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Day 3 report: Offspin bowler Ramesh Mendis fueled a Sri Lankan fightback with a maiden five-wicket haul however the West Indies nonetheless led by three runs within the second innings at stumps on the third day of the second check on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka was 46-2 in its second innings at shut having conceded a 49-run first innings result in the guests, who have been bowled out for 253. Sri Lanka scored 204 in its first innings.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (6) was run out to a superb direct hit from Kyle Mayers and Oshada Fernando (14) was additionally run out. Pathum Nissanka was batting on 21 with Charith Asalanka on 4.
Mendis had bowling figures 6-70 whereas left-arm spinners Praveen Jayawickrama and Lasith Embuldeniya took two wickets every.
Sri Lanka went to lunch strongly positioned on 145-2 however misplaced the remaining wickets for the addition of one other 59 runs.
Resuming Wednesday on 69-1, the West Indies had batted remarkably properly so as to add 76 runs within the first session, dropping just one wicket.
However the slide began put up lunch when West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite, who was batting with confidence, was bowled by Embuldeniya for 72. The bowler ran over the wicket and pitched a flighted ball outdoors the right-handed Brathwaite’s leg stump and the ball turned sharply and hit the highest of off stump.
Mendis had Roston Chase (10) caught at leg slip by Asalanka and trapped Shai Hope (22) lbw.
Jason Holder (4) unsuccessfully reviewed an lbw resolution towards him as a result of a ball delivered by Mendis appeared to bounce over the stumps. Within the subsequent ball, Joshua da Silva performed by means of the incorrect line anticipating a ball from Mendis to show greater than it did and was bowled. His fall left Sri Lanka 197-7.
Mayers (36 not out) with Kemar Roach (8) ensured that the West Indies took a lead within the first innings and prolonged it in a 38-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Veerasammy Permaul (8).
Sri Lanka received the primary check by 187 runs on the similar venue, that means the West Indies should win right here to attract the collection.
With inputs from AP