Kraigg Brathwaite heroics paves the way for West Indies victory

Sport360 staff 18:42 24/10/2015
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Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal in action against West Indies.

The second Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies is delicately poised after day three but there are fears the weather could have the final say in Colombo.

The tourists bowled out Sri Lanka for 206 in the second innings to leave themselves with a target of 244 for victory.

They made it to 20 for one before tea, but there was no play thereafter as rain began to fall and more is forecast, with an early start scheduled for Sunday as a result.

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Sri Lanka began the day on 76 for two but soon lost Kaushal Silva, who added only one to his overnight score of 31 before edging Jomel Warrican into the slips.

Just two balls later, Dinesh Chandimal followed for 12 thanks to an inside edge off Jerome Taylor which was pouched by Denesh Ramdin, leaving Sri Lanka on 84 for four.

Angelo Mathews and Milinda Siriwardana set about rebuilding the innings, with the latter smacking two sixes as they got the scoreboard moving.

However, their partnership ended when Kraigg Brathwaite bowled around the wicket and found an outside edge which Jermaine Blackwood snapped up to send Siriwardana back for 42.

Mathews stuck around a while longer, making 46 before an ambitious reverse-sweep helped Brathwaite bring up his maiden Test five-for, but his partners had been departing regularly and by that point Sri Lanka were on 206 for nine.

Moments later, Brathwaite had his sixth victim as Nuwan Pradeep went for a duck and Sri Lanka were done.

Brathwaite could not perform any such heroics with the bat, trapped lbw by Dhammika Prasad for just three as West Indies began their reply, but Shai Hope had quickly made 16 as the tourists made some progress before the close.

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