Sri Lanka President's XI v West Indians, tour match, Colombo, 1st day November 10, 2010

Nash fifty carries West Indies

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stumps Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI 59 for 3 (Silva 13*, Kandamby 0*, Sammy 1-0) trail West Indians 176 (Nash 62, Welegedara 3-37, Bandara 3-39) by 117 runs

West Indies' batsmen struggled on the first day of their tour match against a Sri Lanka President's XI at Colombo, an 81-run stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash - who went on to make 62 - the only partnership of note as they were bowled out for 176. Kemar Roach and Nelon Pascal, who took the new ball for the tourists, removed both openers early, while new captain Darren Sammy struck in the final over of the day as the Sri Lankans finished on 59 for 3 in reply.

The West Indians will have been hoping for more time in the middle after Sammy won the toss and opted to bat, as this is their only warm-up game ahead of the first Test at Galle on November 15. But left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara got past both openers, Chris Gayle and Adrian Barath, early and Thilan Thushara bowled Darren Bravo as West Indies slipped to 29 for 3. Chanderpaul and Nash then came together for just over 25 overs of obstinate occupation of the crease, taking the score to 110 before Chanderpaul feathered an edge behind to be out for an 83-ball 33.

In comparison, Nash was rather more attacking and struck seven fours before he too was caught behind to give legspinner Malinga Bandara his first wicket. In the very next over Dwayne Bravo was pinned lbw by Welegedara to reduce West Indies to 134 for 6, and the President's XI spinners ensured there would be no lower-order fightback as Bandara shared the last four wickets with Ajantha Mendis to bowl the visitors out in the 56th over.

President's XI then lost both Tharanga Paranavitana and Dimuth Karunaratne in the space of three overs before Lahiru Thirimanne took advantage of some loose offerings from Roach and Pascal in a boundary-laden cameo that pushed the score past fifty. He was caught behind off Sammy in the final over of the day, however, and West Indies will be hoping for another breakthrough early on day two to keep them in the match.

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  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    by 80 i meant 80% fit player...or so they say

  • stephon on November 12, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    good job west indies KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.... you think that sarwan is not needed so drop him to GOOD THINKING.... now u need to bring back rampaul,ramdin, and co and good job in bring back Smith WELL DONE !! west indies might make about 600 and dec . LOL loves WI with a pride .

  • PATRICK on November 12, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Yet again we'll be ill prepared for a test series with only one rained out game to get used to conditions. To make a comparison, England will have played 3 matches and had 25 days here in Australia to prepare themselves before the first Ashes test. I know there must be costs involved, but surely WI could have arrived earlier and another match could have been played to better prepare and aclimatise our team?

  • Michael on November 11, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    @number 09! well said !85% of the players that have been selected or received contracts have batting av.between 10 and the early 20's.Certain batsmen(mostly)Bajans have av.>35 and can't get a play or a first choice .A man who top both the batting and bowling av.on the last A team tour,and who failed in one match since returning,can't even get a call up!People like Miles Bascombe,Johnson Charles and the like are selected,and as expected failed to make the grade.Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith were the top two on the last Australian tour.Smith failed in the series against Bangladesh ,and was dropped.Pollard failed also,and in every series since then,and the selectors are still after him,and he continues to SNUB them!Pollard has an av.under13 in one form, and under 20 in the other form of One Day Cricket.Rampaul who takes a wicket only after 107 runs have been taken off him,and the selectors give him a contract,and T.Best can't get a play!Ramdin dropped,but in the A team to find form!

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    clearly shows west indies selectors got it wrong by leaving out sarwan a man who averages 57 against sri lanka.....its best u play 80 fit player that would get u more runs and who is to say sarwan isn't fitter....the worst selection i think in west indies history...a travesty of high proportionality no wonder they cant make 200 runs from a select team...look at england....look at any team ...sigh...sorry state of west indies cricket...players not good enough...selection even worse and the board i need not go there...i would need more space to type......(fed up fan)

  • Ranga on November 11, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    As usual SL selectors messes things up. Sachithra Senanayake, who was the ebst domestic spinner not even making the BP XI. Are there any spinners they want to protect? Senanayake had been tearing apart the batting line ups that included Aussie and Pakistani A sides. He clearly leaps and bounds ahead of Herath and Mendis when form and class is concerened.

  • Len on November 10, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    No WIndies fan should be surprised that we have struggled in this match. In the lead up to it, I wanted to hear the strategies of Sammy, Garner and Gibson in regards to how their going to approach the tour, with regards to their batting, bowling and fielding. All we have heard from Sammy is some total rubbish about making WIndies a proud nation, every captain in the last fifteen years have come out with this nonsense. From the other two, we have hear absolutely NOTHING. Until those representing WInides learn to address the problems HEAD ON with what is wrong with its cricket and how to sort it out, we are going to struggle.

  • Worrell on November 10, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    This is not news. Just a normal occurrence. But our selectors have set the tone. 100% fit and 20 something average player is preferred to a 80% fit (due to injuries) to 40+average player.

  • Corwin on November 10, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    West Indies have struggled in recent times with spin in the sub-continent and I don't think they're going to do any better on this fact, they'll struggle even more with the absence of Sarwan. Having said that, I do wish them well...

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    it does not matter who west indies play,they result remain the same,sri lanka should rest all the main players and used these second string player,the will still beet west indies,they wi couch,selector,are just killing,they 2 best test batsman the drop?

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