Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 1st Test: West Indies v Sri Lanka at Providence, Mar 22-26, 2008
Sri Lanka won by 121 runs
22,23,24,25,26 March 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

Two slips and a forward short-leg in place

9.45: Sri Lanka have won the toss and have chosen to bat.

Teams: Sulieman Benn, the Barbados left-arm spinner, will make his debut.

West Indies: Chris Gayle (capt), Devon Smith, Ramnaresh Sarwan Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ryan Hinds, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sulieman Benn, Jerome Taylor, Daren Powell

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Michael Vandort, Malinda Warnapura, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakeratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Chaminda Vaas, Thilan Thushara, Rangana Herath, Muttiah Muralitharan

Pitch: The experts say the surface at Providence is very similar to the one at Bourda, which means it will be play fairly slow. The batsmen should enjoy this, so should the spinners later on.

9.30 local time: The team news we have so far is that Ramnaresh Sarwan has been named the vice-captain. Sarwan was the first-choice captain after Brian Lara's retirement last year but a serious injury forced him out of action for months, leading to musical chairs in the captaincy. Daren Ganga first filled in for the Tests in England, Gayle for the one-dayers, Sarwan returned for the ICC World Twenty20, Gayle stepped in for the tour of South Africa. A Gayle injury pushed Dwayne Bravo into the job midway through that tour. All limbs are in shape now, and Gayle's obviously impressed the men at the top with his leadership skills in the few opportunities he got.

We'll bring you news of the toss and teams shortly.

9.15 local time: Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the first Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Providence, Guyana. This is Kanishkaa Balachandran, your commentator for the match. Joining me is Jamie Alter, who'll bring you the bulletin.

It's the return of Test cricket to West Indies after nearly two years, taking last year's 'delightful' World Cup into account. Let's not get started on that.

The action kicks off at Providence, Test cricket's 97th and newest venue. This is also the tenth Test venue at the West Indies. This ground hosted a few World Cup games last year, including the thriller between Sri Lanka and South Africa where Lasith Malinga nearly staged a coup with four wickets in as many balls.

Malinga, unfortunately, will not be around this time. Sri Lanka have lost three fast bowlers, including Maharoof and Dilhara Fernando, to injury so it's upto the old warhorse Chaminda Vaas to lead the seam attack. There's also 'that' man Muralitharan to chip in. Pardon my sarcasm, he'll be a threat, surely, so Gayle and Co better watch out.

It will be one middle order against the other. The series and stats previews have more.

0.1

Powell to Vandort, no run, slants that one wide outside off, left alone, there's good carry through to the keeper

0.2

Powell to Vandort, no run, hits a good length outside off and gets it to shape away, he lets it go

there's a wide third slip as well

0.2

Powell to Vandort, no run, hits a good length outside off and gets it to shape away, he lets it go

there's a wide third slip as well

0.3

Powell to Vandort, no run

0.4

Powell to Vandort, no run

0.5

Powell to Vandort, no run

0.6

Powell to Vandort, no run

End of over 1 (maiden) Sri Lanka 0/0

    • MG Vandort 0 (6b)
    • SM Warnapura 0 (0b)
    • DBL Powell 1-1-0-0
1.1

Taylor to Warnapura, no run

1.2

Taylor to Warnapura, no run

1.3

Taylor to Warnapura, no run

1.4

Taylor to Warnapura, 2 runs, Sri Lanka are off the mark, that was full on off and he leans forward and drives through the line past the bowler

1.5

Taylor to Warnapura, no run

1.6

Taylor to Warnapura, FOUR, The first of the match, he has a big slash at a wide delivery outside off, he gets a thick outside edge which flies just over second slip

End of over 2 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0

    • SM Warnapura 6 (6b 1x4)
    • MG Vandort 0 (6b)
    • JE Taylor 1-0-6-0
    • DBL Powell 1-1-0-0
2.1

Powell to Vandort, no run

2.2

Powell to Vandort, no run

2.3

Powell to Vandort, FOUR, hits a fullish length outside off, he leans forward, opens the face of the bat and glides that past the slips

2.4

Powell to Vandort, FOUR, similar shot, the ball lands on a fullish length outside off, he gets a good stride forward and glides that much squarer as it beats point

