West Indies have made a confident start to their first innings after their left-arm spinners Veerasammy Permaul and Jomel Warrican grabbed nine wickets to send Sri Lanka crashing to 204 all out on Tuesday. The Caribbeans, in a must-win game at Galle, started Day 3 on 113/1 and were going strong until lunch, thanks to Kraigg Brathwaite's 72. But spinner Ramesh Mendis triggered West Indies collapse with a five as the visitors went down from 180/3 to 208/8. Kyle Mayers (36*) played a late hand to help West Indies to 253 all out. Catch the highlights of SL vs WI first Test Day 3 here.
Kyle Mayers (WI): A first-innings lead of around 50 runs on this surface is good. We have the opposition two (wickets) down with a small lead going into the fourth day. I don’t think the pitch has any demons, it’s still spinning but a bit slow, so you have to access the conditions and try to ‘get in’.
17:32 PM IST: Day 3 stumps
At the end of Day 3 stumps, Sri Lanka are 46/2, still trailing West Indies by 3 runs. The onus will be on Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka () to carry Sri Lanka's batting forward and add as many as they can on Day 4.
17:01 PM IST: Lanka lose 2nd
Roston Chase gets a wicket. Oshada Fernando, run out for 14. Sri Lanka 40/2
16:51 PM IST: Fernando, Nissanka lead SL
After the early dismissal of captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando (13*) and Pathum Nissanka (14*) have Sri Lanka with a good start. Sri Lanka 33/1, train by 16 runs.
16:12 PM IST: Karunaratne run out
What a start by West Indies. Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne is run out, thanks to a Kyle Mayers' one-handed direct throw. Karunaratne run out for 6. Sri Lanka 7/1
15:53 PM IST: 6-fer for Mendis
That's it. Ramesh Mendis clean up West Indies tail as the visitors are all out for 253. Jomes Warrican is the last man out as Ramesh Mendis finishes with 6/70. West Indies lead by 49 runs
15:38 PM IST: Windies 9 down
Lasith Embuldeniya gets his second of the match. Veerasammy Permaul, clean bowled for 15. West Indies 246/9
15:09 PM IST: Tea time
Sri Lanka own the session with six wickets including a fifer from Ramesh Mendis. From 180/3, West Indies collapsed to 208/8 within a span of 10 overs. Kyle Mayers has got a start with an unbeaten 26. West Indies 235/8, lead by 31 runs.
14:38 PM IST: Lanka comeback
What a comeback bt Sri Lanka! West Indies lose four wickets in 17 runs to look down the barrel. From 180/3, West Indies slump to 208/8. Ramesh Mendis once again doing the trick for the hosts with a fifer.
14:07 PM IST: Lanka claw back
Sri Lanka are slowly clawing back into the game as Roston Chase bites the dust. Ramesh Mendis gets his second as Chase hits straight into the hands of Nissanka at leg gully. West Indies 191/4
13:19 PM IST: Brathwaite departs
The wicket Sri Lanka wanted. Kraigg Brathwaite departs, clean bowled by Lasith Embuldeniya for a well-made 72. West Indies 166/3. Shai Hope and Roston Chase at the crease.
13:10 PM IST: Leading from the front
There is no stopping Kraigg Brathwaite. The captain is taking his time in the middle, something which he didn't in the previous Test and is leading from the front. West Indies look for a big score. West Indies 166/2
12:09 PM IST: Lunch
West Indies enjoyed yet another session and are comfortably placed 145/2 in reply to Sri Lanka's 204 in the first innings. Kraigg Brathwaite is leading from the front with an unbeaten 62. The only dent in the Windies innings today was caused by Ramesh Mendis who dismissed Nkrumah Bonner for 35
11:52 AM IST: Lanka get breakthrough
Nkrumah Bonner's resistance ends. Ramesh Mendis traps Bonner plumb in front, for a well-made 35 off 95 balls. West Indies 143/2
11:28: Bonner in form
Nkrumah Bonner is continuing in the same vein he did in the first Test match. The right-hander is playing a perfect second fiddle against the Sri Lankan spinners today, currently batting at 30. West Indies 130/1
10:49 AM IST: 50 for captain
Fifty for Kraigg Brathwaite. The West Indies captain pushes Ramesh Mendis for a single to bring up his 23rd half-century in Tests.
10:36 AM IST: Windes look confident
100 up for West Indies. Kraigg Brathwaite has so far looked good for his 48 not out while Nkrumah Bonner is batting at 14. West Indies 106/1
10:02 AM IST: Good start by Windies
A couple of fours since the start of the third day's play. Nkrumah Bonner (5*) and skipper Kraigg Brathwaite (27*) are currently batting. West Indies 78/1
9:30 AM IST: Bright sunny morning
Good morning everyone. Some good news in this Test match. It's a bright sunny morning here in Galle and the match is likely to start on time.
Sri Lanka, who are leading the two-match series 1-0, suffered a dramatic collapse on Tuesday after starting Day 2 at 113 for one. Veerasammy Permaul, in his first Test in more than five years, took 5 for 35 to register his first five-wicket haul and Jomel Warrican took a career-best 4 for 50.
Sri Lanka lost their last nine wickets for 98 runs and clearly lost the advantage of winning the toss. West Indies have looked good in their reply. When play was called off due to rain, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite was on 22 and Nkhrumah Bonner on 1. The tourists trailed Sri Lanka by 135 runs with nine wickets in hand.
Rain is playing a big part in the match, with two sessions lost on the first day and a session’s worth of overs on Tuesday. Sri Lanka won the first Test by 187 runs at Galle and the West Indies must win the second to draw the series.