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Windies vs Sri Lanka - 1st Test

Series: Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2018
Venue: Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Date: 06-10 June 2018

Sri Lanka 226/10 (83.2 Ovs) RR: 2.71 | Windies won by 226 runs

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That's all we have from this game. To me, it was the opening spell from Gabriel and Roach in the last hour of the second day which played a major role in the match. Sri Lanka fought hard in the second innings, but it was always a herculean task. The wickets off (non)no-balls will be debated for a while. There were plenty of those which weren't called too. Let's rant about it on some other day. For the Islanders, Kumara and Lakmal were superb with the ball, but it was their batting and fielding which let them down. They have a 3-day gap before locking horns against this rejuvenated Caribbean side at St Lucia. We'll be back for that. Until then, it's goodbye from Abhinand Raghavendran, Kumar Abhisekh Das, Varun Dixit and Mukesh.

Windies take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. This is how the Test unfolded. Dowrich's ton helped the hosts post an above-par score. The fiery 10-over spell from the pace quartet led the platform in skittling the Lankans for 185. Windies batted again and set a target above 450. Mendis recorded a ton, but it was the spinners' show on the final day.

Jason Holder: Extremely happy with the way we have started the series. It wasn't easy - the pitch; Pretty tough upfront for the bowlers. Each bloke came in and put up his hand. Credit to the batters as well. The partnership I had with Shane was really good. The way Bishoo batted was outstanding. He eased the pressure off Shane. We just felt it was a brilliant contribution from the lower order and we backed it up in the field in the first innings. I was not worried. The wicket was deteriorating and I told the boys that we need to keep coming at it. We just need to put the pressure on the Sri Lankans and when we got wickets, we got it in clusters towards the end. Extremely pleased with the way Shane played; was disappointed when Kieran got out yesterday. It happens in the game. It's a matter for him to be consistent, he's been given a new role at No. 3 and hopefully he can solidify the position. We are going to be very hard on ourselves - hopefully we can pick ourselves on the field. One or two chances with the run-outs and a bit of sloppy work from time to time. That's the main area we'd like to improve. This is the first time after long that we went in with a combination of five bowlers and it paid off,. It showed on a surface like this where we had to work hard for the wickets. The extra bowler came up trumps and did a big job. Credit to Roston, he came in and did an excellent job. Devendra was outstanding. Not only he built pressure, but also picked wickets. I am really proud of the guys.

Shane Dowrich, Man of the Match: We played well throughout the five days. We had to work hard to score runs on this pitch, it always had something in it for the bowlers. My thought process was to stick to the basics and It worked out for me. For me, consistency is what I am working on and I will try to be positive and continue to score runs. I would like to thank my batting coach Floyd Reifer, he has done a lot of work for me behind the scenes and it worked out well for me in the match.

Dinesh Chandimal: Our fielding was below par on day 1, we dropped some crucial chances. That's part of the game. We need to learn from the mistakes. We need to re-group as a team. We can take positives from the game, specially Kusal Mendis. It was a special knock and Lahiru Kumara also bowled really well in the first and second innings. Credit to West Indies, they played outstanding cricket. He (Dhananjaya) batted at No.3 in the last 4-5 series and he played some outstanding knocks. I feel we just want to play him. Let's see how it goes.

12:55 Local Time, 16:55 GMT, 22:25 IST: A jubilant Windies team walk off the field. It took just 20 balls to remove the last three wickets after lunch. Ian Bishop on air, says that this is Windies' biggest win (in terms of runs) at Queen's Park Oval. When Windies declared yesterday after lunch, the most probable result was a Windies win. However, Kusal Mendis kept the visitors in the hunt. He registered his fifth Test ton today morning, but his wicket opened the floodgates. The nightwatchman was removed quickly and Chase picked two wickets in five balls just before lunch. He added two more to his tally to finish off the formalities. Varun informs me that the Sri Lankans lost their last five wickets in 26 balls.

83.2
0
Roston Chase to Lahiru Kumara, out Caught by Dowrich!! Gone! Windies win by 226 runs! The slider from round the wicket, Kumara was half-forward to block. It was the straighter one, might have kissed the inside edge and Dowrich makes no mistake behind the sticks. Richard Kettleborough took his time before raising the dreaded finger. Oh, well! Replays show that the ball brushed the front pad. Not sure if there was any bat. Lahiru Kumara c Dowrich b Roston Chase 0(1)

Roston Chase to Lahiru Kumara, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Lahiru Kumara, left handed bat, comes to the crease

83.1
0
Roston Chase to Lakmal, out Caught by Dowrich!! An appeal, Richard Kettleborough raises his finger and there's no review left for Sri Lanka. Lakmal is not happy with the decision. A floater outside off, from a length and turns in a tad. Lakmal sticks his bat out and is too late to withdraw it from the line of the ball. Was there an edge? Replays show that there was daylight. Lakmal has to walk back. Lakmal c Dowrich b Roston Chase 1(4)

Roston Chase to Lakmal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

82.6
1
Devendra Bishoo to Lakmal, 1 run, whipped off the back foot to mid-wicket
82.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Lakmal, no run, comedy of errors! Lakmal saw the width outside off and wafted his bat at it. Goes to backward point and there's a miscommunication between the batters. Lakmal wasn't interested, while Dilruwan Perera was halfway down. The throw comes to the right end - bowler's end. Bishoo makes a mess of it - doesn't hold onto the ball and Perera returns to his crease
82.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Lakmal, no run, in-drifter, blocked

Suranga Lakmal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

82.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Herath, out Caught by Shai Hope!! Windies didn't take the second new ball and that's the reason. Loopy leg-break from round the wicket, pitches on the rough and turns in. Herath comes half-forward to block, the extra bounce catches his glove and balloons up to forward short leg. Straightforward catch for Hope there. Windies are two wickets away from a win. Herath c Shai Hope b Devendra Bishoo 0(7)

Devendra Bishoo to Herath, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

82.2
0
Devendra Bishoo to Herath, no run, turns in from the rough outside off and keeps low, Herath is well equipped to blunt it towards short leg
82.1
1
Devendra Bishoo to Dilruwan Perera, 1 run, flighted delivery, drifting into the pads, gently patted to mid-wicket
81.6
1
Roston Chase to Dilruwan Perera, 1 run, pushed through on middle and leg, Perera uses the angle to nurdle it to square leg. Keeps the strike
81.5
0
Roston Chase to Dilruwan Perera, no run, airy off-break around off, Perera defends off the inside half
81.4
0
Roston Chase to Dilruwan Perera, no run, allows the ball to turn and nudges it to FSL's left
81.3
0
Roston Chase to Dilruwan Perera, no run, flatter trajectory, poked towards point
81.2
0
Roston Chase to Dilruwan Perera, no run, slightly too full, Perera prods and defends
81.1
0
Roston Chase to Dilruwan Perera, no run, floater outside off, doesn't turn, Perera presses forward to defend and gets beaten on the outside edge

Spin from both ends. ICYMUM, second new ball is available.

80.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Herath, no run, too full, smothered into the 22-yard strip
80.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Herath, no run, gets behind the line to blunt it into the leg-side
80.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Herath, no run, non-turner outside off, Herath pokes and gets beaten
80.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Herath, no run, forward and blocked
80.2
0
Devendra Bishoo to Herath, no run, leg-break pitched outside off and turned in a tad. Herath plays inside the line expecting the ball to turn a lot. Doesn't and missed the outside edge by a few inches
80.1
1
Devendra Bishoo to Dilruwan Perera, 1 run, shortish leg-break, worked through mid-wicket

Welcome back for the post-lunch session. 3 wickets versus 231 runs! How long will this Test last? Here's Bishoo with a slip, gully, forward short leg and silly point in place.

Lunch, day 5: Windies started the day slightly ahead and they have ended it almost a whisker away from the victory. They are just three wickets away from clinching this match and taking 1-0 lead in this series. Mathews in his interview before the start of the day said Sri Lankans will play some attacking cricket but on-field the cricket they portrayed was almost in contrast to his words. Mendis after making the ton got out to a brute of a ball from Gabriel, who has been sensational in this match and Chandimal had a brainfade moment. On the stroke of lunch, Dickwella was rapped in front of wickets by Chase and that ensured that hosts not only won the session but owned it.

