Shillingford, Roach help West Indies gain big lead

Galle: Inexperienced Shane Shillingford and Kemar Roach shared seven wickets to help the West Indies gain a big lead in the opening Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Off-spinner Shillingford finished with 4-123, his maiden four-wicket haul in four Tests, and paceman Roach took 3-75 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 378 in their first innings in reply to the West Indies` 580-9 declared.

Following on, Sri Lanka batted steadily in their second innings to reach 89 for no loss at stumps to keep alive their hopes of salvaging a draw.

Tharanga Paranavitana and Tillakaratne Dilshan were unbeaten on 44 each before rain stopped play, with 22 overs remaining in the day.

Shillingford and Roach, who had a combined experience of just 10 Tests before this match, did not allow the hosts to build a big stand as the West Indies enforced the follow-on against any team for the first time since 2005.

Four Sri Lankan batsmen -- skipper Kumar Sangakkara (73), Mahela Jayawardene (59), Prasanna Jayawardene (58) and Thilan Samaraweera (52) -- made half-centuries in the innings, but none could play a big knock.

The hosts were 86 runs short of the follow-on mark when they lost their seventh wicket at 295, but Prasanna Jayawardene and Dammika Prasad (47) sustained their team`s hopes with a 72-run stand for the eighth wicket.

Prasad smashed two sixes and six fours in his 40-ball knock before being caught in the deep off Shillingford, who took three of the four wickets to fall in the afternoon session.

Sri Lanka then needed three runs to make the West Indies bat again with one wicket in hand, but Prasanna Jayawardene swept a Shillingford delivery straight to Roach at deep square-leg.

He hit one six and six fours in his third Test half-century.

The West Indies seized the initiative in the morning session through their disciplined bowling, grabbing three key wickets after the hosts had resumed at 165-3.

PTI

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