West Indies set Sri Lanka huge target of 377


Sri Lanka closed the penultimate day of the second and final Test against West Indies on 29-0, facing a massive victory target of 377. Openers Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne closed a day dominated by West Indies on 17* and 11* respectively.

Scores in the match: West Indies 354 and 280-4 declared; Sri Lanka 258 and 29-0.

At the start of the day, Sri Lanka, resuming on their overnight 250-8 added just eight runs with Kemar Roach picking up the final two wickets to end with 3-58. Pathum Nissanka was dismissed for 51, as Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder picked up two wickets each.

West Indies, with a lead of 96, declared on 280-4 with skipper Kraigg Brathwaite following up his first innings century with 85 (196 balls; 4x4s).

Former captain Holder struck an unbeaten 71 (88 balls; 7x4s), while Kyle Mayers continued his good run in Test cricket with 55 (76 balls; 8x4s).

Joshua DaSilva ended on 20*, while Jermaine Blackwood scored 18 and John Campbell 10.

According to Cricket West Indies Media, Nkrumah Bonner’s whiplash symptoms have not improved. He will therefore have no further participation in the Test match.

Dushmantha Chameera and Suranga Lakmal took two wickets each for Sri Lanka, who will start the final day with the likelier option of batting time to avoid defeat.

The first Test ended in a draw.

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