79.6
0
Roston Chase to Dickwella, out Lbw!! He is plumb in front, what an end to the session for Windies. Dickwella was sweeping everything against the spinners but this time he decided to play a defensive shot to the off-side. Ball pitches on the fuller length and held its line, Dickwella played for the turn and ended up playing down the wrong line and ball rapped him on the pads. Dickwella went for a review, it was a desperate one and ball tracking proved his call of taking a review wrong within a minute. Dickwella lbw b Roston Chase 19(32) [4s-4]

Roston Chase to Dickwella, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Review time: Dickwella has been given OUT on-field. There is no inside edge and ball tracker shows three reds

79.5
0
Roston Chase to Dickwella, no run, fuller length ball, driven to cover
79.4
0
Roston Chase to Dickwella, no run, another sweep, got an edge and ball falls short of second slip
79.3
4
Roston Chase to Dickwella, FOUR, flighted and outside off, he went outside the line and sweeps it to fine leg for a four

Dilruwan Perera, right handed bat, comes to the crease

79.2
0
Roston Chase to Chandimal, out Caught by Kraigg Brathwaite!! Brainfade moment for Chandimal, what has he done. He will be kicking himself. This is a massive moment in the match. It was a flighted ball at the stumps, Chandimal wasn't entirely sure of playing a lofted shot, in the end he went through with the shot and got more of a top-edge. Ball scoops up in the air and Braithwaite runs back and makes no mistake at little wide of mid-on. Chandimal c Kraigg Brathwaite b Roston Chase 27(83) [4s-2]

Roston Chase to Chandimal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

79.1
0
Roston Chase to Chandimal, no run, comes on the front foot and defends to cover
78.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, fuller length ball outside off, outside half of the bat to the off-side
78.5
4
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, FOUR, flighted and at the stumps, takes out the sweep shot and connects it exceedingly well through square leg for a four
78.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, playing with danger by staying on the back foot on that fuller length ball. It kept low but he adjusted well to defend it to the off-side

Silly point, FSL and a slip in place.

78.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, gets a good stride forward to keep it down
78.2
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, blocks that fuller length ball right under his eyes
78.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, fuller length and outside off, driven it back to the bowler
77.6
0
Roston Chase to Chandimal, no run, drives it handsomely through cover
77.5
0
Roston Chase to Chandimal, no run, flighted delivery at the stumps, Chandimal misses the clip and ball raps him on the pads. Ball hits him above the knee-roll
77.4
0
Roston Chase to Chandimal, no run, fuller length and at the stumps, defended to silly mid-off
77.3
0
Roston Chase to Chandimal, no run, another block to the off-side
77.2
0
Roston Chase to Chandimal, no run, fuller length and outside off, straight bat defensive shot to the off-side
77.1
0
Roston Chase to Chandimal, no run, attempted sweep goes wrong. He was rapped on the pads but managed to get himself outside the line, so no major appeal

Roston Chase [5.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

76.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, straight delivery outside off, Dickwella adjusts and blocked to the off-side
76.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, leg break turning in to Dickwella, with the turn to leg-slip
76.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, sharp delivery it bounced after extra after pitching, Dickwella adjusted well to keep it down
76.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, massive stride forward to stop the ball from turning. Defended to the off-side
76.2
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, gets a good stride forward to defend that fuller length ball to point
76.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, fuller and in those rough patches, blocked to the leg-side

Slip and a FSL in place.

75.6
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, pushes his length further up, defended to the leg-side
75.5
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, straight bat defensive shot to square leg on that fuller length ball aiming at the stumps
75.5
3
Roach to Chandimal, no ball, 2 runs, fuller length and at the stumps, clipped to fine leg for a brace
75.4
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, ball bounced a tad extra after pitching on that fuller length, Chandimal adjusts well and takes one hand off the handle to block it down to point
75.3
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, touch fuller of good length and at the stumps, straight bat comes out and he blocks it to the off-side
75.2
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, on a good length and aiming at the stumps, defended back
75.1
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, sways away from the line of the ball and lets it go
74.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, flighted delivery turning in to Dickwella who takes his bottom hand of the willow to block it down
74.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, goes on the back foot and defends it back to the bowler
74.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, fuller length and outside off, driven to point
74.3
1
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, 1 run, comes on the front foot and drives to mid-off for a single
74.2
4
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, FOUR, attempted googly gone wrong. It pitches on short of length, gives Chandimal enough time to rock back and pull over deep mid-wicket for a four
74.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, comes on the front foot and blocks to the off-side. Ball bounced a touch extra but Chandimal was in control of that defensive shot
73.6
0
Roach to Dickwella, no run, on that good length and outside off, left alone
73.5
0
Roach to Dickwella, no run, beaten. Pitched on that good length and straightened, ball defeats his outside edge. The replays did show that there was a snick. Second time in this Test that the bowling unit has failed to spot a fine nick
73.4
0
Roach to Dickwella, no run, on that fuller length again and outside off again, defended to cover again
73.3
0
Roach to Dickwella, no run, much fuller and at the stumps, defended to cover
73.2
4
Roach to Dickwella, FOUR, on a good length and at the stumps, Dickwella wanted to block it down, ball catches the outside half of the bat and goes through slip cordon for a four
73.1
4
Roach to Dickwella, FOUR, beautiful shot! He comes on the front foot and drives it handsomely through cover for a four
72.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, peach! Ball pitched on the fuller length and turned away, Chandimal played inside the line and ball defeated his outside edge
72.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, too full and at the stumps, defended off the crease to the off-side
72.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, fuller length and at the stumps, blocked to the off-side
72.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, straight delivery at the stumps, defended back
72.2
1
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, 1 run, turning in to Dickwella who turns it to the leg-side and takes a run
72.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, gets outside the line of the ball and misses the sweep again
71.6
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, on a good length and at the body, tucked to square leg
71.5
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, shortish ball that bounces more than the batter expected it to, defended off the splice
71.4
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, again well wide of the crease, touch fuller of good length and outside off, left alone
71.3
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, goes wide of the crease and bowls at the stumps, Chandimal lets the ball come to him and blocks it
71.2
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, on that good length and at the stumps, defended to the off-side. He almost slipped at the time of delivering the ball
71.1
1
Roach to Dickwella, 1 run, fuller length and at the pads, nudges it to fine leg for a single

Kemar Roach [12.0-3-45-0] is back into the attack

70.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, tossed up again and at the stumps, defended to the off-side. He played it right under his eyes
70.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, flighted leg-break outside off, watches the line, lifts his bat and lets it go
70.4
1
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, 1 run, goes on the back foot and nudges it to fine leg for a single
70.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, stayed in the crease and defended to the leg-side
70.2
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, gets outside the line of the ball and wanted to sweep, misses it and ball goes to Holder at leg-slip. It hit his arm and went
70.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Dickwella, no run, fuller and outside off, blocked to the off-side
69.6
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, on a good length and just outside off, defended to cover
69.5
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, just short of good length and in that corridor of uncertainty, in that nagging length where batsman isn't sure to come forward or go back. He was stuck in the crease and ball goes past his outside edge
69.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, defended back to the bowler
69.3
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, short of length delivery at the body, blcoked to the off-side
69.2
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, another short of length delivery outside off, driven off the back foot to cover who dives and stops the ball
69.1
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, short of length delivery outside off, hops in the crease sligtly and defends to the off-side

Niroshan Dickwella, left handed bat, comes to the crease

68.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Gamage, out Lbw!! Gamage has been given out on-field and the batsman has gone for the review instantly. There is a gap between bat and pad so there isn't any edge involved. Ball tracker shows three reds and the nightwatchman will have to depart. Ian Gould was heard on air saying, 'well done umpire Aleem Dar.' Gamage was defending well but Devendra Bishoo had a trick of googly up his sleeve and Gamage was completetely deceived by it. He played for the away going ball and played down the wrong line, ball rapped him on the pads and the umpire Aleem Dar had no hesitations in raising his finger. Gamage lbw b Devendra Bishoo 3(49)

Devendra Bishoo to Gamage, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Review Time

68.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Gamage, no run, again that stride forward and a similar defensive shot
68.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Gamage, no run, good stride forward and blocks that fuller length ball to the off-side
68.3
1
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, 1 run, pushes to long-off and takes a single
68.2
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, well tossed up leg-break, catches the top of the bat of Chandimal and drops short of silly point
68.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, fuller length and at the stumps, blocked back
67.6
0
Miguel Cummins to Gamage, no run, much better line on this short of length ball, Gamage was forced to play at it and he did well to keep it down, took his bottom hand of the handle
67.5
0
Miguel Cummins to Gamage, no run, length of this bouncer was perfect but line wasn't, it was down the leg-side and Gamage leaves it without any discomfort
67.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Gamage, no run, no feet movement at all on that fuller length ball, waited for the ball and opened the face of the bat to slip at the last moment
67.3
1
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, leg byes, 1 run, back of a length at the body, deflected off the pads to square leg
67.2
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, on the fuller length and down the leg-side, Dowrich collects it to his left
67.1
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, beaten by the pace, he wanted to tuck to square leg but outside half of the bat to the off-side
66.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Gamage, no run, gets a good stride forward and outside half fo the bat to Holder at second slip, used soft hands to counter the ball and hence it dropped short of slip
66.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Gamage, no run, fuller length and outside off, left alone
66.4
1
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, 1 run, uses the depth of the crease remarkably well and cuts it to deep point for a run
66.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, blocked back to the bowler

Another close in fielder comes in, Holder at second slip.

66.2
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, flighted leg-break catches the outside edge of Chandimal, just short of Devon Smith at first slip
66.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Chandimal, no run, fuller length and not much turn, blocked to the off-side

One slip and a FSL in place.

Devendra Bishoo [10.0-1-32-1] is back into the attack

Drinks! First hour of play has been about the Windies team attacking and the Lankan team dodging it. It is like one team in paintball having all their color pellets intact and the other already out of stock with their ammunition. 16 runs, 1 wicket in 12.2 overs tells you the story. The narrative will be taken forward by our young sensation -- Varun!

