Sri Lanka hit back in Windies Test

Pallekele (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka struck back with two quick wickets to reduce the West Indies to 244-5 in the first innings on the second day of the third and final Test here on Thursday.

The West Indies were comfortably placed at 241-3 before losing Shivnarine Chanderpaul (54) and Dwayne Bravo for a duck in successive overs, with spinners Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis taking one wicket apiece.

Brendan Nash, who survived a run-out chance on 32, was unbeaten on 62 at tea and Carlton Baugh had yet to open his account as only nine overs were bowled in the afternoon session due to rain.

The West Indies dominated the extended morning session as Nash and Chanderpaul applied themselves well after the early dismissal of overnight batsman Darren Bravo (68).

The pair put on 99 for the fourth wicket before the Sri Lankan spinners struck in quick succession.

Chanderpaul fell soon after he completed his first half-century of the series, sweeping left-arm spinner Herath for a four in the opening over of the afternoon session.

He was brilliantly held by former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who took a low catch to his left at first slip off Mendis. He hit three fours in his patient 145-ball knock.

Chanderpaul survived on 38 when he asked for a review of the decision after being given out leg-before while attempting to reverse-sweep Herath. He was then ruled not out after TV replays showed the ball hit the gloves.

The West Indies suffered another blow in the afternoon when Herath had Dwayne Bravo stumped by Prasanna Jayawardene.

The series is tied 0-0 after rain-hit drawn Tests in Colombo and Galle.

The West Indies added 95 to their overnight total of 134-2 for the loss of just one wicket in the morning, with Chanderpaul and Nash gathering runs comfortably against pace and spin.

Nash completed 1,000 Test runs during his second half-century of the series, having so far hit five fours in his 110-ball knock.

Sri Lanka started the day with a double-pace attack and got a big wicket in the morning`s fourth over when Dilhara Fernando trapped well-set Bravo leg-before.

Bravo could add only five to his overnight score of 63, including a fluent cover-drive for a four off Fernando. He cracked 10 fours in a 117-ball knock for the third half-century of his maiden Test series.

Bureau Report