West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite will sleep on 99 not out after boosting his aspect towards Sri Lanka to 287-7 on the primary day of the second take a look at on Monday.
Brathwaite carried his bat by means of the day to the brink of his first take a look at century since 2018. He took over the captaincy in February from Jason Holder, and has been dying for an enormous rating after solely three half-centuries in 16 innings over the previous 12 months.
He held collectively an innings that wobbled in the beginning and briefly in the center. His stands of 71 with Kyle Mayers, 51 with Holder, and an unbeaten 65 with Rakheem Cornwall ensured they completed the primary day on high.
Brathwaite is attempting to lead his aspect to a 3rd collection win towards Sri Lanka after the Twenty20s and one-day internationals, whereas stopping Sri Lanka from a primary take a look at collection win in the Caribbean. Both groups had been unchanged from the drawn first take a look at final week in the identical, empty Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Sri Lanka gained the toss however the bowling was let down by 4 dropped catches, two of them costly. Brathwaite was dropped on 37 at third slip by Oshada Fernando off left-arm fast Vishwa Fernando, and Mayers was dropped on 12 at third slip by Pathum Nissanka off medium-pacer Suranga Lakmal.
Lakmal was the choose of the bowlers, taking 3-71. He began the day with six consecutive maidens, two of them with wickets; opener John Campbell on 5 and Nkrumah Bonner for a duck.
Lakmal’s eventful seventh over conceded three boundaries to Mayers, who was then dropped.
Mayers was finally out for 49 in the primary over after lunch. Two others fell in the center session, Jermaine Blackwood for 18 and Holder for 30 off 34 balls.
Brathwaite ought to have joined them, however he was dropped on 37. His accomplice at tea, Joshua Da Silva, was additionally given a reprieve after a video evaluate of the second ball he confronted.
Da Silva was finally out for 1 after 35 balls, the fifth batsman in seven to edge behind the wickets. Alzarri Joseph, dropped on 28, was out lbw on 29 at 222-7.
But the bowlers flagged on the finish of the day. After conceding 86 runs in the primary session and 85 in the second, they went for 116 after tea. Brathwaite batted on serenely, dealing with 239 balls for his 99 not out. He hit 11 boundaries.
Brathwaite acquired late assist from Cornwall, who was 43 not out from 53 balls at stumps. Cornwall is a tailender however in excessive spirits after producing his take a look at excessive rating of 61 simply final week.