65.6
0
Miguel Cummins to Gamage, no run, squares the batsman up and pushed out into the off-side
65.5
0
Miguel Cummins to Gamage, no run, covers the line of the sticks and lets it go as the ball was hurled in outside off
65.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Gamage, no run, brutal from a pacer to another pacer. The ball again creeps up from a short of length spot for the batsman to be playing at it. But it straightened out late and ended up beating the bat
65.3
0
Miguel Cummins to Gamage, no run, back of a length delivery and has been barricaded out to FSL off the back foot. The batsman hopped up and played it with a defensive blade
65.2
0
Miguel Cummins to Gamage, no run, that was bowled well on a length outside off but it needed to be closer for the batsman to be playing at it. The ball swerved away but all of it happened after it passed the bat
65.1
1
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, 1 run, first run after 14 balls. Length delivery nipped in and was tucked away behind square for a single
64.6
0
Roach to Gamage, no run, he is seeing it well. The wicket largely does not have unplayable demons. You just need to make your luck count. Sees the line outside off and leaves it alone
64.5
0
Roach to Gamage, no run, again an attack at the sticks and the batsman hung back to block the ball out. The short of length delivery did not bounce up rather skidded on
64.4
0
Roach to Gamage, no run, attacking the sticks with a fuller length ball and the batsman presents a dead bat to it
64.3
0
Roach to Gamage, no run, the bumper does not scale a lot of height. The batsman again saw it early and ducked under it. The keeper did well to pouch it
64.2
0
Roach to Gamage, no run, he is getting more confident. Sees the line and length, prods forward and blunts the ball out into the off-side
64.1
0
Roach to Gamage, no run, length ball bending in and the batsman defends it from the crease
63.6
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, pushed away from the crease as the ball was put on a length outside off
63.5
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, length, well outside off and left alone
63.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, poked away from the crease as the ball landed slightly short of length
63.3
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, back of a length delivery and has been left alone. It moved a lot in the air after passing the bat, again
63.2
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, action replay of the previous ball. The ball was banged in and the batsman had to sway away quickly for him to stay out of the harm's way
63.1
0
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, no run, wow! Not a bad first ball to bowl. That was short, forces the batsman to arc up like a 'C'. The ball moved a lot more after it passed the bat and that meant there was an appeal but there was no edge as the ball was not close to the hanging bat

Miguel Cummins [8.0-1-22-0] is back into the attack

62.6
0
Roach to Gamage, no run, batting clipping the pad? Or my ears are still playing the music from a saturday evening? That length ball almost peeled the edge as the batsman poked at it and ended up playing inside the line of the ball. The batsman in the followthrough of his shot might have had his bat tickling front pad
62.5
0
Roach to Gamage, no run, length delivery outside off and has been blocked out with an open face of the bat
62.4
1
Roach to Chandimal, 1 run, goes really wide of the crease and angles it into the batsman. The batsman chips the ball away off the pads and the ball lands just away from the man at mid-wicket
62.3
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, short arm jabbed away to the man at cover as another length ball nipped in from an angle over the wicket
62.2
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, fuller length delivery outside off and has been shouldered arms
62.1
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, short, woefully wide, Chandimal decides to see it through

Kemar Roach [10.0-2-44-0] is back into the attack

61.6
0
Gabriel to Gamage, no run, better from Gabriel as he tries to cramp the batsman down. Gamage gets a loose bottom hand defence out to block the ball into the deck. The ball landed just short of a length and climbed up which was negated nicely by the batter

Only 14 runs in 45 minutes from the Lankans.

61.5
0
Gabriel to Gamage, no run, fuller and wider, ignored
61.4
1
Gabriel to Chandimal, 1 run, hangs in his crease and knocks the ball away to the on-side for a single
61.3
0
Gabriel to Chandimal, no run, the previous over saw the balls taking off. Now it is rolling like a dice. Length delivery outside off and it rolls down for the batsman to under-edge the ball away to the keeper
61.2
0
Gabriel to Chandimal, no run, length outside off and has been fenced out more confidently
61.1
0
Gabriel to Chandimal, no run, that kept low! The batsman gets the bat down in time to a length ball by hopping back. Gabriel again went wide of the crease

Credit to Gabriel for going wide of the crease and then forcing the batsman to play the angle. But it drifted away at the last moment and that prompted the edge. The keeper did well to leap up and take it well over his head.

60.6
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, finally gets the line right as he gets it to straighten after landing it on off. The batsman opens the face of the bat to guide it into the off-side
60.5
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, little bit on the pads and the batsman is cramped up on the clip. Gets hit on the pads
60.4
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, a glued set of bat and pad come down on a length delivery. The ball trims the inner half of the bat and moves to FSL
60.3
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, length delivery dwindling away, left alone
60.2
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, full ball, going down, the batsman gets rapped on the pads. The appeal though never had any conviction
60.1
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, shortish ball, the batsman drops his wrists and lets it go

Dinesh Chandimal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

59.6
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, out Caught by Dowrich!! The aeroplane has got its passenger. That took off on the variable runway at the POS. The ball bounced more and it straightened as well after landing on a back of a length spot. The batsman had to play at it and the ball ends up nicking the gloves. Fine nick but that will do. Look at the delight on the faces of the Windies team. It is a fair delivery as well. Gabriel has broken through with a peach of a parabola. Kusal Mendis c Dowrich b Gabriel 102(210) [4s-10 6s-2]

Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

59.5
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, treks back and defends it out into the off-side as the ball was delivered short again. Only 135kph was the speed on it but it skidded through
59.4
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, bangs the ball short outside off and Kusal Mendis plays miles inside the line of the ball as the ball straightened after landing
59.3
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, oopsy! That could have trudged back on to the sticks. The yorkerish delivery outside off and the batsman jammed it out. The ball popped up and spun backwards towards the sticks. The batsman was ignorant about the whereabouts of the ball but thankfully it went past the sticks
59.2
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, wayward delivery down the leg-side, Dowrich collects
59.2
1
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no ball, Gabriel oversteps! He has a habit of bowling it, not a good habit to have. It was again on the short of length ball, Kusal Mendis stands tall in the crease and defends to the off-side

Blue skies all around Port-of-Spain but at the same time it is drizzling right now. What an irony!

59.1
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, his favorite short of length and outside off, stays in the crease and blocked to the off-side

Gamage is getting some treatment from the physio. He was hit by Gabriel in the second last over.

58.6
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, angles in from a length but was going down. The appeal was made as the bowler cleared his throat but he also knew it that it was going easily down
58.5
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, slightly shorter of a good length and the batsman allows the ball to come to him and open the face of the bat on impact
58.4
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, straightens a tad bit after landing outside off. Was too wide for the batsman to be playing at it
58.3
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, better from Gamage as he leaves it outside off. The ball never threatened to do enough off the wicket
58.2
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, he is still flinching his right hand between balls. This time pushes the ball out from the crease as it decked in
58.1
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, back of a length delivery outside off and the batsman has defended it away into the off-side off the back foot

Appaling over rate again to start off. 24 minutes has seen only 4.2 overs being bowled.

57.6
1
Gabriel to Gamage, 1 run, on the pads, down leg, tickled fine and has been cut off by the man at fine leg
57.5
0
Gabriel to Gamage, no run, the bottom hand has been pinged upon by a length ball which shot up as he tried to play back to it. The batsman immediately looked in pain and the physio has been summoned. The magic spray is doing its bit
57.4
1
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, forward push to a length ball angled in at the sticks. The ball had enough legs for a brace but the running with a lower-order batsman is not that easy. The man at mid-on cuts it off
57.4
1
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no ball, full ball outside off and has been blocked with the full face of the bat
57.3
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, looks to traverse a non-existent gap between bat and pad with a full ball. On-driven carefully to the man at mid-on
57.2
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, 139 kph delivery and hits the shoulder of the blade. The batsman wanted to knock it away into the on-side from the crease but fails to do as the ball bounced a little bit more on him
57.1
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, the length ball squares the batsman up outside off and has been guided to the man at gully

Would have loved seeing Roach bowling from one end as well. Two slips and a gully for Gabriel.

56.6
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, little nip off the surface and the batsman misses the clip off the front foot. The ball was hitting the pads pretty high and thus no appeal from the Windies camp
56.5
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, fuller, attacking the sticks and has been blunted out into the deck
56.4
0
Holder to Gamage, no run, strides forward and blocks the ball out into the off-side
56.3
1
Holder to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, pitched up but on the pads. The batsman clips it uppishly and carefully to eke a single to long leg
56.2
4
Holder to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, a ton for the Lankan opener! His first hundred away from Asia. This has been a fantastic knock. Takes the helmet off and soaks it in. He has been lucky but has made it count. That delivery was on the pads and the batsman made no mistakes to put it away between fine leg and deep square leg
56.1
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, it is moving in for Holder and the batsman saw the line being wide enough to be left alone
55.6
0
Gabriel to Gamage, no run, angles the ball in from a length and the tuck is missed. The ball lobs up off the pads and goes on a few bounces to the man just behind square leg
55.5
2
Gabriel to Gamage, 2 runs, full and swinging in, the batsman clips the ball uppishly past FSL for a couple
55.4
0
Gabriel to Gamage, no run, banged in short. Not a bad way to say hello to a tailender. The batsman hunkers down to let it go
55.3
1
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, looks to hit the stick line and has been nurdled away into the on-side with a closed face of the bat for a single. Man at mid-on covered a few steps to his right to stop that
55.2
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, the batsman tries to cover the line of the ball bowled from wide of the crease but fails to get bat. The ball nipped in and beat the outer edge as the batsman played inside the line of the ball. It also kept very low but thankfully was away from the sticks
55.1
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, length ball decks in and has been nudged away to the man at mid-on. little bit of extra bounce but was guarded well

Gabriel to Mendis. Will something give here? Mendis only five away from his fifth Test ton.

