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Thirimanne, Oshada lead SL fightback

Sri Lanka have bounced back from conceding 102-run lead to put themselves back in the game against West Indies at the end of day three of the first Test in North Sound.

Oshada Fernando and Lahiru Thirimanne have kept Sri Lanka’s hopes well alive. Photo: AFP


Suranga Lakmal’s fourth five-for – 5/47 – helped Sri Lanka restrict West Indies to 271, although the latter’s total was pushed by Joshua Da Silva (46) and Rahkeem Cornwall (61) in a 90-run stand for the eighth wicket.

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Cornwall played 85 balls, hitting 9 fours and 2 sixes, in his first Test half-century.

Opener Lahiru Thirimanne and one down Oshada Fernando took Sri Lanka past the lead despite losing the captain Dimuth Karunaratne for 3. The pair put on 182-run partnership as both fell short of centuries.

Kyle Mayers made inroads sending Oshada and Dinesh Chandimal in his consecutive overs. Kemar Roach then castled Thirimanne’s stumps to add a scare to the visitors.

Dhananjaya de Silva (46* off 74) and debutant Pathum Nissanka (21* off 74) played out the last hour of the day to take Sri Lanka to 255 for 4 as the lead has crossed 150-mark.

Oshada made 91 off 149 with 11 boundaries, falling shy of a second Test ton. While Thirimanne backed up first innings score 70 with 201-ball 76 (4 fours) in the second.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 1st innings: 169

West Indies 1st innings: 271 in 103 overs (Cornwall 61, Da Silva 46; Lakmal 5/47, Vishwa 2/52)

Sri Lanka 2nd innings: 255/4 in 86 overs (Oshada 91, Thirimanne 76; Mayers 2/10, Roach 2/28)

Sri Lanka lead by 153 runs

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