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Inspired Holder, Roach demolish SL to put Windies on top

The right-hand­ed Fer­nan­do re­spond­ed to Thi­r­i­manne’s call for a quick sin­gle but found him­self short of his ground at the strik­er’s end as Brath­waite swooped from short cov­er with a di­rect hit, leav­ing the tourists in fur­ther trou­ble on 29 for two

Thi­r­i­manne found an al­ly in the ex­pe­ri­enced Di­nesh Chandi­mal (4) and were nav­i­gat­ing a safe pas­sage to lunch when the right-han­der per­ished to the first ball of the fi­nal over be­fore lunch, feath­er­ing a de­fen­sive prod through to wick­et­keep­er Joshua Da Sil­va to give Hold­er his first wick­et

On 54 for three at lunch, Sri Lan­ka twice at­tempt­ed to build part­ner­ships dur­ing the sec­ond ses­sion on­ly for the per­se­ver­ing Roach to in­ter­vene on each oc­ca­sion

Dhanan­jaya de Sil­va, start­ing his in­nings af­ter lunch, looked to be get­ting en­trenched when he spent 45 min­utes over 13 in adding 22 for the fourth wick­et with Thi­r­i­manne

How­ev­er, he per­ished with the hour mark ap­proach­ing, de­ceived and com­pre­hen­sive­ly bowled by an in-swinger from Roach af­ter watch­ing the two pre­vi­ous de­liv­er­ies seam away

Four overs lat­er, Roach struck again, this time get­ting debu­tant right-han­der Pathum Nis­san­ka to edge to sec­ond slip where Hold­er took a sharp catch low to his left at 92 for five

On the ropes, Sri Lan­ka were re­vived by Thi­r­i­manne and Dick­wella, who com­bined for the best stand of the in­nings by adding 58 for the sixth wick­et

Thi­r­i­manne, res­olute in de­fence but un­able to re­al­ly score freely with wick­ets falling at the oth­er end, faced 180 de­liv­er­ies in just short of five hours at the crease and punched four fours

Dick­wella, al­so left-hand­ed, hit two fours off 76 balls in near­ly an hour-and-a-half

They guid­ed Sri Lan­ka safe­ly to tea on 129 for five with Thi­r­i­manne un­beat­en on 56, hav­ing raised his sev­enth Test fifty about three-quar­ters of an hour be­fore the in­ter­val

And the pair kept West In­dies with­out fur­ther suc­cess for an­oth­er 40 min­utes af­ter tea be­fore the flood­gates opened

Dick­wella threw his bat at a wide de­liv­ery from Hold­er and edged a chest-high catch to Corn­wall at first slip and four overs lat­er with just 10 runs added at 160 for six, Thi­r­i­manne’s re­sis­tance end­ed when he in­side-edged a widish, full length de­liv­ery from Hold­er on­to his stumps

Hold­er claimed his fourth af­ter Suran­ga Lak­mal got a lead­ing edge at­tempt­ing to flick, and watched as Brath­waite com­plet­ed an ex­cel­lent catch run­ning back at back­ward point at 163 for eight

The end then came swift­ly as Roach spec­tac­u­lar­ly rem­ploved Dush­man­tha Chameera’s off-stump for two and Hold­er gained a mar­gin­al lbw de­ci­sion against num­ber 10 La­sith Em­buldeniya, to comete his five-wick­et haul

CMC

Scores:

SRI LAN­KA 169 (Lahiru Thi­r­i­manne 70, Niroshan Dick­wella 32; Ja­son Hold­er 5-27, Ke­mar Roach 3-47)

WEST IN­DIES 13 with­out loss

NORTH SOUND – Ja­son Hold­er shook off the dis­ap­point­ment of los­ing the cap­tain­cy to snatch his eighth Test five-wick­et haul and sur­pass 200 first class wick­ets, as West In­dies be­gan the new Kraigg Brath­waite era by dom­i­nat­ing Sri Lan­ka on the open­ing day of the first Test in An­tigua on Sun­day.

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Play­ing for the first time in 38 Tests with­out the bur­den of lead­er­ship, an in­spired Hold­er scythed through the Sri Lan­ka in­nings to fin­ish with five for 27 and send the vis­i­tors tum­bling for an in­ad­e­quate 169 in their first in­nings, 80 min­utes be­fore the close.