2.4

Powell to Vandort, FOUR, similar shot, the ball lands on a fullish length outside off, he gets a good stride forward and glides that much squarer as it beats point

2.5

Powell to Vandort, no run

2.6

Powell to Vandort, no run

End of over 3 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0

    • MG Vandort 8 (12b 2x4)
    • SM Warnapura 6 (6b 1x4)
    • DBL Powell 2-1-8-0
    • JE Taylor 1-0-6-0
3.1

Taylor to Warnapura, no run

3.2

Taylor to Warnapura, 1 run

3.3

Taylor to Vandort, no run

3.4

Taylor to Vandort, no run

3.5

Taylor to Vandort, no run

3.6

Taylor to Vandort, 1 run

End of over 4 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 16/0

    • MG Vandort 9 (16b 2x4)
    • SM Warnapura 7 (8b 1x4)
    • JE Taylor 2-0-8-0
    • DBL Powell 2-1-8-0
4.1

Powell to Vandort, 1 run

4.2

Powell to Warnapura, no run

4.3

Powell to Warnapura, no run

4.4

Powell to Warnapura, FOUR, half volley on middle and leg and he gives it the treatment by biffing it with force past the bowler, along the ground and past mid-on

4.5

Powell to Warnapura, no run, left alone outside the off stump

4.6

Powell to Warnapura, no run, short of a good length delivery, bit of away movement and Warnapura leaves it through to the keeper

End of over 5 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 21/0

    • SM Warnapura 11 (13b 2x4)
    • MG Vandort 10 (17b 2x4)
    • DBL Powell 3-1-13-0
    • JE Taylor 2-0-8-0

Three slips and two gullys in place

5.1

Taylor to Vandort, no run, in the channel outside the off stump, no shot offered

5.2

Taylor to Vandort, 3 runs, fullish on off and middle, he gets forward and pushes it firmly through the line past mid-off, sarwan gives the chase

5.3

Taylor to Warnapura, no run

5.4

Taylor to Warnapura, no run

5.5

Taylor to Warnapura, no run

5.6

Taylor to Warnapura, 1 run

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 25/0

    • SM Warnapura 12 (17b 2x4)
    • MG Vandort 13 (19b 2x4)
    • JE Taylor 3-0-12-0
    • DBL Powell 3-1-13-0

We apologise for the loss of commentary due to technical issues

6.1

Powell to Warnapura, no run, hits it short of a length and forces him on the backfoot, he defends it back

6.2

Powell to Warnapura, no run, sticks to the same length, he rocks back and defends

6.3

Powell to Warnapura, 2 runs, adjusts to a fuller length, he's drawn forward into the drive and he beats the gap between point and cover

6.4

Powell to Warnapura, no run, the lifter, bangs it in on a good length, he weaves away from the ball as it fizzes past the outside edge

6.5

Powell to Warnapura, no run, slides down the leg side, he tries to glance it fine but the ball vlips his pads and ramdin slides to collect it

6.6

Powell to Warnapura, 1 run, Run-out opportunity! The batsman is tucked up on the backfoot and the ball rolls towards slips, after a bit of hesitation they take the run and Vandort is short of his ground when a diving Benn misses the stumps. Benn ran in from the slips

End of over 7 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 28/0

    • SM Warnapura 15 (23b 2x4)
    • MG Vandort 13 (19b 2x4)
    • DBL Powell 4-1-16-0
    • JE Taylor 3-0-12-0

We have spin already and it's Gayle

7.1

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, driven back to the bowler

7.2

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, pitches outside off and kicks up, he ;lets it go

7.3

Gayle to Warnapura, FOUR, excellent shot, pitches outside off and doesn't turn, he's cramped for room but adjusts well as he gets his bat down at an angle and slices it hard past slip and down to third man

7.4

Gayle to Warnapura, 1 run, goes back and punches it to the offside

7.5

Gayle to Vandort, no run, gets forward and defends

7.6

Gayle to Vandort, no run, gets forward and defends again

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 33/0

    • MG Vandort 13 (21b 2x4)
    • SM Warnapura 20 (27b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-5-0
    • DBL Powell 4-1-16-0
8.1

Powell to Warnapura, no run, half volley on the pads and he drives it straight to mid-on, that was a boundary ball

