Sri Lanka had their backs to the wall as they lost an early wicket and saw their captain falling ill before reaching tea at 65 for one on Saturday chasing 453 for victory against the West Indies.
The hosts ended their innings soon after lunch at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. Kieran Powell top-score with 88 before captain Jason Holder declared the innings at 223 for seven.
Thereafter, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel struck early when Kusal Perera attempted to play a full delivery to the on-side but got a thick edge to Devon Smith at first slip.
The Windies could have had another wicket but Holder refused to review a not out verdict to an appeal for a catch of opener Kusal Mendis by keeper Shane Dowrich off Gabriel. Replays showed the batsman got a faint edge.
Captain Dinesh Chandimal then suddenly went down on his knees feeling unwell, forcing Angelo Mathews to bat earlier than expected.
After some medical attention, Chandimal left the field leaving Mathews in the company of Mendis.
Earlier, the focus was on Powell as he approached a fourth Test century. Pacer Lahiru Kumara trapped Dowrich lbw for his seventh wicket of the match.
Thereafter Holder added 42 for the sixth wicket with Powell but that stand got broken when Powell failed to get to the pitch of an attempted flick off spinner Dilruwan Perera and substitute fielder Jeffrey Vandersay took a diving catch at midwicket.
Holder fell lbw for 39 attempting a reverse sweep against Rangana Herath.
West Indies set Sri Lanka a target of 453 after lunch on the fourth day of the first Test in Trinidad.
Batsman Kieran Powell missed out on a century by 12 runs but the hosts managed to declare their innings on 223 for seven at the Queen’s Park Oval.
The hosts had decided not to enforce the follow-on after gaining a 229-run first-innings lead.
Captain Jason Holder showed positive intent before he was dismissed before the break, out lbw for 39 while attempting a reverse sweep against left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.
However, the Windies scored just 78 runs in the first two hours of play which suggested they wanted to bat Sri Lanka out of the match and also tire out the players.
Earlier, the left-handed Powell started from his overnight score of 64 and look well set with first innings centurion Shane Dowrich. However seamer Lahiru Kumara trapped Dowrich lbw. It was the bowler’s seventh wicket of the Test.
Holder added 42 for the sixth wicket before Powell fell for 88 as he attempted a flick off spinner Dilruwan Perera towards midwicket.
There was something to celebrate for Thailand on Saturday as their women’s team registered their first-ever victory against a Full Member.
Chasing 104 in their T20 Asia Cup match, they reached their target off the final ball to seal a thrilling four-wicket triumph over Sri Lanka.
It was a remarkable result for Thailand who went into the match as underdogs as they have no international status.
Wongpaka Liengprasert took 5-12 in her four overs, before returning to hit the winning runs in a vital nine-ball 13 at the Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur. It was their second win of the tournament.
Earlier, Naruemol Chaiwai had top-scored with 43 to set them up for victory after Sri Lanka were all out for 104.
India and Bangladesh, who finished in the top-two in the league stage, will contest Sunday’s final.