COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – A different West Indies team. Showing greater spunk than their seniors. But facing a too familiar fate.
The West Indies ‘A’ Team closed the third day of their unofficial four-day ‘Test’ against a strong Sri Lanka A facing defeat after a dramatic batting collapse in their second innings today.
Trailing by 110 runs on first innings, the West Indies ‘A’ ended the day at the Khettarama Stadium on 165 for nine – only 55 runs in front heading into tomorrow’s final day.
Left-hander Vishaul Singh top-scored once again with 46, tail-ender Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai chipped in with 34 while captain Shamarh Brooks got 28, but West Indies A struggled to put meaningful partnerships together.
They were undermined by left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan who claimed three for 47 while seamers Asitha Fernando (2-16) and Asela Gunaratne (2-30), along with off-spinner Charith Asalanka (2-27) all supported with two wickets each.
West Indies A never really recovered from losing left-hander Kieran Powell for a first-ball ‘duck’ to the sixth ball of the innings, bowled by Fernando, and they quickly tumbled to 31 for three as opener Rajendra Chandrika (5) and John Campbell (22) also fell cheaply. Powell and Chandrika are trying to rebuild their international careers and would have been disappointed with their double failures for the A team.
For the second time in the game, Singh and Brooks came together to repair the innings, this time putting on a crucial 44 for the fourth wicket.
Vishaul faced 111 deliveries and struck five fours while Brooks failed to find the boundary in his 95-ball innings.
When Brooks was caught at the wicket off Gunaratne, wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton (8) joined Vishaul to post further 28 for the fifth wicket before things fell apart.
Hamilton’s dismissal – caught and bowled by Asalanka – triggered another slide as West Indies A lost four quick wickets for 29 runs, to collapse to 132 for eight.
Only a 33-run, ninth wicket stand between Motie-Kanhai and Keon Joseph (9 not out) saved the tourists from being bowled out late in the day.
Motie-Kanhai faced 69 deliveries and counted four fours before becoming Sandakan’s third wicket of a fine spell.
Earlier, heavy-set Antiguan off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, whose star continues to rise, added two more wickets to his six off Wednesday to finish with career-best eight for 108 as Sri Lanka A, resuming on 348 for eight, were eventually dismissed for 386.
Gunaratne, unbeaten on 15 overnight, made 38.
WEST INDIES A 1st Innings 276
SRI LANKA A 1st Innings
(overnight 348 for eight)
*D Karunaratne c wkp Hamilton
b Motie-Kanhai 131
K Perera b Cornwall 87
L Thirimanne c Brooks b Cornwall 2
R Silva c Singh b Cornwall 17
C Asalanka c Brooks b Roach 18
+N Dickwella c Brooks b Cornwall 59
A Gunaratne c Powell b Cornwall 38
A Fernando c Powell b Cornwall 0
L Sandakan lbw b Cornwall 0
L Kumara not out 12
A Fernando b Cornwall 4
Extras¬†(b2, lb4, w1, nb11 18
TOTAL¬†(all out; 104.5 overs) 386
Fall of wickets: 1-167, 2-171, 3-201, 4-232, 5-317, 6-337, 7-337, 8-337, 9-382, 10-386.
Bowling: Cornwall 38-8-108-8 (nb2), Roach 17-2-76-1 (w1, nb1), Leveridge 3.5-1-25-0 (nb1), Joseph 10-0-66-0 (nb7), Motie-Kanhai 32-5-98-1, Campbell 4-0-7-0.
WEST INDIES A 2nd innings
R Chandrika lbw b Gunaratne 5
K Powell b Asitha Fernando 0
J Campbell lbw b Sandakan 22
*S Brooks c wkp Dickwella b Gunaratne 28
V Singh c wkp Dickwella
b Asitha Fernando 46
+J Hamilton c & b Asalanka 8
K Roach lbw b Asalanka 2
R Cornwall lbw b Sandakan 3
G Motie-Kanhai lbw b Sandakan 34
K Joseph not out 9
Extras¬†(b1, w1, nb6) 8
TOTAL¬†(9 wkts, 75.5 overs) 165
To bat: R Leveridge
Fall of wickets:¬†1-1, 2-24, 3-31, 4-75, 5-103, 6-116, 7-116, 8-132, 9-165.
Bowling: Asitha Fernando 5-1-16-2 (nb1), Kumara 10-2-30-0 (w1, nb1), Gunaratne 15-4-30-2 (nb2), Sandakan 25.5-7-47-3 (nb1), Asalanka 14-5-27-2, Anuk Fernando 6-0-14-0 (nb1).
Position: West Indies A lead by 55 runs.
Toss: West Indies A.
Umpires: Heemantha Boteju, Deepal Gunawardene.