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West Indies v Sri Lanka 3rd Day, 1st Test: Kyle Mayers first Test wickets for West Indies

West Indies bowlers toil to break the partnership of Thirimanne (59*) and Fernando (79*)
West Indies bowlers toil to break the partnership of Thirimanne (59*) and Fernando (79*)
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Kyle Mayers captured his first Test wickets when he produced two critical strikes in two overs to break a century stand. The seam bowler kept West Indies chances alive on the third day of the match after half-centuries from Oshada Fernando and Lahiru Thirimanne threatened to put Sri Lanka on top on Tuesday. from Oshada Fernando and Lahiru Thirimanne threatened to put Sri Lanka on top on Tuesday.

Match Summary

West Indies 271/10 (103 ov)

Sri Lanka 169/10 (69.4 ov) & *255/4 (86 ov)

Day Break : Day 3 Session 3, Sri Lanka lead by 153 runs.

SCORECARD


With Sri Lanka cruising on 170-1, half-hour after tea to wipe out their 102-run first innings deficit, captain Kraigg Brathwaite called on Mayers, who removed Fernando for 91 with his first delivery and then Dinesh Chandimal for four in his very next over

Kemar Roach added the wicket of Thirimanne for 76 a few overs later as Sri Lanka lost three wickets for 19 runs in the space of 45 balls. Then, Dhananjaya de Silva stroked 46 not out and Pathum Nissanka, an unbeaten 21, to see Sri Lanka to the close on 255-4.
Mayers finished 2-10 off four overs while Roach has 228, leaving West Indies trailing by only 153 runs heading into Wednesday’s critical fourth day at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
“I’m happy to get my first Test wicket.” Mayers said on the Sandals Player Zone.
“I like to be in the game – I’m that kind of person. I like to win games for my side, so bowling, batting, fielding – any part of cricket at all I can play to win the game for my side, I will do that. “I think the wicket is a good one – it has flattened out nicely.  Obviously they had the upper hand today but the game is still evenly poised. We’re still in the game.”
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka needed only two overs to wrap up the West Indies first innings for 271 after the home side resumed the morning on 268-8. Left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando (2-52) bowling Rahkeem Cornwall for 61 and then hit Shannon Gabriel plumb in front without scoring, four balls apart in his first over.

Playing XIs

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

 

Match Details

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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