The story turned 180 degrees this time
Test cricket: 2nd Test, North Sound, Mar 29 – Apr 2, 2021, Sri Lanka tour of West Indies
West Indies = 354 & 280/4d
Sri Lanka (9 ov, target 377)258 & 29/0
Test cricket: Exactly the reflection of the fifth day of the first test!
Test cricket: The West Indies needed 365 runs to win the fourth innings of the first Test in Antigua a week ago. West Indies needed 341 runs on the fifth day as they finished the fourth day with 34 runs for one wicket. Within a week the story changed exactly 180 degrees. This time only the names of the teams changed, the numbers are almost the same.
Today is the last day of the two-Test series in Antigua. Sri Lanka’s target is 36 runs to win the second Test and win the series! The Lankans scored 29 runs on the fourth day yesterday. Today is the fifth day of the test, so 348 runs are needed. West Indies need 10 wickets.
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West Indies declared the innings after scoring 260 for 4 in the second innings yesterday. After that, the two Sri Lankan openers, captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne, who had a great rhythm in the series, did not let anything happen again. Karunaratne was unbeaten on 11 at the end of the fourth day and Thirimanne on 16.
However, if the first Test is repeated as a result, neither the West Indies nor Sri Lanka will be able to laugh in Antigua today. In the first Test, which ended seven days ago, the day ended with the West Indies scoring 236 for 365 on the fifth day. Nothing like that will happen again? Time to tell.
If the test ends in a draw, West Indies captain Craig Braffett may have to take responsibility. The responsibility is not to announce the innings earlier. When the West Indies captain was dismissed in the last session by Dushmant Chamira, the Caribbeans were bowled out for 226 for four in the second innings. The lead has become 323 runs by then. But Bright waited a little longer. The wait was not in vain. Jason Holder and Joshua da Silva put on 53 off 41 balls for the fifth wicket.
At the end of the day, Bright explained his decision, saying, “I want to take some more time to put the bowlers on the scoreboard to fight.” Braffet said, ‘The wicket is still good for batting. But I believe our bowlers will fight very well on the last day. ‘
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earlier in the day, however, Brafet himself led the fight from the front. Although there will be a little frustration for him. For the second time in four years, the 26-year-old batsman has been short of a taste for a century in both innings of a Test.
In the opening innings of the first innings, he made 126 runs before being dismissed as the last batsman on the team. He was dismissed for 75 runs in the second innings yesterday. Bright gave the Windies a great win in two innings of 134 and 95 against England in Leeds in 2016.
Test cricket: Buffett played 354 balls from the crease for eight and a half hours in the first innings. However, as the innings were in a hurry to announce, the speed was a little higher in the second innings with Brafet’s bat. This time the innings was about five hours, 198 balls. However, his pride seems to be in scoring runs. In the first innings, however, Brafet hit four fours, while in the second innings, he hit four fours on the way to 75 runs. Six-takka is a far cry.
With his teammate John Campbell (10) returning with 14 runs, Brafet’s partnership with Jermaine Blackwood (18) did not get much bigger. After breaking that pair of 44 runs, the real fight started in West Indies.
Kyle Meyers is a name that only Bangladeshi cricket fans can remember for sure. Braffet put on a 72-run stand for the third wicket with Meyers, who made his debut in Chittagong in January with a dazzling double century. The aggression was mostly on the bat of Meyers, 55 of 72 runs came from his bat. Meyers hit 7 fours in 6 ball innings.
Test cricket: Jason Holder came to the crease when Myers left. Bright disappointed the Lankans by forming a big partnership with him again. This time the pair is 6 runs. After breaking the pair, Braft said goodbye to the holder. At the other end, Da Silva was unbeaten on 20 off 16 balls, and Holder remained unbeaten on 61 in the end. His 6-ball innings was sorted into 6 fours.
Earlier, the West Indies did not take four overs to complete the first innings of the Sri Lankans who started the fourth day with 250 runs for 6 wickets. In the fourth over, the score ended in three balls. Pathum Nishanka, who was unbeaten on 49 the day before, got fifty, which is what the Lankans got. Ushanka Kal, who made his debut in the first Test of the series in Antigua, was dismissed for 51 runs. West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach pulled the last of the Sri Lankan innings by dismissing Fernando after two balls to return him in the fourth ball of the fourth over of the day.