PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – West Indies grabbed an early wicket but were then frustrated in their quest for further breakthroughs as Sri Lanka battled their way to tea, on the penultimate day of the opening Test here Saturday.
Set a mammoth 453 for victory at Queen’s Park Oval, Sri Lanka were 65 for one at the interval, still requiring a further 388 runs in the remaining four sessions of the encounter in order to pull off an improbable victory.
Opener Kusal Mendis was unbeaten on 24 while Angelo Matthews was on eight not out.
The wicket to fall was that of Kusal Perera who perished in the fourth over of the innings for 12, caught at first slip by Devon Smith attempting to work fast bowler Shannon Gabriel into the onside.
Captain Dinesh Chandimal was compact in his 23 balls at the crease before complaining of feeling unwell and retiring on 15 with the score on 49.
Earlier, West Indies declared their second innings on 223 for seven, 13 minutes following the resumption from lunch.