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Day 1 report: West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite will sleep 99 paces after bringing his facet in opposition to Sri Lanka to 287-7 on day one of many second check on Monday.
Brathwaite has carried his bat all day on the point of his first century of testing since 2018. He took over the captain’s submit in February from Jason Holder, and was hungry for a giant rating after simply three half centuries in 16 innings over the previous yr. .
He held a set collectively which wobbled firstly and briefly within the center. His catches of 71 with Kyle Mayers, 51 with Holder and an unbeaten 65 with Rakheem Cornwall ensured they completed the primary day within the lead.
Brathwaite is making an attempt to steer his facet to a 3rd collection victory over Sri Lanka after the Twenty20s and one-day internationals, whereas stopping Sri Lanka from profitable a primary spherical of checks within the Caribbean. Each groups stay unchanged from the primary check shot final week on the similar empty Sir Vivian Richards stadium.
Sri Lanka received the draw however bowling was dissatisfied with 4 misplaced catches, two of which have been expensive. Brathwaite was deserted within the thirty seventh within the third slip by Oshada Fernando on quick left arm Vishwa Fernando, and Mayers was deserted within the twelfth within the third slip by Pathum Nissanka on Suranga Lakmal, a medium tempo.
Lakmal was the bowlers’ alternative, taking 3-71. He began the day with six younger women in a row, two of them with wickets; opener John Campbell on 5 and Nkrumah Bonner for a duck.
The eventful seventh of Lakmal conceded three limits to Mayers, who was later deserted.
Mayers was finally out for 49 within the first after lunch. Two others fell in the midst of the session, Jermaine Blackwood for 18 and Holder for 30 on 34 balls.
Brathwaite ought to have joined them however he was dropped on 37. His tea companion Joshua Da Silva additionally acquired a reprieve after video criticism of the second ball he confronted.
Da Silva was lastly known as out for 1 after 35 balls, the fifth batter in seven to come back behind the wickets. Alzarri Joseph, who fell on the twenty eighth, was out of the sport on the twenty ninth at 222-7.
However the bowlers scored on the finish of the day. After conceding 86 factors within the first session and 85 within the second, they went for 116 after tea. Brathwaite struck calmly, dealing with 239 balls for his 99 taken out. He hit 11 limits.
Brathwaite acquired late assist from Cornwall, who was not absent from 53 balls to the stumps.
With AP inputs