Banks's allround display boosts West Indies
Sri Lanka A 271 for 6 (Daniel 72, Mubarak 61, Banks 3-50) trail West Indians 534 for 7 (Joseph 114, Bravo 118, Jacobs 117*, Banks 90) by 263 runs
The West Indians continued to warm-up well ahead of next week's first Test on the second day of their tour match against Sri Lanka A at Shenley. Resuming on 351 for 6, Ridley Jacobs and Omari Banks added a further 183 runs together as the West Indians declared at 534 for 7. Sri Lanka A then closed at 271 for 6, with Banks taking three of the wickets to fall.
Just as they did yesterday, the West Indians managed to prove that they can score runs without Brian Lara, as Jacobs and Banks continued the run fest. Jacobs, resuming on 30 not out, finished unbeaten on 117, with 17 fours and a six. While Jacobs is a certain starter next week at Lord's, Banks pushed his case with an entertaining 90 from 85 balls, with nine fours and six sixes. He put on a commanding stand with Banks until he was caught by Malintha Gajanayake off Thilan Thushara.
Ramnaresh Sarwan, the acting captain, immediately closed the innings with West Indies at 534 for 7, after all five of the Sri Lanka bowlers finished with at least 90 runs against their names.
However, Shantha Kalavitigoda and Ian Daniel proved they could live with the big boys too. They put on 92 for the opening wicket before Kalavitigoda was caught by Tino Best off Dwayne Bravo for 27. Daniel continued his good form on the tour, and he had made a quick 72 when Fidel Edwards had him caught by Bravo.
Malintha Gajanayake and Jehan Mubarak carried on the good work, adding 78 together. Gajanayake, though, was caught by Devon Smith to give Best his first wicket of the match. Banks then followed up his impressive performance with the bat by grabbing three wickets. The first to go was Mubarak, caught by Dwaye Smith for 61. Then Bathiya Perera was snaffled behind by Jacobs for 19, and Kaushal Lokuarachchi was also caught, by Edwards for 10.
Prasanna Jayawardene and Thushara were then left holding the fort at the close with Sri Lanka A still 263 runs behind.