KINGSTOWN – Kraigg Brathwaite and Narsingh Deonarine led West Indies A’s charge in their first innings after another rain-hit day in the 2nd ‘Test’ at Arnos Vale today.
In many ways, the day started similar to that of Day 2, when not a ball was bowled. Rain was in the air throughout the early morning but held up enough for the ground staff to dry the ground and have it ready for a 9:30 a.m. start. However, the clouds hung low, and just after the first over was delivered by Sheldon Cotterell, a heavy drizzle came down.
But today’s periods off the field were no where near as long as Day 2. Within a short space of time, the players were back out. As if the rain had something to do with it, Cotterell and fellow pacer Miguel Cummins fired up. The former had been threatening for much of his early spell and he was rewarded with the big wicket of centurion Kaushal Silva for 119.
Not long after, Cummins would account for the wicket of right-arm pacer, Suranga Lakmal. Eventually Sri Lanka A were bowled out twenty minutes before Lunch for 314. Cummins finished with 4-70 while Jonathan Carter had 3-51.
With ten minutes to Lunch, the West Indies A opening batsmen had to see out a tricky two overs. Kraigg Brathwaite and Assad Fudadin saw the hosts to the break. However, after the break, Fudadin pushing at a delivery outside off-stump, gave Lakmal his first wicket.
At 4 for 1, skipper Kirk Edwards strolled out to the middle. But he didn’t last very long, falling victim to a delivery that kept a little low, and uprooting his off-stump. West Indies A were now 9 for 2. Leon Johnson helped Brathwaite do some minor repairs, but after being dropped twice, he failed to take advantage of his luck, pushing a delivery from Lakmal straight into the hands of cover.
Narsingh Deonarine and Brathwaite would take West Indies A to Tea on 77 for 3. Both batsmen would start their own show in the final session. As they both settled in and became more comfortable at the crease, the Sri Lanka A bowlers became frustrated.
Brathwaite crossed his 50 in no time. He was well supported by Deonarine, who also crossed his 50. Both batsmen put on an unbroken stand of 115 runs to strengthen the backbone of the West Indies A 1st innings.
Rain returned with a half-hour left in the day’s play, ending the day’s play. Deonarine was on 58 while Brathwaite was 70. Whether both batsmen can get to triple figures tomorrow will perhaps be the game’s only interest. (windiescricket)