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    4.3 brilliant catch... Vaas digs it in short, Smith gets across and falls for the hook, the top edge sails towards long leg and Thushara sprints from fine leg and pulls off of a brilliant take falling low to his right 22/1
    50.5 Sri Lanka finally get the breakthrough, flighted on middle and off, Bravo gives him the charge but ends up spooning it back to Murali who shows good reflexes and hangs onto it, the ball travelled fairly quickly off the bat. Very enterprising knock by Bravo given the circumstances, he deserved a ton 156/2
    75.5 West Indies lose their mainstay....Thushara angles this into him from round the wicket, the ball lands outside the line of offstump and cuts in, Sarwan tries to tuck it away and the ball hits him just on the knee roll, Bowden has a long look at it and gives it out, there was a bit of doubt whether that would have hit the legstump, may have just shaved it 212/5
    57.5 poor shot, Vaas bowls that wide of offstump and gets it to slant away, Samuels, after shouldering arms to the same delivery the previous ball decides to fish at it and gets a thin edge which Sangakkara accepts diving to his right with both hands 171/3
    61.1 big blow for West Indies, Vaas lands it outside off, not much swing there, Chanderpaul gets across a little late and ends up getting a thick inside edge onto his middle stump The stump is pegged back and so is West Indies. The pressure mounts on Sarwan now. 178/4
    not out
    82.4 just before tea... Murali floats this one down the legside, it's not the conventional offspinner as it goes straight through, Hinds goes for the sweep but doesn't pull it off, Sangakkara gets across the stumps quickly and claims the catch. The Sri Lankans are confident they've got him and Taufel agrees. Replays are inconclusive as to whether that shaved the edge, the bat did hit the pitch on the sweep. Hinds was a bit stunned at the decision 229/6
    83.5 it all seemed so inevitable after getting beaten repeatedly in the over, Thushara pitches this one on the corridor outside off, Ramdin pokes at it and gets a thick outside edge which travels low to Jayawardene at first slip 231/7
    88.3 he's squared up by the doosra, lands on middle and off, Benn gets forward, expecting it to turn away but the ball strikes him on the pad in front of middle and off, Taufel thinks for a while and raises the finger 244/8
    102.1 the new ball works, Vaas thuds it in short of a length, the ball holds its line and kicks up on him towards his chest, he tries to fend it off and only manages to spoon it to Dilshan at second slip 291/9
    106.2 Amazing! simply astounding! You won't see better catches than that! Powell tries to scoop it over the infield on the off side, he doesn't get the desired elevation, Murali runs backwards at mid-off, he keeps his gaze at it and pulls off a blinder with his right-hand and falls over backwards. He hands onto it while he's still airborne. All ten of them crowd around him and Sri Lanka have won their first ever Test on West Indies soil and take a 1-0 lead in the series 315/10
    42 (b 25, lb 3, nb 14)
    315 all out (106.2 Overs, RR: 2.96, 448 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-22 (DS Smith, 4.3 ov), 2-156 (DJ Bravo, 50.5 ov), 3-171 (MN Samuels, 57.5 ov), 4-178 (S Chanderpaul, 61.1 ov), 5-212 (RR Sarwan, 75.5 ov), 6-229 (RO Hinds, 82.4 ov), 7-231 (D Ramdin, 83.5 ov), 8-244 (SJ Benn, 88.3 ov), 9-291 (JE Taylor, 102.1 ov), 10-315 (DBL Powell, 106.2 ov)
    WPUJC Vaas22.276152.7300
    T Thushara17.027024.1108
    HMRKB Herath22.074402.0001
    M Muralitharan45.0611232.4801

Close of Play

  • Sat, 22 Mar - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 269/4 (DPMD Jayawardene 25*, TM Dilshan 15*, 90 ov)
  • Sun, 23 Mar - day 2 - West Indies 1st innings 29/1 (DS Smith 8*, RR Sarwan 21*, 16 ov)
  • Mon, 24 Mar - day 3 - West Indies 1st innings 269/9 (JE Taylor 22*, DBL Powell 6*, 106 ov)
  • Tue, 25 Mar - day 4 - West Indies 2nd innings 96/1 (DJ Bravo 46*, RR Sarwan 34*, 23 ov)
  • Wed, 26 Mar - day 5 - West Indies 2nd innings 315 (106.2 ov) - end of match

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