West Indies and Sri Lanka will resume their tough battle to claim the first Test on Day 5 at Trinidad.
After the hosts dominated the first three days, the Lankans fought hard on Day 4 to gain some ground courtesy a stupendous unbeaten 94 from Kusal Mendis. They need 277 to win the first Test on final day, with seven wickets in hand.
Chasing a mammoth target of 453, Sri Lanka ended the penultimate day on 176 for 3, with Perera having Lahiru Gamage for company. Apart from Mendis’ brilliance, Sri Lanka’s batting wasn’t that great as Kusal Perera fell cheaply while skipper Dinesh Chandimal retired hurt on 15. Angelo Mathews got to 31 but was caught behind off Jason Holder’s bowling. Devendra Bishoo then sent back Roshen Silva caught and bowled for 14.
Earlier, West Indies resuming on 131 for 4, declared on 223 for 7. Kieran Powell was dismissed for 88 while Holder contributed to a quick 39. Lahiru Kumara again shone for Lanka with 3 for 40 while Rangana Herath claimed 2 for 52.
West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Devon Smith
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Gamage, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Roshen Silva, Mahela Udawatte, Jeffrey Vandersay