Port of Spain – Kusal Mendis led a powerful Sri Lankan 2d innings effort however West Indies nonetheless held the benefit at stumps on day 4 of the primary Take a look at on the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Saturday.
Set a frightening goal of 453 when the hosts declared their 2d innings at 223 for seven simply after lunch, the guests reached 176 for 3 by means of the shut with Mendis unbeaten on 94.
They require any other 277 runs at the ultimate day and will probably be hoping their captain Dinesh Chandimal, who retired sick on 15 within the afternoon consultation, can resume his innings to reinforce a crew that appeared utterly out of competition at first of the day’s play.
For the reason that the sector report for the best possible a hit run chase within the fourth innings of a Take a look at fit is 418 – set by means of the West Indies in opposition to Australia in Antigua in 2003 – the chances are very a lot stacked in opposition to the Sri Lankans, particularly with the pitch providing extra variable soar that would turn out increasingly more hazardous at the ultimate day.
On the other hand, if Mendis can mirror the choice he confirmed via just about 4 hours on the crease and get the strengthen from his teammates, beginning with nightwatchman Lahiru Gamage, then a draw on the very least nonetheless stays an opportunity.
His innings has no longer been with out incident, although, as he would were given out stuck at the back of off rapid bowler Shannon Gabriel when on six had West Indies captain Jason Holder opted for a tv referral of the no longer out ruling given at the box.
Mendis, who has to this point confronted 186 deliveries and struck two sixes and 9 fours, was once additionally dropped on 42 by means of wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
It was once Bishoo who claimed the overall wicket of the day simply earlier than dangerous mild ended play when he had Roshen Silva stuck and bowled off a vanguard.
Gabriel had previous sent Mendis’s opening spouse Kusal Perera to a primary slip catch by means of Devon Smith within the fourth over of the innings and after Chandimal left the sector along with his private rating on 15.
Former skipper Angelo Mathews added 74 runs with the resolute Mendis till he fell to a leg-side catch by means of Dowrich off Holder for 31.
Previous, having driven the lead past the 400-run mark within the morning consultation once they misplaced 3 wickets and added an extra 78 runs, together with Kieran Powell for a most sensible rating of 88, West Indies batted for an extra 15 mins within the afternoon consultation earlier than Holder declared.
It was once the primary time because the drawn 1985 fixture in opposition to New Zealand in Georgetown, Guyana that the West Indies had declared in each innings of a Take a look at fit.
Lots of the consideration within the morning consultation surrounded the possibility of Powell attaining a fourth Take a look at century.
Impressing along with his sublime stroke play in attaining 64 in a single day, the left-hander appeared smartly on the right track to achieve 3 figures however an error of judgement introduced an finish to his innings as he didn’t get to the pitch off an tried leg-side flick off spinner Dilruwan Perera and change fielder Jeffrey Vandersay took a excellent catch diving ahead at midwicket.
Rapid-medium bowler Lahiru Kumara once more led the Sri Lankan effort with figures of 3 for 40 to complete with seven wickets within the fit.