Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
72 | 5 Runs | WI: 223/7

  • KAJ Roach11 (31b)
  • D Bishoo16 (45b)
  • HMRKB Herath24-5-52-2
  • RAS Lakmal12-2-32-1

And Jason Holder has declared. Sri Lanka need 453 to win.

Was 450 the target WI had in mind from the start? Or was this decision based on the cloudy skies? Either way, the declaration was long time coming and no better time than now to ask the visitors to bat again. It's a mammoth task, but cricket's a very funny game. We'll be back for the fourth innings in just a bit. Let your comments coming in till then.

Rivlud: "Dhananjaya De Silva saved that match against India last year in the polluted city of Delhi in awful conditions, would of been a huge boost if he had played here and bowled some overs to keep it tight! Truely was a sad story, shown a lot of courage to come back and play asap! Massive credit to him, sucha difficult time!"

Saeed Rasul: "Methinks the Windies are tiring their own bowlers, by asking them to bat."

71.6
1
Herath to Roach, 1 run, full on leg, and drilled to long on off the front foot. They jog across for one

getting slightly windy now. Rain incoming, perhaps? Cloudy too.

71.5
1
Herath to Bishoo, 1 run, back of a length outside off. Bishoo makes room, and cuts it gently to deep point

Swapnil Jain: "I dont think its a risky plan by West Indies. Sri Lanka didnt survive more than 2 sessions in 1st innings. So, its very unlikely that they will survive 5 sessions in the 4th innings"

71.4
1
Herath to Roach, 1 run, full on leg, and slogged towards the leg side. Wanted to go between deep backward square and deep midwicket, but finds the fielder instead

karthikeya manc: "@Jeremy, think WI want to tire SL on the field before putting them in. " -- Yep, that's a theory that was promulgated by Powell lsat evening

71.3
0
Herath to Roach, no run, full, but wide outside off. Frees his arms to drive through cover, but finds the infielder
71.2
1
Herath to Bishoo, 1 run, full just outside off, and driven towards mid on. Except, the ball takes the inside edge, and goes to square leg

Rivlud: "Any news on Dhananjaya De Silva's availability for this series, guessing he should play the 2nd and 3rd Tests all being okay?" -- Yep, he should be available. What a devastating story though

71.1
1
Herath to Roach, 1 run, full on leg, and he's gone wildly at it. Smacks it behind square, but deep midwicket cleans up

END OF OVER:
71 | 2 Runs | WI: 218/7

  • D Bishoo14 (43b)
  • KAJ Roach8 (27b)
  • RAS Lakmal12-2-32-1
  • MDK Perera12-1-50-1
70.6
0
Lakmal to Bishoo, no run, short on middle, and he tries to slap it over point. Makes room for the shot as well, but the ball soars above his swinging bat

Jeremy: "Just joined the match. Can someone tell me why hasn't WI declared? Lack of confidence to bowl out SL? It's your match WI!" -- Just trying to push the game completely beyond SL's reach. But it's a risky plan. Wouldn't want to end up drawing the Test after dominating it completely

70.5
1
Lakmal to Roach, 1 run, yorker on leg, and he manages to get his bat down in time. Squeezed to fine leg for a single

Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st21MDKJ PereraBKG Mendis
2nd28LD ChandimalBKG Mendis
2nd74AD MathewsBKG Mendis
3rd52ARS SilvaBKG Mendis
4th14PLS GamageBKG Mendis
5th6PLS GamageLD Chandimal
6th23LD ChandimalN Dickwella
7th4MDK PereraN Dickwella
8th3HMRKB HerathMDK Perera
9th1MDK PereraRAS Lakmal
10th0MDK PereraCBRLS Kumara