8.2

Powell to Warnapura, no run, false stroke, tempts him with width outside off, he slashes and misses, lack of pace on the ball there

8.3

Powell to Warnapura, no run

8.4

Powell to Warnapura, FOUR, hits a good length outside off, Warnapura plays away from his body but controls the stroke well as he drives it just wide of point and down to the vacant third man region

8.5

Powell to Warnapura, no run

8.6

Powell to Warnapura, no run

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 37/0

    • SM Warnapura 24 (33b 4x4)
    • MG Vandort 13 (21b 2x4)
    • DBL Powell 5-1-20-0
    • CH Gayle 1-0-5-0

Bravo replaces Gayle

9.1

Bravo to Vandort, no run, bowls round the wicket, he shoulders arms

9.2

Bravo to Vandort, no run, makes him play this time as he pitches it full outside off, he leans forward and pushes to mid-off

9.3

Bravo to Vandort, no run, hits a fullish length outside off, he gets forward and pushes to cover

9.4

Bravo to Vandort, no run, gets it it curve in from outside off, Vandort watchfully lets it go

9.5

Bravo to Vandort, no run, hits it short, Vandort ducks but kind of misjudges the bounce as the ball just sails over his arched back and slides down leg

9.6

Bravo to Vandort, no run, hits a good length on middle, he covers the line and defends

End of over 10 (maiden) Sri Lanka 37/0

    • MG Vandort 13 (27b 2x4)
    • SM Warnapura 24 (33b 4x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1-1-0-0
    • DBL Powell 5-1-20-0
10.1

Powell to Warnapura, FOUR, pitches on a good length on middle and swings in, Warnapura gets a half stride forward and whips it across the line past the vacant midwicket region

10.2

Powell to Warnapura, no run, hits a much fuller length and curves outside off, he drives through the line to cover

10.3

Powell to Warnapura, no run, bowls from slightly wide of the crease and gets it to angle wide across the left hander, left alone

10.4

Powell to Warnapura, no run, bangs it in short and wide outside off, Warnapura isn't interested in chasing that

bowls round the wicket

10.5

Powell to Warnapura, FOUR, the change of attack to round the wicket doesn't work for Powell as he pitches it up outside off, Warnapura stays at the crease and drives on the up past mid-off and cover, that was smoked away and the ball just raced off the bat

10.6

Powell to Warnapura, 1 run, high full toss, he pushes it hard but can't beat mid-off, they take a run anyway

End of over 11 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 46/0

    • SM Warnapura 33 (39b 6x4)
    • MG Vandort 13 (27b 2x4)
    • DBL Powell 6-1-29-0
    • DJ Bravo 1-1-0-0
11.1

Bravo to Warnapura, no run, hops on the backfoot and taps it to the on side

11.2

Bravo to Warnapura, 1 run, slides down the leg side, he glances it to fine leg

11.3

Bravo to Vandort, no run, hits a fullish length, he gets forward and defends back to the bowler

11.4

Bravo to Vandort, no run, gets a good stride forward and defends softly to the offside

11.5

Bravo to Vandort, no run, bangs that one short and Vandort ducks, Bravo gets good away movement as the ball slides down leg

11.6

Bravo to Vandort, no run, gets across his stumps and taps it softly to the offside

End of over 12 (1 run) Sri Lanka 47/0

    • MG Vandort 13 (31b 2x4)
    • SM Warnapura 34 (41b 6x4)
    • DJ Bravo 2-1-1-0
    • DBL Powell 6-1-29-0

It appears to be quite hot out there. Clear skies, no clouds - that's what we want

12.1

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, good delivery to start off with in his new spell, pitches outside off and holds its line, the batsman fishes at it

12.2

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, adjusts to a shorter length, he gets across and defends solidly on the backfoot

2 slips and a gully

12.3

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, gets across and taps it down towards point with an angled bat, he turns down a single

12.4

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, aims for that yorker length, he drives firmly through the line but a deepish mid-off runs to his left and intercepts it

12.5

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, pitched up on middle, a firm on drive is intercepted by Taylor's left hand

12.6

Taylor to Warnapura, FOUR, very poor delivery, he bangs it in short and wide outside off, the ball sits up nicely for Warnapura who slashes it high over backward point