54.6
1
Holder to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, too straight, too easy for the ball to worked away off the pads to deep square leg for a single
54.5
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, he got Mathews caught down leg. Seeems to be chancing his arm again and bowls another one down leg. The batsman misses it
54.4
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, fuller length delivery and has been defended into the off-side
54.3
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, length again, outside off and the batsman shoulders arms. Again thought of playing at it
54.2
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, that was a floaty full ball outside off and the batsman almost edges it to the keeper as he went chasing half-heartedly
54.1
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, short ball down leg. The batsman fails to tuck it and the keeper took it too casually to drop the take. Don't think there was bat on it

Jason Holder [10.0-4-18-1] is back into the attack

53.6
0
Gabriel to Gamage, no run, fuller outside off and has been shouldered arms
53.5
0
Gabriel to Gamage, no run, gingerly hangs his bat outside off and the ball did not deck back in enough. The ball escapes the outer edge

Sunny G @ pitch report: Some of the cracks have opened up where the balls have landed regularly. That is the area where the Windies bowlers will try to hit. Compliment to the groundsman to have prepared a good Test match wicket. You want a good contest between the bat and the ball and that is what the curator has ensured. We are in for an interesting finish.

Angelo Mathews: You know it is obviously the fifth day of the Test and we would try to play positively and chase it down if possible. We're not in the mindset to play negatively. We're looking to go out and score runs. The wicket is not at all easy. It is a bit up and down. You have to play according to the balls bowled at you. They have got a very good pace attack and a couple of good spinners. We have to be up for the challenge. Invariable bounce is causing a bit of trouble to the batsmen but not a lot of turn. You don't want to get out to a delivery down the leg-side. Pretty disappointed. The skipper will be out there in the park when the team needs him to fight it out.

The old ball might reverse a bit and the second session will see the second new ball(26 overs to go) being hurled with renewed vigour. Windies are favourites but then I won't be surprised if a few people have their bets hedged to decide the tag of favourites on the final day.

But a lot will depend on Mendis with 277 still needed. He has the game to ride the turbulent crests and duck deep when faced with deadly troughs. Playing for a draw has always been the difficult option but even that is a possibility. For support, he has Gamage now, a nightwatchman. But how often have we seen promotions like these working for teams even on a difficult wicket.

To compound Lanka's problems, their skipper had to go off while batting pretty solidly. Migraine is what we thought was the reason. It is still unknown but we know that he will come out and bat if needed.

The Windies pacers have outbowled their counterparts. The four-pace pronged attack has kept the Lankan batsmen on a check and quick runs have come only in a few passages. Attrition has ruled the roost for most of the Test. Even tweakers Bishoo and Chase did well to keep it tight.

09:30 Local Time, 19:00 IST: The first Test between Windies and Lanka till the final session on day 4 was like a sine wave - continuous in nature - with Windies dominating it throughout. But then the tables turned a bit. Mendis was fortuitous and rode his luck to ensure Lanka are still in the game. It was expected there would be mild inundations on the 22 yards by now but surprisingly the wicket still has runs to offer if you have patience as a virtue in the barter system trade of the bat and the ball.

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All three results are still possible going into the final day. But if Windies don't win it from this situation, they would be terribly disappointed. Kusal Mendis will be key to this run-chase. Can he replicate his Pallekele heroics in Port of Spain tomorrow? Join us at the same time and same place.

17:25 Local Time, 21:25 GMT, 02:55 IST: Another exhilarating day of Test match cricket in which neither bat dominated nor ball. This match is set up beautifully for the final day. Windies were miles ahead in the game when they dismissed Kusal Perera early in the second session but since then it has been a rearguard action of the highest caliber from Kusal Mendis and company. Kusal led the charge with Chandimal, who retired ill after making 15, we are still not sure about the reason. Mathews came to the crease and he looked like the Mathews of old, but the Windies skipper got the better of him and then Bishoo deceived Roshen Silva on a peculiar ball in the final stages of the day to hand over the ascendancy again to Windies.

53.4
0
Gabriel to Gamage, no run, perfect yorker at the pads, Gamage gets his bat down just on time to dig it to the off-side. Light is not good enough to carry on and that would be stumps on day 4
53.3
0
Gabriel to Gamage, no run, on a good length and tailed back in sharply, inside-edges the block back onto his pads
53.2
0
Gabriel to Gamage, no run, short of length delivery outside off, left alone

Two slips, FSL and leg-slip in place.

53.1
1
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, on a short of length and at the body, tucked to square leg
52.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Gamage, no run, 2 slips, FSL and silly point in place. Pitches on a fuller length, blocked to the off-side

Lahiru Gamage, right handed bat, comes to the crease

52.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Roshen Silva, out Caught&Bowled!! One of the softest dismissals I have seen. What was Roshen Silva doing there, he should have been forward on that fuller length ball but he decides to stay in the crease, ball pitched on middle and turned away from Roshen Silva who ended up playing a nothing shot. He lofted the ball in the air and gave the catch to Devendra Bishoo on a platter. Such things can only happen on the final innings of a Test match. Roshen Silva c and b Devendra Bishoo 14(23)

Devendra Bishoo to Roshen Silva, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

52.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Roshen Silva, no run, fuller length at the stumps, blocked back

Over the wicket.

52.3
1
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, nudges it to square leg for a single
52.2
4
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, touch short and Kusal Mendis latches onto it, he presses forward and then rocks back in a blink of an eye to pull it over deep mid-wicket for a boundary
52.1
2
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, 2 runs, leg-spinner turning it to Kusal Mendis who flicks it using his wrist for a brace
51.6
0
Gabriel to Roshen Silva, no run, on a back of a length and at the stumps, defended to the off-side
51.5
2
Gabriel to Roshen Silva, 2 runs, short of length at the stumps, hops in the crease slightly and tucks it to square leg for a brace

Two slips and a leg-slip in place.

51.4
1
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, Kusal Mendis stayed in the crease, let the ball come to him and opened the face of the bat to guide it to third man for a single
51.3
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, fuller and at the stumps, driven to mid-on
51.2
1
Gabriel to Roshen Silva, 1 run, forces Roshen Silva back with that short of length delivery and then pitches this one up at the stumps, Roshen Silva was quick to get his bat down. He nudges it wide of mid-on for a single
51.1
0
Gabriel to Roshen Silva, no run, banged in short at the body, Roshen Silva ducks and ball goes over his head to the keeper who collects the ball by keeping his finger up
50.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, gets his bat down on time on that leg-spinner and defends it to the leg-side
50.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, fuller length ball at the stumps, blocks it to the leg-side
50.4
4
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, gift of a delivery, full toss at the stumps. Kusal Mendis drives it wide of mid-off for a four. He only had to place the ball which he did well
50.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, down the leg-side, Kusal Mendis misses the ball and it misses the keeper too, short fine leg fields it
50.2
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, again outside leg, off the pads to the off-side
50.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, outside leg, deflected off the pads to short fine leg

Round the wicket to Roshen Silva. He will look to pitch on rough outside leg and would hope for ball to misbehave.

49.6
1
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, shuffles slightly to the off-side to come inside the line of the ball, tucked to fine leg
49.5
4
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, outside edge but wide of gully for four. He played inside the line of the ball but good thing was he played with soft hands so ball wouldn't have carried to slip
49.4
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, on short of length again, punched to cover
49.3
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, stands tall on that short of length ball to block it down to the leg-side
49.2
2
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, 2 runs, this 143 kmph delivery defeats Kusal Mendis for pace, he was late on the shot and inside half of the bat takes it to the leg-side for a double
49.2
3
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no ball, 2 runs, that is a huge no-ball. It was too straight at the stumps, nudges to deep mid-wicket for a brace
49.1
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, on a good length and outside off, defended to the off-side

Shannon Gabriel [8.0-2-29-1] is back into the attack

48.6
1
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, yorker length at the stumps, flicked using wrists to the leg-side
48.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, on a fuller length and straightened after pitching, Kusal Mendis gets his bat down on time to block
48.4
1
Devendra Bishoo to Roshen Silva, 1 run, fuller length and at the stumps, flicked to the leg-side for a run

Second slip is in now.

48.3
3
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, 3 runs, good bowling this from Devendra Bishoo, he pitches it on the fuller length again and enticed Kusal Mendis to drive, Mendis falls into the trap and he went for the drive. Ball takes his outside edge and went wide of first slip
48.2
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, flighted leg-break outside off, driven to cover
48.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, not much turn on that fuller length delivery outside off, left alone

Devendra Bishoo [7.0-1-16-0] is back into the attack

47.6
1
Holder to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, on the pads, glanced to fine leg for a single

Changes the angle, round the wicket now.

