TEST: Dowrich, Holder revive WI after early wobble


West Indies recovered from a precarious 147-5 to post a respectable 246-6 by stumps on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. Only 84 overs were possible on the day as the Sri Lankan bowlers were guilty of a slow over rate.

After losing openers Kraigg Brathwaite (3) and Devon Smith (7) cheaply and were 99-3 at lunch, West Indies got starts from the rest of the line-up with Kieran Powell hitting 38, Shai Hope 44 and Roston Chase 38.

But, a tea time score of 153-5 meant the visitors were enjoying the better of the exchanges. It took wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and skipper Jason Holder to avoid a total meltdown with a sixth wicket partnership of 90.

The duo kept the bowlers at bay for 29.5 overs and when Holder fell for 40 at 237-6, Dowrich and Devendra Bishoo batted to the close at 246-6.

Dowrich is not out on 46 (133 balls; 5x4s), while Bishoo, who has faced 32 balls, is yet to score. Lahiru Kumara has so far picked up 3-57.

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