End of over 13 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 51/0

    • SM Warnapura 38 (47b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 13 (31b 2x4)
    • JE Taylor 4-0-16-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-1-1-0
13.1

Bravo to Vandort, 1 run, pitches on middle and leg, he tucks it to the on side

13.2

Bravo to Warnapura, no run, pitches outside off and straightens, he gets across his stumps and lets it go tentatively

13.3

Bravo to Warnapura, no run, pitches outside off, it's a more assured leave this time

13.4

Bravo to Warnapura, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it towards point

13.5

Bravo to Vandort, no run, fullish on off and middle, he gets forward and defends back to the bowler

13.6

Bravo to Vandort, no run, full and in the slot to drive through the offside, he can't beat cover though

Good start by SL. There really hasn;t been much of a new ball threat in the first hour and it looks like the bowlers will have to work hard for wickets

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 53/0

    • MG Vandort 14 (34b 2x4)
    • SM Warnapura 39 (50b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 3-1-3-0
    • JE Taylor 4-0-16-0

Bravo gets a bit of treatment for his left foot. The physio's out. Nothing serious.

14.1

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, Taylor pitches it up outside off, he lets it go, it's the right line on this pitch as the only way to induce a mistake is to pitch it up and make him play

14.2

Taylor to Warnapura, no run

14.3

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, false stroke, he pitches it outside off and the ball straightens, he slashes and misses

14.4

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, another slash outside off, this one kicks up more, Warnapura's getting impatient here

14.5

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, gets forward and steers it to backward point

14.6

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 15 (maiden) Sri Lanka 53/0

    • SM Warnapura 39 (56b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 14 (34b 2x4)
    • JE Taylor 5-1-16-0
    • DJ Bravo 3-1-3-0
15.1

Bravo to Vandort, no run, pitches on middle and leg, he tucks it softly towards mid-on

15.2

Bravo to Vandort, 1 run, slides on middle and leg, he works his wrists and tucks it down to fine leg

15.3

Bravo to Warnapura, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets across and punches to cover

15.4

Bravo to Warnapura, no run, holds the length back outside off, Warnapura gauges the extra bounce and shoulders arms

15.5

Bravo to Warnapura, 1 run, adjusts the line to middle and leg, he pushes it towards mid-on

15.6

Bravo to Vandort, no run, bangs it in a little shorter, he stays on the backfoot and steers it towards point

End of over 16 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 55/0

    • MG Vandort 15 (37b 2x4)
    • SM Warnapura 40 (59b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 4-1-5-0
    • JE Taylor 5-1-16-0
16.1

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, pegs away outside the offstump, keeps it to a good lengt, he lets it go

16.2

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, fuller in length outside off, he leans forward and drives straight to cover

16.3

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, gets forward and drives again, finds short cover this time

still 2 slips and a gully

16.4

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, pitches it much fuller, he drives firmly past the bowler but gets the placement wrong as mid-off intercepts it

16.5

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, holds the length back outside off, he lets it go

16.6

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, ends the over with a maiden, his second in a row, he tucks it to mid-on

End of over 17 (maiden) Sri Lanka 55/0

    • SM Warnapura 40 (65b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 15 (37b 2x4)
    • JE Taylor 6-2-16-0
    • DJ Bravo 4-1-5-0
17.1

Bravo to Vandort, no run, bangs it in short of a length, the ball kicks as it reaches Vandort as he manages to fend it to the offside

17.2

Bravo to Vandort, no run, tests him with another short one, Vandort easily rocks back and turns it to the on side

17.3

Bravo to Vandort, no run, half-volley outside off, he gets forward and pushes it firmly with the 'V' but can only find mid-off

17.4

Bravo to Vandort, no run, watchfully lets it go outside the offstump

17.5

Bravo to Vandort, FOUR, easily done... Bravo pitches it on a good length outside off, Vandort gets a good stride forward, gets his bat down on an angle and dabs it safely past gully and down to third man

17.6

Bravo to Vandort, no run, bangs it in short outside off, he watchfully shoulders arms

End of over 18 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 59/0

    • MG Vandort 19 (43b 3x4)
    • SM Warnapura 40 (65b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 5-1-9-0
    • JE Taylor 6-2-16-0

