NORTH SOUND, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA: Kraigg Brathwaite batted by means of the day for an unbeaten 99 because the West Indies reached a decent 287 for seven at stumps on the opening day of the second and ultimate Test against Sri Lanka on the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Monday.
Personifying endurance and perseverance in a fashion so typical of the suitable-handed opening batsman, Brathwaite did all he might to defy a bowling assault by which senior seamer Suranga Lakmal once more led the road.
Put in on a pitch which supplied some help to the seam bowlers, Brathwaite’s gritty defiance was obligatory after Lakmal had claimed the early honours for the guests with two early wickets and added the scalp of the struggling Jermaine Blackwood within the afternoon session to finish the day with three for 71 from 20 overs.
With opening companion John Campbell gone together with first Test century-maker Nkrumah Bonner throughout the house of a couple of deliveries to Lakmal within the first hour, West Indies captain Brathwaite was content material to let the attacking Kyle Mayers have his manner in a 3rd-wicket partnership of 71.
The left-hander driving his luck to 49 solely to fall within the first over of the afternoon to Vishwa Fernando.
Dhananjaya de Silva, fellow spinner Lasith Embuldeniya and Sri Lanka’s different seamer, Dushmantha Chameera, took a wicket every to then have the West Indies languishing at 222 for seven within the ultimate session of the day.
However Brathwaite discovered one other resolute companion in Rahkeem Cornwall, the burly off-spinner enhancing his claims to turning into a real all-rounder with an unbeaten 43 in a partnership which has realised 65 runs to this point for the eighth wicket.
Brathwaite’s innings has spanned six-and-a-half hours by which he confronted 239 balls and struck 11 fours.
“Sri Lanka are a very disciplined bowling unit so for me it was about capitalising on the few bad balls and taking my time, letting the ball come to me,” mentioned Brathwaite in reflecting on an effort which takes him to the verge of a primary Test century for 19 matches.
“I think we have lost two wickets too many, but I am still happy with the position although the first session on the second day will be crucial.”
Fresh from profession-finest Test innings figures of 5 for 47 per week earlier on the identical venue, Lakmal wasted no time in justifying the choice by his captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, to place the West Indies in.
Campbell fell to a simple catch by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella whereas Bonner, who defied the Sri Lankans for seven hours in compiling an unbeaten century to make sure a draw within the first Test, fell with out scoring, enjoying on to the crafty quick-medium bowler.
Both groups are unchanged from the primary Test the place the vacationers rallied from a 102-run first innings deficit to grab the initiative, just for the house aspect to bat by means of the ultimate day to comfortably make sure the stalemate.
Sri Lanka are searching for a primary-ever Test sequence triumph within the Caribbean.
The West Indies are eager to comply with up their sequence success in Bangladesh in February with a house triumph forward of a prolonged worldwide break to accommodate the Indian Premier League.