West Indies vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 2: West Indies strike thrice after Dowrich’s ton

Shane Dowrich 125 not out West Indies Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 2 Trinidad cricket

Shane Dowrich celebrates after scoring his second Test century

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Despite a couple of rain delays, the West Indies put themselves in complete control of the second day in Trinidad as they took three quick wickets after wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich scored a career-best 125 not out.

Starting off the day on 246/6, Dowrich and Devedra Bishoo converted their nine-run partnership into a 102-run stand, during which Dowrich sailed past his fifty, before Bishoo was dismissed by Suranga Lakmal for 40.

Dowrich and Kemar Roach kept the runs flowing with a 75-run partnership, during which Dowrich brought up his century, before Roach was caught by Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal at mid-off off the bowling of Lahiru Kumara for 39.

Shortly after Roach’s dismissal, West Indies skipper Jason Holder decided to declare with his side on 414/8.

Dowrich ended up scoring 125 off 325 balls, which included 12 boundaries.

Kumara was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Lakmal took two and Rangana Herath chipped in with one.

Trailing by 414 runs, Sri Lanka made an awful start to their innings as opener Kusal Perera was caught by Roston Chase at backward point off the bowling of Roach for a golden duck on the second ball of the innings.

Kusal’s opening partner, Kusal Mendis, only scored four runs before he was caught by Holder at third slip off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel.

The West Indies struck again in the last over of the day as Angelo Mathews was caught by Chase at third slip off the bowling of Holder for 11.

However, the dismissal was controversial as replays suggest that Holder may have stepped over the crease. However, the third umpire deemed the delivery to be legal and Mathews had to trudge back to the pavilion.

Sri Lanka scored one run off the last four balls of the day before stumps was called.

Chandimal finished on three runs, while Roshen Silva remained undefeated on one.

Roach, Gabriel and Holder claimed one wicket each.

Sri Lanka ended day two on 31/3 and will continue batting on Friday at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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