We have the debutant left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn. He's tall and lanky. One slip in place and a forward short-leg

18.1

Benn to Warnapura, no run, he has a fairly quick approach to the wicket, he lands it on off stump, doesn't come in much, he rocks back and cuts to point

18.2

Benn to Warnapura, no run, gets across and turns it to midwicket

18.3

Benn to Warnapura, no run, pitches outside off, he rocks back and makes room and cuts to point

18.4

Benn to Warnapura, no run, slides on middle, he tucks it through the line to midwicket

18.5

Benn to Warnapura, no run, lands it on a good length outside off, he rocks back and cuts to point

18.6

Benn to Warnapura, 1 run, bangs it in on middle, the ball turns a little, he shuffles across his stumps and works it towards fine leg

End of over 19 (1 run) Sri Lanka 60/0

    • SM Warnapura 41 (71b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 19 (43b 3x4)
    • SJ Benn 1-0-1-0
    • DJ Bravo 5-1-9-0
19.1

Bravo to Warnapura, 1 run, pitches on leg, he shuffles and tucks it in front of midwicket

Bravo has a short leg

19.2

Bravo to Vandort, no run, pitches it short, tries to get that short leg fielder into play, Vandort gets back and quietly taps it to the on side

19.3

Bravo to Vandort, no run, bangs it in even shorter, Vandort is quick to the task as he rocks back and defends

19.4

Bravo to Vandort, no run, turns his wrists and works it to the on side

19.5

Bravo to Vandort, no run, fullish and wide outside off, he shows the full face and pushes through the line to mid-off

19.6

Bravo to Vandort, no run, well bowled, that's a well directed bouncer as Vandort weaves backwards to evade it, the ball fizzes past his face

End of over 20 (1 run) Sri Lanka 61/0

    • MG Vandort 19 (48b 3x4)
    • SM Warnapura 42 (72b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 6-1-10-0
    • SJ Benn 1-0-1-0
20.1

Benn to Warnapura, no run, flighted on middle, turned to the on side

20.2

Benn to Warnapura, no run, gets forward and defends to the offside

20.3

Benn to Warnapura, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and defends to cover

20.4

Benn to Warnapura, no run, flighted on off and middle, he pushes it to the on side

20.5

Benn to Warnapura, no run, not much turn, he stays back and tucks it towards midwicket

20.6

Benn to Warnapura, no run, flighted outside off, he leans forward and drives straight to mid-off

That's a maiden

End of over 21 (maiden) Sri Lanka 61/0

    • SM Warnapura 42 (78b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 19 (48b 3x4)
    • SJ Benn 2-1-1-0
    • DJ Bravo 6-1-10-0
21.1

Bravo to Vandort, 1 run, bangs it in short, he goes on the backfoot and defends softly to the offside, they set off quickly for the run, Bravo runs forward, gathers the ball ,swivels and takes aim at the stumps at his end

21.2

Bravo to Warnapura, no run, left alone outside off

21.3

Bravo to Warnapura, no run, full on off and middle, driven firmly along the pitch but Bravo gets his right hand to it

21.4

Bravo to Warnapura, no run, stays back and whips it firmly to the on side, the ball bounces once and catches forward short leg on the shin, at first glance it appeared like a chance for a catch

21.5

Bravo to Warnapura, no run, bangs it in outside off, he shoulders arms watchfully

21.6

Bravo to Warnapura, 2 runs, gives him a bit of width outside off, he shuffles and punches it through the gap on the offside as backward point runs across and cuts it off

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 64/0

    • SM Warnapura 44 (83b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 20 (49b 3x4)
    • DJ Bravo 7-1-13-0
    • SJ Benn 2-1-1-0
22.1

Benn to Vandort, no run, flighted on leg, the ball catches his pad as he tucks it away to the on side

22.2

Benn to Vandort, 1 run, rocks on the backfoot and tucks it to the on side

22.3

Benn to Warnapura, 1 run, slightly short, he swivels and pulls to deep backward square leg

22.4

Benn to Vandort, no run, stays back and tries to tuck it wide of midwicket, he gets a thick inside edge onto his boot

