Brathwaite, Deonarine lead response
KINGSTOWN, ST VINCENT - Kraigg Brathwate and Narsingh Deonarine led West Indies A's charge in their 1st innings after another rain-hit day in the 2nd 'Test' at Arnos Vale.
In many ways, the day started similar to that of Day 2, when not a ball was bowled. Rain was in the air throughout the early morning but held up enough for the groundstaff to dry the ground and have it ready for a 9:30AM start. However, the clouds hung low, and just after the first over was delivered by Sheldon Cotterell, a heavy drizzle came down.
But today's periods off the field were no where near as long as Day 2. Within a short space of time, the players were back out. As if the rain had something to do with it, Cotterell and quickie partner, Miguel Cummins fired up. The former had been threatening for much of his early spell and he was rewarded with the big wicket of centurion Kaushal Silva for 119.
Not long after, Cummins would account for the wicket of right-arm pacer, Suranga Lakmal. Eventually Sri Lanka A were bowled out twenty minutes before Lunch for 314. Cummins finished with 4-70 while Jonathan Carter had 3-51.
With ten minutes to Lunch, the West Indies A opening batsmen had to see out a tricky two overs. Kraigg Brathwaite and Assad Fudadin saw the hosts to the break. However, after the break, Fudadin pushing at a delivery outside off-stump, gave Lakmal his first wicket.
At 4/1, skipper Kirk Edwards strolled out to the middle. But he didn't last very long, falling victim to a delivery that kept a little low, and uprooting his off-stump. West Indies A were now 9/2. Leon Johnson helped Brathwaite do some minor repairs, but after being dropped twice, he failed to take advantage of his luck, pushing a delivery from Lakmal straight into the hands of cover.
Narsingh Deonarine and Brathwaite would take West Indies A to Tea on 77/3. Both batsmen would start their own show in the final session. As they both settled in and became more comfortable at the crease, the Sri Lanka A bowlers became frustrated.
Brathwaite crossed his 50 in no time. He was well supported by Deonarine, who also crossed his 50. Both batsmen put on an unbroken stand of 115 runs to strengthen the backbone of the West Indies A 1st innings.
Rain returned with a half-hour left in the day's play, ending all proceedings on Friday. Deonarine was on 58 while Brathwaite was 70. Whether both batsmen can get to triple figures on Saturday will be about the only thing worth showing up for as another tame draw looms.
West Indies A v Sri Lanka A
Sri Lanka A won the toss and elected to bat
Sri Lanka A
U Jayasundera c Carter b Cummins 4
D Karunarathne* c Walton b Carter 24
K Withanage c Walton b Carter 10
K Silva LBW Cotterell 119
A Perera c Walton b Miller 50
A Priyanjana LBW Cummins 20
C de Silva b Permaul 33
T Kaushalya c Walton b Carter 15
S Lakmal c Brathwaite b Cummins 12
A Pushpakumara c Fudadin b Cummins 13
V Perera not out 0
Total: 314 all out
Fall of Wickets: 1-29, 2-33, 3-51, 4-215, 5-160, 6-193, 7-252, 8-275, 9-294, 10-314
West Indies A Bowling: Cotterell 21-4-42-1 (2nb), Cummins 25.1-70-4 (6nb), Carter 11-1-51-3 (1wd), Miller 21-2-55-1, Permaul 22-3-65-1 (1nb), Deonarine 9-3-27-0
West Indies A
K Brathwaite 70
A Fudadin c de Silva b Lakmal 1
K Edwards b Lakmal 1
L Johnson c de Silva b V. Perera 12
N Deonarine 58
Fall of Wickets: 1-4, 2-9, 3-40
Sri Lanka A Bowling: Lakmal 12-2-23-2 (3nb), V Perera 10.5-2-36-1 (1nb), M Pushpakumara 9-1-40-0 (1nb), T Kaushalya 11-0-49-0 (1nb)