted for top scorer Lahiru Thirimanne, who was bowled for 73 – which came off 180 balls and included four boundaries.
West Indies batted through the final hour to reach 13-0 at the close, with captain Kraigg Brathwaite on three not out and John Campbell on seven not out.
Speaking on the Sandals Player Zone, Holder said: “It’s very pleasing, the ball came out very well, my rhythm was very good, and I also managed to get some movement off the pitch, so it was great to get among the wickets and pick up a five-for on the first day. We bowled really well, and we couldn’t have asked for much more. The discipline I showed with the ball was the key. Hopefully, going on later in the game I could make another major contribution with bat and with the ball.”
He added: “It was really good to see the batsmen fighting it through this evening as well, in what was a very important period. We want to go on tomorrow and set up a big total. That would be important for us as well. We were also very good in the field.”
The match resumes on Monday at 10am (9am Jamaica Time).
West Indies - Kraigg Brathwaite(c), John Campbell, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva(wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Sri Lanka - Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Embuldeniya, Dushmantha Chameera
Start Time: 14:00
Toss: West Indies won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound
Officials: Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson, Nigel Duguid, Leslie Reifer, Richard Richardson
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