22.5

Benn to Vandort, no run, defended back to the bowler

22.6

Benn to Vandort, no run, gets a big stride forward and defends back to the bowler

End of over 23 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 66/0

    • MG Vandort 21 (54b 3x4)
    • SM Warnapura 45 (84b 7x4)
    • SJ Benn 3-1-3-0
    • DJ Bravo 7-1-13-0

SL have gone a little quiet in the last few overs. Gayle returns. Two slips

23.1

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, gets forward and defends

23.2

Gayle to Warnapura, 2 runs, gets down to a premeditated paddle sweep, he drags it from outside off and gets a couple to fine leg

23.3

Gayle to Warnapura, 1 run, full outside off, pushed in front of mid-off who's quite deep

2nd slip goes. Forward short leg in place

23.4

Gayle to Vandort, no run, gets his pad forward and shoulders arms

23.5

Gayle to Vandort, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and defends

23.6

Gayle to Vandort, no run, stays and taps it softly in front of cover, they contemplate a quick single, Warnapura scampers back

End of over 24 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 69/0

    • MG Vandort 21 (57b 3x4)
    • SM Warnapura 48 (87b 7x4)
    • CH Gayle 2-0-8-0
    • SJ Benn 3-1-3-0
24.1

Benn to Warnapura, no run, defended back to the bowler

24.2

Benn to Warnapura, no run, takes a few paces forward, checks his stroke and taps it back to the bowler

24.3

Benn to Warnapura, no run, defended back to the bowler

24.4

Benn to Warnapura, 2 runs, pitches it slightly short, he waits for the turn, rocks back and punches it wide of point and cover and brings up his half-century

24.5

Benn to Warnapura, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he shuffles and pushes to mid-on

24.6

Benn to Warnapura, no run, gets forward and taps it to mid-off

End of over 25 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 71/0

    • SM Warnapura 50 (93b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 21 (57b 3x4)
    • SJ Benn 4-1-5-0
    • CH Gayle 2-0-8-0
25.1

Gayle to Vandort, no run, tossed slowly, he gets forward and defends

25.2

Gayle to Vandort, no run, gets a good stride forward and defends

25.3

Gayle to Vandort, no run, pushes it faster, he does well to cover the line and defend

25.4

Gayle to Vandort, 1 run, pushed in flatter and quick too, he shuffles and tucks it wide of midwicket

25.5

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, gets forward and pushes to cover

25.6

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, cuts back on the pace, he gets on the backfoot and taps it back to the bowler

End of over 26 (1 run) Sri Lanka 72/0

    • SM Warnapura 50 (95b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 22 (61b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 3-0-9-0
    • SJ Benn 4-1-5-0

We have another 15 mins till the lunch break

26.1

Benn to Vandort, no run, pitches it short and looks for turn, there is a bit of turn as he tucks it square on the on side

Leg slip in place

26.2

Benn to Vandort, no run, nearly had him there.... pitches it short, gets a bit more turn, he tries to whip it through the on side but gets an inside edge which nearly creeps between his leg and rolls towards the stumps

26.3

Benn to Vandort, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

26.4

Benn to Vandort, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

26.5

Benn to Vandort, no run, gets on the backfoot this time and defends back to the bowler

26.6

Benn to Vandort, no run, fires that in flat and fast, he's quick to the task and defends back to Benn

End of over 27 (maiden) Sri Lanka 72/0

    • MG Vandort 22 (67b 3x4)
    • SM Warnapura 50 (95b 7x4)
    • SJ Benn 5-2-5-0
    • CH Gayle 3-0-9-0
27.1

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, rocks back and cuts but can't beat point

27.2

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, gets forward and defends back to Gayle

27.3

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, switches to over the wicket, he gets on his knee and paddles to short fine-leg

27.4

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, defended to the on side

27.5

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, defended to the off side

27.6

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, switches back to round the wicket, he attempts another sweep but the ball rolls to short fine-leg

End of over 28 (maiden) Sri Lanka 72/0

    • SM Warnapura 50 (101b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 22 (67b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 4-1-9-0
    • SJ Benn 5-2-5-0

More fielders around the bat. We have a silly point as well.That's four guys

28.1

Benn to Vandort, no run, defended on the frontfoot

28.2

Benn to Vandort, FOUR, shot of the morning.... Flighted on off and middle, Vandort gets on his knee and lofts it high over mid-on

