Skipper Braithwait Steers West Indies Ship After Shaky Start

Skipper Braithwait Steers West Indies Ship After Shaky Start

30 March 2021 04:14 pm

2nd Test  Sri Lanka vs West Indies - Day 1 (Antigua) 

West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite led from the front in true leadership style to make an unbeaten 99 batting the whole day as he ensured his team averted a major collapse to reach 287 for 7 on the first day of the second and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Antigua on Monday.

Put into bat after losing the toss, the West Indies hit early early trouble losing John Campbell for 5 and first Test century maker Nkrumah Bonner without scoring as both fell victim to some highly accurate bowling from paceman Suranga Lakmal.

But Brathwaite found an adventurous partner in Kyle Mayers who gamely took on the Sri Lanka bowlers as the pair repaired the early damage with a stand of 71 runs for the second wicket as West Indies took lunch at 86 for 2.

Mayers at stages lived dangerously as he struck eight fours, sometimes hitting the ball in the air and it did not take long for him to perish soon after the break as he edged a ball from fast bowler Vishwa Fernando to be caught behind by Niroshan Dickwella for 49.

Brathwaite kept his composure as the West Indies also lost Jermaine Blackwood for 18 who became Lakmal's third victim caught behind by Dickwella, as did Jason Holder (30) and Joshua Da Silva (1) leaving the side at 185 for 6.

But just as the West Indies began to look like surging ahead, left arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya struck to claim his first wicket trapping Alzarri Joseph for 29 as the home team slumped once again to 222 for 7.

West Indies however thanks to another imposing stay at the crease by the big burly Rahkeem Cornwall, then went to add a further 65 runs to the close without any more losses.

Cornwall who cracked a half century in the first Test made yet another timely innings of 43 not out with six fours and a six in only 54 balls, as the West Indies reached 287 for 7 with Brathwaite unbeaten on 99 who stroked 11 sweetly timed boundaries.