47.5
1
Holder to Roshen Silva, 1 run, on a good length and at the stumps, clipped to fine leg for a run
47.4
0
Holder to Roshen Silva, no run, beauty from Holder! In that corridor of uncertainty, Roshen Silva played inside the line and ball defeats his outside edge
47.3
0
Holder to Roshen Silva, no run, length was same but line wasn't, it was well outside off and Roshen Silva leaves it alone
47.2
0
Holder to Roshen Silva, no run, good length and at the stumps, inside half of the bat to square leg
47.1
2
Holder to Roshen Silva, 2 runs, tad fuller of good length and at the stumps, tucked to the leg-side for a brace
46.6
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, good length delivery aiming at the stumps, straight bat block back to the bowler
46.5
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, drags his length a lot fuller, blocked back to the bowler
46.4
6
Roach to Kusal Mendis, SIX, attacking instinct of Kusal Mendis, takes charge and gets hold of it well. It was on that short of length again and Kusal Mendis had enough of it, got inside the line of the ball a touch and just hooked it over fine leg for a maximum
46.3
1
Roach to Roshen Silva, 1 run, fuller length at the stumps, turned to fine leg for a single
46.2
0
Roach to Roshen Silva, no run, on a good length and outside off, left alone
46.1
0
Roach to Roshen Silva, no run, banged in short down the leg-side, Roshen Silva manages to get away from the line and it thuds into the gloves of Dowrich
45.6
3
Holder to Roshen Silva, 3 runs, on a fuller length and at the stumps, driven wide of mid-on where Gabriel chases it and cuts it down to three. That sprint from Gabriel saves 1 run for his team, he would have lost some calories too
45.5
0
Holder to Roshen Silva, no run, touch fuller of good length and at the stumps, blocks it right under his eyes
45.4
0
Holder to Roshen Silva, no run, spraying down the leg-side, Roshen Silva won't play at it. He ignores it
45.3
0
Holder to Roshen Silva, no run, length ball at the stumps, defended to the off-side
45.2
2
Holder to Roshen Silva, 2 runs, stands tall and tucks it to square leg for a double
45.1
0
Holder to Roshen Silva, no run, oh dear! He is lucky to survive. He isn't picking up the length early, it was on a back of a length and Roshen Silva wasn't sure whether to fend or block. Ball nipped back after pitching and hit the right thumb. Rolls towards the cordon
44.6
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, short of length at the body, he stood tall in the crease and blcoks it to the off-side
44.5
4
Roach to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, gorgeous shot! Pure hand and eye co-ordination on that shot reminded me of a certain player named Sehwag. It was on a good length, Kusal Mendis got a semi-stride forward and he just goes through with the drive wide of mid-off for a four
44.4
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, on a good length and at the stumps, blocked to the leg-side
44.3
1
Roach to Roshen Silva, 1 run, attempted yorker outside off, driven to mid-off where Gabriel almost overruns, in the end he stretches his left hand to collect the ball
44.2
1
Roach to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, short of length delivery at the body, tucked to fine leg for a single
44.1
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, on a good length and at the stumps, straight bat block to square leg
43.6
0
Holder to Roshen Silva, no run, on short of length and outside off, identifies the length a touch late but did well to leave it alone

Roshen Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease

43.5
0
Holder to Mathews, out Caught by Dowrich!! This dismissal has come against the run of play. Mathews will be gutted with himself. It was filthy delivery down the leg-side, Mathews was touch casual in tucking and the Dukes kissed his inside edge. Dowrich moves to his left and takes a fine catch. Mathews c Dowrich b Holder 31(80) [4s-3]

Holder to Mathews, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

43.4
0
Holder to Mathews, no run, much better! On that good length and outside off, left alone
43.3
2
Holder to Mathews, leg byes, 2 runs, Holder with his pace in not going to trouble these batsmen on short of length ball. Mathews tucks this short of length delivery to fine leg for a brace
43.2
0
Holder to Mathews, no run, wayward delivery down the leg-side, Mathews had no chance to put bat to that ball and Dowrich collects it to his left
43.1
1
Holder to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, picks up the short of length early, goes inside the line of the ball and tucks it to fine leg for a single

Jason Holder [7.0-4-8-0] is back into the attack

42.6
1
Roach to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, on a fuller length and outside off, Kusal Mendis plants his front foot forward and drives it wide of mid-off, timing wasn't as good as he would have liked and mid-off cuts it easily
42.5
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, on a good length and at the stumps, tucked to the leg-side
42.4
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, sharp bouncer! Kusal Mendis bends low to duck under it. He was slightly late to identify the length and had to take evasive action in the end
42.3
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, on a good length and at the pads, clips it straight to square leg
42.2
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, straight bat block back to the bowler
42.1
1
Roach to Mathews, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, cuts straight to point and takes off for a quick single, fielder there had a shy at the stumps, misses it

Kemar Roach [7.0-2-29-0] is back into the attack

41.6
4
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, short ball and four. The batsman was quick to pick the length up, slashed it and got it through the off-side, behind square for a four. Rolled his wrists over it to keep it down
41.5
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, the outer half meets the ball on the forward push. The ball landed on a length, decked in and was pushed away
41.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, length outside off and has been ignored
41.3
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, back of a length delivery outside off and was steered away to find the man at gully

The umpire seems to have missed another no-ball as the first ball was also a no-ball

41.2
1
Miguel Cummins to Mathews, 1 run, tucked fine on the on-side to fine leg
41.1
0
Miguel Cummins to Mathews, no run, again the ball takes off and this time Mathews is caught in a soup. He swims through as there was no one cover point. The ball landed, crept up and straightened to make the batsman's efforts look ugly
40.6
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, fuller, at the stick, driven to mid-on
40.5
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, that was a rip-roarer! The ball lands short and takes off with the batsman in no position to account for the extra spice from the wicket. Kusal Mendis must have thanked his heavens as the ball was outside off else he would have had to play at it
40.4
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, back of a length delivery and the batsman hangs back to blunt the ball out into the on-side
40.3
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, wide, full, the batsman fails to time the drive. Cue-ends it to mid-off
40.2
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, angles in from wide of the crease and has been blocked into the on-side
40.1
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, back of a length delivery outside off and does not move a lot, fenced out into the off-side

Jason Holder [6.0-3-8-0] is back into the attack

The skipper will bowl now. Windies have been unlucky. But you make your own luck in this format.

Drinks! Sri Lanka are in this. Still a long way to go. If this was a sprint, Lanka would have pipped Windies. But the marathon has just finished a quarter and Lanka find themselves ahead, not by much. Mathews is seeing the ball well and same is the case with Mendis.

39.6
1
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, Fifty for Mendis! Sixth in Test cricket. Has been lucky but it is all about making it count. That decked in and the batsman tucked the ball away behind square for a single
39.5
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, cricket and soccer combo! The Foot ball WC is round the corner, right! The drive on the up was kicked away by the bowler in his followthrough
39.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, short, not a lot of width, little bit of extra bounce. The batsman goes for the slash and misses
39.3
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, steered away but fails to beat the man at widish gully. Still on 49. Used the pace of the bowler but did not find the gap
39.2
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, on the up drive and the man at mid-off picks the ball up
39.1
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, length ball from wide of the crease attacking the sticks, has been barricaded out
38.6
1
Roston Chase to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, allows the ball to turn in and then nicely runs it off the closed face of the bat into the long leg region for a single
38.5
0
Roston Chase to Kusal Mendis, no run, tossed up and turning in, clipped away into the on-side
38.4
1
Roston Chase to Mathews, 1 run, drops the ball short and has been pulled down to long-on for a single
38.3
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, again turns in, the batsman again goes back and looks to tuck it away. Same result compared to the previous two deliveries
38.2
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, another tuck off the hips and the man behind square mops the ball up
38.1
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, slow turn into the batsman and Mathews nudges the ball behind square
37.6
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, too full, dragged away to the man at mid-off
37.5
2
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, 2 runs, short ball and has been flat-batted into the off-side for a brace
37.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, comedy of errors won't find a better description. Firstly, two men converged on the ball to ensure they wasted precious seconds in whipping the bails off. It included the keeper and someone from the on-side. Then Mendis was half way through before he was sent back. The throw came in at the batter's end and even that could have been better. All Lanka now..
37.3
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, darting in from wide of the crease, defended to mid-on
37.2
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, length ball outside off and has been pushed out into the off-side with a poking blade
37.1
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, the short ball and it scales a lot of height. The batsman does not play at it
36.6
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, allows the ball to turn in and then nurdles the ball to FSL
36.5
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, stays back and knocks the ball out into the 22 yards
36.4
1
Roston Chase to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, uuhhhhh! Uppish tuck and the FSL was not too far away. But then the replays paint a not-so-happening picture. The ball was well away from the man at FSL
36.3
0
Roston Chase to Kusal Mendis, no run, another block to a delivery landing outside off
36.2
0
Roston Chase to Kusal Mendis, no run, flighted just outside off and has been defended
36.1
0
Roston Chase to Kusal Mendis, no run, short, not wide, cut away but finds the man at point
35.6
1
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, back of a length delivery and angling in, tucked fine on the on-side for a single
35.5
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, outside off and left alone
35.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, look at the curve! The perfect figure on a delivery meant to be coming in but went away to beat the poking blade outside off
35.3
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, drops it short of length and the batsman defends it off the back foot
35.2
1
Miguel Cummins to Mathews, 1 run, back of a length delivery and has been tucked away to deep backward square for a single
35.1
0
Miguel Cummins to Mathews, no run, length ball little outside off and has been blunted out off the back foot

Miguel Cummins [4.0-1-12-0] is back into the attack

Almost an hour after tea and Windies have not bargained a single wicket.