28.3

Benn to Vandort, no run, gets forward and defends

28.4

Benn to Vandort, no run, gets forward and defends to the offside

28.5

Benn to Vandort, FOUR, gives it plenty of air outside off, lands on a half-volley outside off, he leans forward and caresses it past the arc between cover and mid-off

28.6

Benn to Vandort, no run, rocks back and tucks it to the on side

End of over 29 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 80/0

    • MG Vandort 30 (73b 5x4)
    • SM Warnapura 50 (101b 7x4)
    • SJ Benn 6-2-13-0
    • CH Gayle 4-1-9-0
29.1

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, goes for a sweep, meets the ball on the pads, Gayle appeals but the ball was sliding down leg

29.2

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, gets forward and defends

29.3

Gayle to Warnapura, 1 run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and defends

29.4

Gayle to Vandort, 1 run, pitches on the pads, worked towards fine leg

29.5

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, gets forward and pushes it very firmly towards cover

29.6

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 30 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 82/0

    • SM Warnapura 51 (106b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 31 (74b 5x4)
    • CH Gayle 5-1-11-0
    • SJ Benn 6-2-13-0
30.1

Benn to Vandort, no run, gets back, waits for the turn and taps it to the offside

30.2

Benn to Vandort, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he works his wrists and beats forward short-leg

30.3

Benn to Warnapura, no run, bowls over the wicket, pushes it firmly back to the bowler and Benn shows aggression by flinging it back to the keeper

30.4

Benn to Warnapura, 2 runs, pitches it short of a length and wide outside off, he rocks back and cuts wide of backward point

30.5

Benn to Warnapura, no run, flighted on middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler

30.6

Benn to Warnapura, no run, floated on leg, he tucks it towards mid-on

It's been hard work for West Indies and full credit to the Sri Lankan openers for making the most of the session. The pitch has little for the seamers but there is hope for the spinners. Benn got a few to turn, and we could see Ryan Hinds later on.

Save for a few streaky edges and one that nearly rolled on to the stumps, Sri Lanka will be very happy with this session. We'll see you at 12.40 local (16.40 GMT) for the second session.

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End of over 31 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 85/0

    • SM Warnapura 53 (110b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 32 (76b 5x4)
    • SJ Benn 7-2-16-0
    • CH Gayle 5-1-11-0

We're just moments away from the post-lunch session. Not much of a crowd in so far. It's rather quiet out there, no shouts, horns or drums. Can the real West Indies come alive please?

Warnapura and Vandort walk out. Daren Powell has the ball. Windies will have to breakthrough quickly

31.1

Powell to Vandort, no run, bowls over the wicket, bangs it in just short of a length outside off, he punches it to point

31.2

Powell to Vandort, no run, pitches it fuller and slants it across the left-hander, left alone

31.3

Powell to Vandort, 1 run, Vandort gets a good stride forward, gets his bat down on an angle and beats gully

31.4

Powell to Warnapura, no run, pitches outside off and doesn't slant away that much, he shoulders arms

2 slips and a gully

31.5

Powell to Warnapura, no run, Warnapura shows his weakness for the cut again as he slashes at one slightly wide outside off without moving his feet and misses

31.6

Powell to Warnapura, 1 run, full outside off and dug out firmly to mid-off

End of over 32 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 87/0

    • SM Warnapura 54 (113b 7x4)
    • MG Vandort 33 (79b 5x4)
    • DBL Powell 7-1-31-0
    • SJ Benn 7-2-16-0

The sun's hiding behind the clouds now

32.1

Benn to Warnapura, 1 run, flighted on middle, pushed through the line to long-on

32.2

Benn to Vandort, no run, flighted outside off, gets forward and defends

32.3

Benn to Vandort, no run, pitches on off, not much turn, he defends to the offside

32.4

Benn to Vandort, 1 run, floated on middle and leg, he pushes it to long-on, defensive field here

32.5

Benn to Warnapura, 1 run, rocks back, waits for it to turn and cuts wide of point

