Nissanka (103), Dickwella (96) leave West Indies facing huge target


West Indies ended day four of the first Test against Sri Lanka on 34-1, 341 runs away from a challenging victory target set by Sri Lanka. The Caribbean side, set a target of 375, lost John Campbell for 11, before skipper Kraigg Brathwaite (8*) and Nkrumah Bonner (15*) batted to the close.

The day belonged to Sri Lankan pair Pathum Nissanka and Niroshan Dickwella, whose 177-run, sixth-wicket partnership frustrated West Indies on the penultimate day.

Sri Lanka made 476 all out with debutant Nissanka scoring a magnificent 103 and Dickwella a career-best 96. Their efforts backed up Oshada Fernando’s 91 and 50 from Dananjaya DeSilva.

Bowling for West Indies, fast bowler Kemar Roach took 3-74 off 27 overs, off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall bagged 3-137 from 42.5 overs and Kyle Mayers 2-24 off nine overs.

Scores in the match: Sri Lanka 169 and 476; West Indies 271 and 34-1.

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