34.6
0
Roston Chase to Kusal Mendis, no run, forward and bending, defended into the deck
34.5
1
Roston Chase to Mathews, 1 run, nudged away in the on-side for a single
34.4
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, front foot forward, then comes a bit across to counter for the little turn after it lands on off and defends it
34.3
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, smothers the length and the turn with a push on the on-side
34.2
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, drops his length a bit and has been knocked to FSL
34.1
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, tossed up delivery and has been blocked to FSL

Richard Kettleborough missed out on a huge no-ball in the last over. Gabriel is really keeping everyone busy.

33.6
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, fuller this time and has been on-driven for the man at mid-on to come across that and field it
33.5
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, shortish again, not the same venom and has been defended into the on-side
33.4
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, pace, bounce, a soft top-edge and the ball lands just short of the man at gully. That was banged in brutally and the batsman could not climb up enough to defend that
33.3
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, slightly short of length and has been blocked into the off-side

Another change of bat for Kusal Mendis.

33.2
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, knuckle duster of a delivery? Not really. The length ball did not kick up that much and has been guarded into the on-side
33.1
1
Gabriel to Mathews, 1 run, back of a length delivery and has been pushed away off the back foot into the off-side for a single. The single was dicey and a better pick and throw from the man at cover would have had the batsman running to batting end in some trouble
32.6
0
Roston Chase to Kusal Mendis, no run, pushed away into the on-side as the ball was given a lot of air
32.5
1
Roston Chase to Mathews, 1 run, knocked away behind square on the on-side for a single
32.4
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, tossed up and turning in, the batsman looks to defend and gets hit on the pad. The imnpact was well outside off
32.3
1
Roston Chase to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, a front footed clip into the on-side past mid-wicket for a single
32.2
1
Roston Chase to Mathews, 1 run, rolls like a dice as the bowler gave it air but Mathews does well to tuck the ball away on the on-side for a single
32.1
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, full at the sticks, clipped to FSL

Roston Chase [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack

31.6
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, digs in the short ball for the batsman to stay behind the line of the ball and drop it down under his eyes
31.5
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, full delivery outside off and has been driven on the up to mid-off
31.4
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, again spears in the length ball from wide of the crease for it to meet a blunted bat
31.3
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, good shape going away from the right-hander and the batsman leaves it alone. Was too wide
31.2
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, another delivery nipping in from wide of the crease and has been blocked into the on-side
31.1
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, wide of the crease goes the bowler and angles the ball in. Defended back to the bowler

And that was a drop!! - Over 30.4 - The ball cue-ended the bat and Dowrich could not fetch it clean. A case of hard hands at the point of clutching it.

30.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, the flipper keeps low and the batsman does well to tuck the ball away to mid-wicket
30.5
1
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, shortish again, cut away this time as there were lesser revs on it
30.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, was that a drop? The batsman tried to steer the ball away and missed it. The ball bobbled in the gloves of the keeper before he fluffed it
30.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, lot of turn but well outside off and the batsman does not bother to play at it
30.2
1
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, 1 run, tossed up delivery and has been clipped away to mid-on for a single. Fifty for the partnership as well
30.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, shortish ball outside off and has been defended down into the on-side

Mendis has a change of bat. And refills some liquids.

29.6
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, fuller length delivery outside off and the batsman mistimes the drive to mid-off
29.5
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, too full, angling in and has been clipped away to the man at square leg
29.4
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, shortish delivery outside off and keeps low for the batsman to play over the bounce of the ball. A few bounces to the keeper
29.3
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, back of a length delivery and angling in. The batsman taps the ball out but finds the man at gully
29.2
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, hits the bat hard does a shortish ball outside off but was patted away with a slightly horizontally held bat
29.1
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, length ball, decking in, defended into the off-side
28.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, bends low and defends it as another tweaker was thrown up
28.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, solidly behind a leggie which does not turn much and the full face of the bat is impacted upon
28.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, went forward towards the line of the ball, the delivery turned a bit and he left it late
28.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, loopy ball and has been blocked off the front foot
28.2
1
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, well tossed up and the batsman kneels down to sweep the ball away to deep square for a single
28.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, stays back and defends it into the off-side
27.6
4
Gabriel to Mathews, FOUR, Windies need to think about their lines and lengths now. That was short and wide, the batsman was expecting the length and stayed back. Then fetches it from outside off to smack the pull down past mid-on for a four
27.5
0
Gabriel to Mathews, no run, fuller length delivery outside off and the batsman fails to get enough bat on it. Inner-halves the push into the off-side
27.4
3
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, 3 runs, clipped away, aerial hit but that runs away for a triple as the man at mid-on cuts it off near the cow corner fence
27.3
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, another short of length ball and the batsman had his wits about himself not to committ. Squared up a little and blunted it into the off-side
27.2
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, length ball and has been defended into the off-side
27.1
1
Gabriel to Mathews, leg byes, 1 run, quick and angling in, the ball kept low and the batsman seemed to have been hit on the back of the leg as it missed the pads. The batsman could not get any willow on it but that was going down

Shannon Gabriel [4.0-0-21-1] is back into the attack

26.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, dabs the ball down to short third man
26.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, pushed back to the bowler
26.4
1
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, 1 run, knocks the ball away into the on-side for a single behind square
26.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, tossed up and turning away, the batsman trying to push at it, gets beaten
26.2
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, on the sticks and defended
26.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, flattish ball outside off and has been punched off the back foot to mid-off
25.6
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, bangs the ball in and the batsman treks back to combat that. 20 runs off the last two overs. Much needed impetus
25.5
4
Roach to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, fuller ball outside off and the batsman leans into the drive to thread the ball between cover and mid-off for a four. The bat face did turn a bit on impact but he controlled it well
25.4
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, little short of length and the batsman is happy to stay back and defend
25.3
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, banged in short outside off and has been left alone
25.2
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, again bending in, defended into the on-side
25.1
6
Roach to Kusal Mendis, SIX, positivity is an epidemic! That was fuller and on the pads, the batsman nonchalantly clipped the ball away through the square leg region. The ball landed just beyond the ropes for a maximum
24.6
4
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews means business now. Again, surfs out of his crease and provides wheels to the ball by smacking the ball to the right of the bowler. Did not get much elevation but was a flat hit well away from mid-on
24.5
1
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, slider on the pads, the batsman gets the bat down in time to pinch a single to long leg
24.4
1
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, 1 run, slides on to the pads a bit and has been nurdled away fine for a single
24.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, loopy ball on the sticks and pushed out with a straightish bat
24.2
4
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, FOUR, breaking the shackles? Dances out and clubs the ball over mid-off for a four. That was tossed up and the batsman made his intentions clear with a charge at the length of the ball
24.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, forward block to a tossed up delivery
23.6
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, length ball angling in from wide of the crease and has been patted down
23.5
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, back and across. Soldily blunted into the off-side
23.4
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, length outside off and no business for the batsman to play at that
23.3
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, hops back and open-face of the bat meets the ball to send it away into the off-side
23.2
2
Roach to Kusal Mendis, 2 runs, hops back, opens the face of the blade on impact and runs it down through the cordon for a couple. Very nicely done

Has the wicket settled down barring the odd ball? Or set batsmen make the wicket behave differently? #CBHaveYourSay

23.1
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, length, wide enough outside off to be ignored
22.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, tossed up delivery and the batsman pushes the ball away to mid-off
22.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, forward, bending down and defending
22.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, tossed up delivery. Ends up as a full toss and the batsman clips the ball to mid-wicket
22.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, tossed up delivery and the batsman defends it into the off-side
22.2
1
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, short ball and wide, cut away to the man at sweeper cover
22.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, a leggie and the batsman defends it into the off-side
21.6
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, back of a length delivery and has been punched away off the back foot to cover
21.5
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, raps the pad, a bit high and was going down. The ball nips in with the angle and the batsman misses the tuck to be hit. The ball ricocheted away into the off-side
21.4
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, length ball dangling in from outside off and the batsman stays back inside his crease to block it
21.3
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, back of a length delivery and has been tucked away into the on-side
21.2
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, length delivery and dropped down under the nose
21.1
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, and starts with a wild delivery. Short and wide, the keeper does well to gather that. Was unclean but did well to get one glove to it

The players walk out. Roach to start..

