West Indies vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 4: Mendis’ unbeaten 94 keeps Sri Lanka alive

Kusal Mendis 94 not out West Indies Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 4 Trinidad cricket

Kusal Mendis hit nine boundaries and two sixes during his unbeaten knock of 94

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Sri Lanka were set a target of 453 to win by the West Indies on the fourth day in Trinidad, but the tourists concluded the fourth day needing 277 more runs for victory thanks to opener Kusal Mendis’ unbeaten 94.

Starting off the day on 131/4, the West Indies only managed to add 18 runs to their overnight score before wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich was trapped lbw off the bowling of Lahiru Kumara for 13.

Kieran Powell and West Indies captain Jason Holder steadied the ship with a 42-run partnership before Powell was dismissed by Dilruwan Perera for 88, which came off 127 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes.

Holder went on to score a 40-ball 39 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Rangana Herath.

Holder reviewed the decision, but to no avail as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and hitting off stump.

Devendra Bishoo and Kemar Roach scored 16 not out and an unbeaten 11 respectively before Holder decided to declare with his side on 223/7, which set Sri Lanka a target of 453 to win.

Kumara was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Herath took two, and Dilruwan and Suranga Lakmal chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 453 to win, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start as opener Kusal Perera was caught by Devon Smith at first slip off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel for 12 runs.

Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal scored 15 runs off 23 balls before retiring hurt as he seemingly exhibited symptoms of heat stroke.

Despite losing Chandimal, Angelo Mathews and Mendis stabilised the innings with a 74-run partnership, during which Mendis surpassed his fifty, before Mathews was caught behind off the bowling of Holder for 31.

Mendis and Roshen Silva kept the runs flowing with a 52-run stand before Silva was caught and bowled by Bishoo for 14 in the penultimate over of the day.

Only four balls were bowled in the final over, during which one run was scored, before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

Mendis finished on 94 off 186 balls, which included nine boundaries and two sixes, while Lahiru Gamage, who was sent in as the nightwatchman, has yet to get off the mark.

Gabriel, Holder and Bishoo claimed one wicket each.

Sri Lanka ended day four on 176/3 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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