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West Indies captain Jason Holder showed extreme grit and determination on the third day of the day-night Test in Barbados as he took four wickets to leave Sri Lanka reeling in their chase of 144.
Starting off the day on 99/5, Sri Lanka added 19 runs to their overnight score before batsman Roshen Silva was caught behind off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel for 11.
Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella managed to score 42 before he was caught by Devon Smith at second slip off the bowling of Holder.
Holder proceeded to take out Sri Lanka stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal and Kasun Rajitha before running out Lahiru Kumara, which led to the tourists being bowled out for 154. This gave the West Indies a 50-run lead.
Holder was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Gabriel snapped up three and Kemar Roach chipped in with two.
With a 50-run lead in hand, the West Indies made an awful start to their second innings as Lakmal and Kumara carved through the hosts’ top order to leave them struggling at 14/5.
Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and Holder temporarily stemmed the bleeding with a 27-run partnership before Dowrich was sent packing by Rajitha for 16.
Devendra Bishoo fell two balls later, while Holder went on to score 15 before he was caught by Kusal Mendis at second slip off the bowling of Rajitha.
Roach and Miguel Cummins put together a 26-run stand before Cummins was dismissed by Dilruwan Perera for 14.
The West Indies ended up being skittled out for 93 when Gabriel was run out for six runs.
Roach, meanwhile, was left stranded on 23 off 37 balls, which included three boundaries.
Thanks to his knock towards the end of the innings, Sri Lanka were set a target of 144 to win.
Lakmal and Rajitha took three wickets apiece, while Kumara took two and Dilruwan claimed one.
Chasing 144 to win, Sri Lanka opener Mahela Udawatte was not joined by his usual partner Kusal Perera as he was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital after landing on an advertising board when attempting to take a catch.
Instead Danushka Gunathilaka opened the batting with Udawatte, who failed to trouble the scorers as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Roach.
Udawatte reviewed the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and clipping the stumps.
Gunathilaka made an encouraging 30-ball 21 before he was caught by Bishoo at mid-on off the bowling of Holder.
Holder then proceeded to clean up Dhananjaya de Silva for 17 before Roshen Silva was caught by Smith at second slip for one run.
Holder took his fourth wicket of the innings when he clean bowled Dickwella for six runs.
Mendis and Dilruwan ensured Sri Lanka didn’t lose anymore wickets as they amassed an unbeaten seven-run partnership before stumps was called.
Mendis finished on 25 off 38 balls, which included four boundaries, while Dilruwan remained undefeated on one.
Holder was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Roach snapped up one.
Sri Lanka ended day three on 81/5, which left them 63 runs away from victory, and will continue batting on Tuesday at 14:00 local time or 18:00 GMT.