Tea, day four: Windies batted for three overs after lunch and declared once the lead crossed 450. Kusal Perera, on a king pair, came out with a positive intent and hit a couple of boundaries, but was removed by Gabriel. In the same over, Kusal Mendis nicked one to the keeper, which wasn't reviewed. But, replays showed that Gabriel had overstepped. Post that, it was sane batting from Mendis and skipper Chandimal. The latter walked off the field holding his head, not sure what that was and how serious it was. Mathews has been pretty solid too, so far. So, this is the equation - nine wickets versus 388 runs! Join us in a short while to find out how the final session pans out.

20.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, quick-ish in-drifter, firmly pushed to cover
20.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, another full ball, a good stride forward to push it into the off-side
20.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, too full, kept out into the off-side
20.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, slightly short, Mendis goes deep and cuts to backward point, where there's a fumble from Chase. No harm done
20.2
1
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, 1 run, in-drifter, Mathews comes forward to block and inside-edges it behind square on the leg-side
20.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Mathews, no run, quick leg-break, Mathews defends it off the back foot

Final over before Tea

19.6
2
Roston Chase to Kusal Mendis, 2 runs, whipped to the right of short mid-wicket, where the fielder was a tad lazy. Can only get a hand on it and concedes a couple of runs
19.5
0
Roston Chase to Kusal Mendis, no run, fired in full on middle and leg at 88kph, Mendis plants his bat in front of his pad to tap it to the bowler's right
19.4
1
Roston Chase to Mathews, 1 run, too straight, blunted through square leg
19.3
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, loads of flight on this delivery and the line's outside off. Mathews drives hard off the front foot, finds the man at cover
19.2
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, forward and blocked
19.1
0
Roston Chase to Mathews, no run, starts with a flat offie at 85kph, a bit of turn inwards and Mathews keeps it out with a straight bat

Roston Chase, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Spin from both ends now. A slip, leg slip and forward short leg in position.

18.6
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, a maiden over. Gets it to drift in a tad does Devendra Bishoo, the batsman presses forward in defence
18.5
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, a back-footed punch, finds backward point
18.4
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, shortens the length, Mendis goes deep to defend
18.3
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, comes forward and defends it stoutly towards cover
18.2
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, flattish leggie on middle, blocked off the front foot
18.1
0
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Mendis, no run, starts with a leg-break that pitches outside off and turns further away, a watchful leave from the batsman

Devendra Bishoo, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Spin time. A slip and forward short leg for the leggie

17.6
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, good length ball, defended from the crease towards cover
17.5
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, 129kph, in-angler on the stumps, straight-batted stonewall back to Roach
17.4
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, clips this pitched up delivery to mid-wicket
17.3
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, full and attacking the stumps, a defensive push back to the bowler
17.2
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, back of a length delivery, poked to point
17.1
0
Roach to Mathews, no run, a pleading appeal for lbw from Roach. Richard Kettleborough is unmoved and Windies decide to go upstairs. Fair delivery. Was angled in from wide of the crease, and it kept coming in. Any bat? Nothing on UltraEdge. Over to HawkEye. Two reds and a green. Windies lose a review. The ball decked in and beat Mathews on the inside edge who played outside the line of the ball. The impact was on the front leg in front of off and middle. 'Over the the top of off' on ball-tracker

A review!

Kemar Roach [3.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack

A cop on the right index finger and the physio is out to have a look at it.

16.6
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, you can't do much as a batsman, when the ball misbehaves like that. Pitched on a short of a good length and reared off the deck, catching Mendis by surprise, who was expecting the ball to bounce so much. Looks to block and gets hit on the right glove
16.5
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, a bouncer at 121kph outside off, Mendis drops his wrists and sways away from it
16.4
1
Holder to Mathews, 1 run, full and gentle outswinger, a defensive tap in front of cover with soft hands
16.3
0
Holder to Mathews, no run, wasted shortish ball down the leg-side, Mathews walks towards off and watches it settle into the mitts of Dowrich
16.2
0
Holder to Mathews, no run, good length delivery way outside off, no shot offered
16.1
0
Holder to Mathews, no run, muted appeal for caught-behind. Short ball going down the leg-side and Mathews misses the tickle. Brushes the thigh pad and the keeper dives to his left to pouch it
16.1
1
Holder to Mathews, no ball, keeps a tad low does this good length ball. Blocked back to the bowler
15.6
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, 136kph, fuller length delivery, Mendis lets it go on line
15.5
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, full in-angler, Mendis is forward to block. Slightly off the inside half
15.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, plays late and with soft hands. Opens the face of the bat to guide this length ball to gully
15.3
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, pitched up and moving away, Mendis chases it with a drive and gets beaten on the outside edge
15.2
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, the length is shortened and Mendis easily fends it on the leg-side
15.1
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, loose from Mendis. Pokes his bat at a ball that should have been left unharmed. Short of a good length ball holding its line around the sixth stump channel. Missed the outside nick by an inch or two
14.6
0
Holder to Mathews, no run, slips in the yorker, which swing late from middle towards off. Dug out
14.5
0
Holder to Mathews, no run, persists with the full-and-wide ball outside off. Left alone
14.4
0
Holder to Mathews, no run, gentle outswinger, full in length, but the line is well outside off. Nothing doing from Mathews
14.3
0
Holder to Mathews, no run, 122kph, short of length delivery, Mathews hops and drops it adjacent to the pitch on the off-side
14.2
0
Holder to Mathews, no run, too wide outside off, Mathews hoists his bat up
14.1
0
Holder to Mathews, no run, back of a length delivery, defended into the leg-side
13.6
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, left alone outside off
13.5
2
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, 2 runs, full and swinging in, Mendis looks to drive and inside-edges it to deep square leg
13.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, short ball on the ribs, Mendis hops and nudges it into the leg-side
13.3
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, pitched up delivery on off-stump, straight-batted block back to the bowler
13.2
5
Miguel Cummins to Mathews, 5 runs, a tap towards cover off the back foot for a quick single. The fielder attacks the ball and has a shy at the striker's end and misses the target. The short leg fielder was quick to back it up, but took evasive action as the ball was flung really hard. The man at deep fine leg Roach got there but a clumsy bent down effort does not help him save four runs
13.1
0
Miguel Cummins to Mathews, no run, 132kph short ball, Mathews takes his eyes off it and looks to get outside the line of the ball by moving towards off. The ball kept coming in and struck Mathews on his triceps
12.6
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, out-seamer on a fullish length, Holder can't induce a shot out of the batsman as the line is well outside off
12.5
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, over-corrects and slides one down the leg-side. Mendis misses the glance, was close to getting a glove on it
12.4
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, the line is further wide and that's been ignored by the batsman
12.3
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, pitches it up does Holder and gets it curl away from the right-hander, Mendis covers his sticks with a stride across and lifts his bat up
12.2
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, 124kph short of length, Mendis wants to play it through square leg. Closes his bat-face and only manages a leading edge towards the off-side
12.1
2
Holder to Kusal Mendis, 2 runs, in-angling length ball on leg, checked glance to the right of mid-wicket. Uppish, but in the gap
11.6
0
Miguel Cummins to Mathews, no run, typical Mathews's defence. Hops back and across to tap a good length ball into the off-side

Three slips, a gully and forward short leg in place for Angelo Mathews

11.5
1
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, rib-tickler, neatly tucked off his hips to deep backward square leg. 50 up for Sri Lanka
11.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, bangs one short, the lift isn't venomous, fended in front of short leg
11.3
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, slants this into the right-hander, attacking the stumps, a mini-shuffle to straight-bat the block back to the bowler
11.2
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, 137kph, good length ball that pitches outside off and seams further away, Mendis lets it be
11.1
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, pitched up delivery, but Cummins errs in his line. Down leg and beats Mendis's flick

Chandimal is in some pain. The physio it out. He's holding his head, now. Probably migraine! He's leaving the ground.. This is not good news for Sri Lanka. Hopefully, it's not serious. Mathews replaces the skipper.

10.6
0
Holder to Chandimal, no run, the length is shortened and the task gets easier for Chandimal to bunt it towards the off-side
10.5
0
Holder to Chandimal, no run, hurls full and the ball swings late - from leg towards middle. Chandimal is well equipped to keep it out into the off-side
10.4
0
Holder to Chandimal, no run, goes on with the angle and Chandimal is beaten on the inside edge as he misses the tuck. Bit of extra bounce as well
10.3
0
Holder to Chandimal, no run, fuller than a good length at 129kph, Chandimal lets it go on line
10.2
0
Holder to Chandimal, no run, back of a length, Chandimal gets on top of it to tap it to cover
10.1
0
Holder to Chandimal, no run, 128kph, skiddy ball from a short of length, that pitches on leg and decks towards middle. Chandimal has no clue, gets squared up and is hit on the box

Drinks!

