Windies eye victory after Lanka collapse
CRICKET: (AFP) Sri Lanka suffered a dramatic second innings batting
collapse on Saturday to hand the West Indies a superb opportunity to win
the second and final Test.
At lunch on the third day, Sri Lanka, trailing by 16 runs on first
innings, reached 78 for five in their second knock with Thilan
Samaraweera not out on 15 and Chamara Silva not out on five. Sri Lanka
had dismissed West Indies for 294 in their first innings 50 minutes
after the start with Muttiah Muralitharan ending with five wickets for
79 runs from 29.2 overs.
But the Sri Lankans soon found themselves in trouble as the home team’s
fast bowlers, led by Jerome Taylor, gained appreciable bounce and
movement from the lively Queen’s Park Oval pitch and ran through their
opponents’ top order.
Taylor has been the West Indies’ most successful bowler so far with two
wickets for 22 runs from six overs and also contributed a run out to
help put the skids under the tourists’ batting.
RI LANKA - 1ST INNINGS 278
WEST INDIES - 1ST INNINGS
C. Gayle c Vandort b Thushara 45
S. Chattergoon b Vaas 46
R. Sarwan c Warnapura b Muralitharan 57
M. Samuels lbw b Muralitharan 3
S. Chanderpaul lbw b Thushara 18
D. Smith b Muralitharan 47
D. Bravo lbw b Amerasinghe 26
D. Ramdin c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 13
J. Taylor lbw b Vaas 13
D. Powell lbw b Muralitharan 3
F. Edwards not out 1
Extras (lb-5 w-2 nb-15) 22
TOTAL (all out, 76.2 overs) 294
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-58 2-137 3-141 4-177 5-199 6-246 7-266
8-289 9-291 10-294.
BOWLING: Vaas 23-1-76-2 (nb-8), Amerasinghe 12-1-62-1,
Thushara 12-0-72-2 (nb-5, w-2), Muralitharan 29.2-4-79-5 (nb-2).
SRI LANKA - 2ND INNINGS
M. Vandort run out (Taylor) 1
M. Warnapura c Chattergoon b Taylor 0
K. Sangakkara c Samuels b Powell 14
M. Jayawardene b Edwards 12
T. Samaraweera not out 15
T. Dilshan b Taylor 25
C. Silva not out 5
Extras (lb5, w1) 6
TOTAL (5 wkts; 18 overs) 78
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-2 (Warnapura), 2-4 (Vandort), 3-32 (Jayawardene),
4-32 (Sangakkara), 5-73 (Dilshan).
BOWLING: Powell 7-2-26-1; Taylor 6-0-22-2 (w1); Edwards 5-1-25-1.