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Vet­er­an Ke­mar Roach al­so bowled su­perbly to pick up three for 47 and con­tin­ue as the all-time wick­et-tak­er at the Vi­vian Richards Crick­et Sta­di­um with 33 scalps from six match­es

Left-hand­ed open­er Lahiru Thi­r­i­manne pro­duced a tena­cious top score of 70 while wick­et­keep­er Niroshan Dick­wella weighed in with 32 but both per­ished in the fi­nal ses­sion as Sri Lan­ka lost five wick­ets for 19 runs in a wretched 58-ball pe­ri­od

Tasked with sur­viv­ing the last hour of the day’s play, Brath­waite (three not out) and John Camp­bell (sev­en not out) en­dured few alarms as they guid­ed West In­dies safe­ly to 13 with­out loss at the close

“It’s good to get back out on the field for West In­dies [in Tests]. Ob­vi­ous­ly it’s been a cou­ple months {away],” said Hold­er, who missed last month’s two-Test se­ries in Bangladesh

“I’m just glad to­day was my day and I could con­tribute heav­i­ly to­wards the team’s cause and glad I could put the team in a pret­ty good po­si­tion.”

Sent in, Sri Lan­ka made an un­cer­tain start be­fore los­ing their first wick­et two overs be­fore the drinks break when cap­tain Dimuth Karunaratne (12), dropped on 11 by Jer­maine Black­wood off Roach in the pre­vi­ous over, turned the fourth ball of off-spin­ner Rah­keem Corn­wall’s third over in­to John Camp­bell’s lap at short leg at 17 for one

And West In­dies struck again in the third over fol­low­ing the drinks break, claim­ing new bats­man Os­ha­da Fer­nan­do for four via the run out.

The right-hand­ed Fer­nan­do re­spond­ed to Thi­r­i­manne’s call for a quick sin­gle but found him­self short of his ground at the strik­er’s end as Brath­waite swooped from short cov­er with a di­rect hit, leav­ing the tourists in fur­ther trou­ble on 29 for two

Thi­r­i­manne found an al­ly in the ex­pe­ri­enced Di­nesh Chandi­mal (4) and were nav­i­gat­ing a safe pas­sage to lunch when the right-han­der per­ished to the first ball of the fi­nal over be­fore lunch, feath­er­ing a de­fen­sive prod through to wick­et­keep­er Joshua Da Sil­va to give Hold­er his first wick­et

On 54 for three at lunch, Sri Lan­ka twice at­tempt­ed to build part­ner­ships dur­ing the sec­ond ses­sion on­ly for the per­se­ver­ing Roach to in­ter­vene on each oc­ca­sion

Dhanan­jaya de Sil­va, start­ing his in­nings af­ter lunch, looked to be get­ting en­trenched when he spent 45 min­utes over 13 in adding 22 for the fourth wick­et with Thi­r­i­manne

How­ev­er, he per­ished with the hour mark ap­proach­ing, de­ceived and com­pre­hen­sive­ly bowled by an in-swinger from Roach af­ter watch­ing the two pre­vi­ous de­liv­er­ies seam away

Four overs lat­er, Roach struck again, this time get­ting debu­tant right-han­der Pathum Nis­san­ka to edge to sec­ond slip where Hold­er took a sharp catch low to his left at 92 for five

On the ropes, Sri Lan­ka were re­vived by Thi­r­i­manne and Dick­wella, who com­bined for the best stand of the in­nings by adding 58 for the sixth wick­et

Thi­r­i­manne, res­olute in de­fence but un­able to re­al­ly score freely with wick­ets falling at the oth­er end, faced 180 de­liv­er­ies in just short of five hours at the crease and punched four fours

Dick­wella, al­so left-hand­ed, hit two fours off 76 balls in near­ly an hour-and-a-half

They guid­ed Sri Lan­ka safe­ly to tea on 129 for five with Thi­r­i­manne un­beat­en on 56, hav­ing raised his sev­enth Test fifty about three-quar­ters of an hour be­fore the in­ter­val

And the pair kept West In­dies with­out fur­ther suc­cess for an­oth­er 40 min­utes af­ter tea be­fore the flood­gates opened

Dick­wella threw his bat at a wide de­liv­ery from Hold­er and edged a chest-high catch to Corn­wall at first slip and four overs lat­er with just 10 runs added at 160 for six, Thi­r­i­manne’s re­sis­tance end­ed when he in­side-edged a widish, full length de­liv­ery from Hold­er on­to his stumps

Hold­er claimed his fourth af­ter Suran­ga Lak­mal got a lead­ing edge at­tempt­ing to flick, and watched as Brath­waite com­plet­ed an ex­cel­lent catch run­ning back at back­ward point at 163 for eight

The end then came swift­ly as Roach spec­tac­u­lar­ly rem­ploved Dush­man­tha Chameera’s off-stump for two and Hold­er gained a mar­gin­al lbw de­ci­sion against num­ber 10 La­sith Em­buldeniya, to comete his five-wick­et haul

CMC

Scores:

SRI LAN­KA 169 (Lahiru Thi­r­i­manne 70, Niroshan Dick­wella 32; Ja­son Hold­er 5-27, Ke­mar Roach 3-47)

WEST IN­DIES 13 with­out loss