PORT OF SPAIN: Shai Hope failed to take full advantage of two moments of good fortune as Sri Lanka limited the West Indies to 153 for five at tea on the opening day of the first Test of a three-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Wednesday.
Fast-medium bowler Lahiru Kamara accounted for the elegant right-hander for 44 to claim his second wicket for the day but it was namesake seamer Lahiru Gamage who was left ruing opportunities lost.
Without adding to his score of 29 at the interval, Hope chased a wide delivery and edged a catch to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella only to be reprieved by a no-ball call.
Within minutes Gamage had another wicket celebration cut short as he earned an LBW verdict against but the batsman’s request for a television replay review of the decision revealed a thin inside-edge and the dismissal was reversed.
Hope and Roston Chase extended their fourth-wicket partnership to 54 when Kamara’s persistence with a short-pitched line of attack brought about Hope’s demise via a gloved leg-side catch to Dickwella.
As expected, Rangana Herath played a bigger role at the bowling crease in the day’s second session and the most successful left-arm spinner in Test history responded with the wicket of Chase for 38 via a sharp catch by Angelo Mathews at slip when the batsman edged an attempted cut.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich and captain Jason Holder then batted with extreme caution to the interval, resulting in just 54 runs being added over the two hours. They face a challenging task in the final session to justify Holder’s decision to bat first at the start of the day.
Earlier, Devon Smith’s return to international cricket after more than three years ended in disappointment.
Opening the batting with Kraigg Brathwaite, the 36-year-old left-hander watched his partner depart in just the third over of the match, caught behind off experienced seamer Suranga Lakmal.—AFP