9.6
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, short ball, Mendis jumps and drops it in front of point
9.5
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, in-angler, a hop followed by a nudge to the right of the bowler
9.4
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, short of length delivery, Mendis blunts it towards mid-wicket
9.3
0
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Mendis, no run, Mendis gets into a tangle. The in-decker from a back of a length with extra bounce. The batsman awkwardly fends it on the leg-side
9.2
1
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, byes, 1 run, 133kph back of a length delivery outside off, Chandimal chases it with a cut - the shot which led to his downfall in the first essay. The extra bounce takes it over the blade and a jumping Dowrich got only a hand on it. A single nabbed via byes
9.1
4
Miguel Cummins to Chandimal, FOUR, starts with a loosener and gets treated with a cracking shot. Short ball with width on offer, Chandimal gets on top of it and punches it firmly through covers

Miguel Cummins, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

8.6
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, fuller length delivery and the batsman does not garner enough weight behind the shot to time it well. Also, the placement was absent as well
8.5
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, much better, lands it on middle and the ball does not seam away this time for the batsman to blunt the ball down on to the on-side with a straightish bat
8.4
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, goes wide of the crease but angles it on the pads for the batsman to nurdle the ball to mid-on
8.3
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, wide delivery and the batsman ignores it
8.2
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, slightly shorter than the previous delivery and that allowed the batsman to hop back and defend
8.1
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, back of a length delivery and it again darts away after landing. The batsman tried to have a feel of it only to be beaten. The length was the key to catch the batsman between two stools
7.6
0
Gabriel to Chandimal, no run, angling away outside off and has been left alone. There was shape on it but the batsman did not show interest in playing at that
7.5
0
Gabriel to Chandimal, no run, misses the radar, a typical delivery when Gabriel is trying too much. The inswinger was let loose in an ill-directed manner
7.4
0
Gabriel to Chandimal, no run, fuller length delivery and a tentative drive on the up fails to beat the slide from the man at mid-off
7.3
1
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, quick short ball at the ribs and the defence mechanism is a shuffle and tuck to fine leg for a single
7.2
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, short ball, does not scale a lot of height but the ball soars over the batsman, who was ducking down

Barring the wicket, Lanka have not done too much wrong here.

7.1
1
Gabriel to Chandimal, 1 run, hop and tuck to fine leg earns him a single as the batsman strayed on to the hips of the batsman
6.6
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, lands on off, nibbles in and has been blunted to the man at mid-on
6.5
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, looks to attack the sticks but has been clipped away to square leg
6.4
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, defended into the off-side off the front foot
6.3
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, a leg break at 123kph. The ball lands on the seam, bounces awkwardly and lucky is the batsman that he was hanging his bat close to his body. The disconcerting bounce also could have had the batsman into trouble had he been jabbing away from his body trying to follow the movement on the ball
6.2
0
Holder to Kusal Mendis, no run, back of a length delivery and angling in, has been defended
6.1
4
Holder to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, down leg and the batsman nudges the ball fine for a four to fine leg. Bad first ball as the bowler drifted so much down leg

Change of attack from Windies. The skipper gets himself on. Three slips and a gully in place.

Jason Holder, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

5.6
0
Gabriel to Chandimal, no run, combatted off the back foot as it tunnelled in from over the wicket
5.5
2
Gabriel to Chandimal, 2 runs, back of a length delivery and angling in, the batsman tucks the ball away behind square for a couple. They took on the arm of the fielder at long leg and make it in the end. A better throw would have the batsman in trouble. Cummins was the fielder there
5.4
0
Gabriel to Chandimal, no run, slightly short of a length and the batsman is happy to stay back and blunt the ball out into the off-side

Lanka are off to a flier here..

5.3
2
Gabriel to Chandimal, 2 runs, handsome drive on the up as the bowler pitched this 150kph parabola fuller. The man at point cuts it off
5.2
0
Gabriel to Chandimal, no run, fuller ball and blocked into the off-side

And talking more about 3.6 - the bowler had overstepped. So, even if they would have reviewed it, would not have helped them much.

5.1
0
Gabriel to Chandimal, no run, full and down leg, the batsman misses the clip. The keeper makes a full length dive to his left to catch that
4.6
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, solidly behind the line of the ball as it was bowled on a length
4.5
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, squared up stance and defended into the off-side as the ball again did not deck in as much as the batter initially expected
4.4
2
Roach to Kusal Mendis, 2 runs, another forceful punch off the back foot as he climbed up with the shortish delivery outside off. The man at point cuts it off
4.3
4
Roach to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, stand up and deliver. Short ball, not a lot of room but the batsman hopped up and punched the ball away into the covers for a four
4.2
3
Roach to Chandimal, 3 runs, fuller delivery and the ball tailed in for the bat's inner half to be trimmed. The man at mid-wicket chases the ball down and they get a triple
4.2
1
Roach to Chandimal, no ball, back of a length delivery outside off but has been no-balled as the bowler overstepped
4.1
0
Roach to Chandimal, no run, length ball and pushed away into the off-side
3.6
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, lot of theatre there.. The ball again takes off after landing and straightened as well. The batsman played down the wrong line and expected it to deck in. The keeper and the cordon went up but they don't review it. There was a noise though! AND IT WAS BAT!! Chance missed
3.5
1
Gabriel to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal was always wanting to hop back and he does so despite this being a length ball. Tucked into the on-side for a single
3.4
2
Gabriel to Chandimal, 2 runs, too full, the batsman just uses the pace of the bowler and opens the face of the bat on impact to run it down into the off-side for a brace. Off the mark

Dinesh Chandimal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.3
0
Gabriel to Kusal Perera, out Caught by Devon Smith!! Pace. Raw pace does this to you. The batsman was trying to close the face of the bat but the ball lands and straightens, opens the batsman up and the edge flies away for the man at first slip to take it abdomen high. Another failure for the dasher. He looked much better but Gabriel in his first spell is a dragon, who breathes fire. He also had a few words, wish I could lip read, for the batsman. Kusal Perera c Devon Smith b Gabriel 12(10) [4s-2]

Gabriel to Kusal Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.2
0
Gabriel to Kusal Perera, no run, length ball, the ball kicks up and the batsman trying to thwack it on the up, misses it. Poor shot but that is Kusal Perera for you

Three slips and a FSL in place.

3.1
0
Gabriel to Kusal Perera, no run, fullish delivery outside off and has been squirted out to the man at point
2.6
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, plays well inside the line of the ball as it straightened after landing. The use of the crease from the bowler being the key. The batsman was playing for the inward delivery but it never darted in that much
2.5
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, where is the runway? Hello, there has to be one as this one takes off for the keeper to use all his might, leap up to his right and pouch it. Explodes from a length outside off and the batsman was left perplexed as he somehow swayed away from harm's way
2.4
2
Roach to Kusal Mendis, byes, 2 runs, slips the ball down leg again and the batsman misses the clip. The ball though bubbles away off the pads to fine leg for a single
2.3
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, sharp incisive angle from over the wicket and the batsman defends it into the off-side
2.2
4
Roach to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, short, wide, buffet ball and gobbled up by the batter with a cut. The man at point had no chance, well to his left
2.1
1
Roach to Kusal Perera, 1 run, strides on to the hips of the batsman and was nudged away fine on the on-side for a single
1.6
0
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, no run, 143kph back of a length delivery and the batsman was quick to move back and defend it down into the off-side
1.5
1
Gabriel to Kusal Perera, 1 run, inside edge and lands perilously close to the man at FSL. The ball angled in and the batsman fended the ball away off the inner half of the bat for a single
1.5
1
Gabriel to Kusal Perera, no ball, gosh!! That was a bigggg no ball. The ball scissored in and cut the batsman into two halves. Went over the sticks but the bowler had jumped the popping crease by a lightyear
1.4
0
Gabriel to Kusal Perera, no run, length ball outside off and has been patted away with an open face of the bat into the off-side
1.3
4
Gabriel to Kusal Perera, FOUR, pitched up at 144kph and the batsman brings out the straight drive from the top drawer. A high elbow and the weight transfer from the back to the front foot being the highlights. Gorgeous
1.2
2
Gabriel to Kusal Perera, 2 runs, very full and Perera smashes the cover drive with a crouched back leg. The cover-point fielder half-stops with a dive to his left. Two more

Cover-point and backward point in place now.

1.1
4
Gabriel to Kusal Perera, FOUR, what a way to get off the mark and avoid the king pair. A poor delivery and Perera pounced on it. Short of a good length way outside off, Perera stays back in the crease and cuts fiercely through cover-point

Three slips, a gully and short leg in place.

Shannon Gabriel, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
2
Roach to Kusal Mendis, 2 runs, Sri Lanka and Mendis are underway! Uppish, but in the gap. Roach hurls this fuller and straighter, Mendis bends across and clips it in front of square for a couple
0.5
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, skids through from a short of length and it kept coming in. Mendis hops and is too late to react. Thuds the thigh pad and rolls to the cordon
0.4
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, wayward stuff. Full length ball that pitches way outside off and shapes further away. Ignored
0.3
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, angles in a pitched up delivery from wide of the crease, a mini-stride across from the right-hander to push it back to the bowler
0.2
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, beaten again! Seam-up delivery, from a good length and holds its line around the fifth stump channel. Mendis pokes and misses
0.1
0
Roach to Kusal Mendis, no run, good start from Roach. Short ball wide of off, seaming away and there's the tentative poke from the batsman. Mendis pulled his bat inside the line, but was too late. Beaten

Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera are at the crease. Kusal Mendis is on strike. Roach will open the attack