The umpire has a word with Benn for treading on the danger areas on the pitch

32.6

Benn to Vandort, no run, works his wrists and tucks it to the on side

End of over 33 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 90/0

    • MG Vandort 34 (83b 5x4)
    • SM Warnapura 56 (115b 7x4)
    • SJ Benn 8-2-19-0
    • DBL Powell 7-1-31-0
33.1

Powell to Warnapura, FOUR, lovely shot... Powell overpitches outside off and slants it wide, he gets down on his knee and creams it past the gap between cover and point

33.2

Powell to Warnapura, no run, pitches outside off, he lets it go

33.3

Powell to Warnapura, no run, pitches it short of a length outside off, Warnapura goes back and tries to slice it square on the offside but backward point intercepts it

33.4

Powell to Warnapura, no run, pitches close to the region of offstyump and bounces a little more as he shoulders arms

33.5

Powell to Warnapura, FOUR, streaky but he'll take it.... Powell pitches it up wide outside off, he tries to bludgeon that through the offside but gets a thick outside edge which flies past a diving second slip. Third slip would have swallowed that but there was no fielder in that position

33.6

Powell to Warnapura, no run, tucked to the on side

End of over 34 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 98/0

    • SM Warnapura 64 (121b 9x4)
    • MG Vandort 34 (83b 5x4)
    • DBL Powell 8-1-39-0
    • SJ Benn 8-2-19-0
34.1

Benn to Vandort, no run, gets back and works it to the on side

34.2

Benn to Vandort, no run, tries to nudge to the on side but the ball bounces a little ,more and clips his pad

34.3

Benn to Vandort, no run, pushed firmly back to the bowler

34.4

Benn to Vandort, no run, stays back and steers it to the offside

34.5

Benn to Vandort, FOUR, Vandort gets into the act now, he picks a fullish delivery from outside off, gets on his knee and swings across the line to beat the vacant midwicket region, there was a cry of 'catch it' but nobody to oblige

34.6

Benn to Vandort, 1 run, tucks it to the on side and sets off for a single

End of over 35 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 103/0

    • MG Vandort 39 (89b 6x4)
    • SM Warnapura 64 (121b 9x4)
    • SJ Benn 9-2-24-0
    • DBL Powell 8-1-39-0
35.1

Powell to Vandort, no run, slants it across the left hander, he gets forward and lets it go

35.2

Powell to Vandort, no run, pitches it slightly wider and doesn't make him play again as he lets it go

35.3

Powell to Vandort, no run, Chance: Vandort tries to work a short of a length delivery on leg to the on side but gets a leading edge which balloons towards gully, Benn dives to his left but the ball was wide

35.4

Powell to Vandort, no run, hits a good length on middle, defended back to the bowler

35.5

Powell to Vandort, 1 run, closes the face of the bat and works it in front of mid-on for a single

35.6

Powell to Warnapura, FOUR, good stroke...pitches just a little wide outside off, the ball comes on fairly quickly to Warnapura who gets the width and cuts wide of gully, importantly he keeps the ball down

End of over 36 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 108/0

    • SM Warnapura 68 (122b 10x4)
    • MG Vandort 40 (94b 6x4)
    • DBL Powell 9-1-44-0
    • SJ Benn 9-2-24-0
36.1

Benn to Vandort, no run, gets on the backfoot and defends

36.2

Benn to Vandort, no run

36.3

Benn to Vandort, no run, gets on the backfoot and defends

36.4

Benn to Vandort, no run, pushed in flatter and faster, he defends

36.5

Benn to Vandort, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he tucks it to mid-on

36.6

Benn to Vandort, no run, gives it air outside off, he gets forward and defends

End of over 37 (maiden) Sri Lanka 108/0

    • MG Vandort 40 (100b 6x4)
    • SM Warnapura 68 (122b 10x4)
    • SJ Benn 10-3-24-0
    • DBL Powell 9-1-44-0
37.1

Powell to Warnapura, 1 leg bye, pitches outside leg, he tries to nudge it to the on side and Powell appeals, that's the first extra of the day, ladies and gentlemen, in the 38th over!

37.2

Powell to Vandort, no run, bangs it in short outside off, he weaves away and lets it go

37.3

Powell to Vandort, 1 run, punched firmly on the frontfoot past the bowler and Chanderpaul at mid-off does well to slide to his left and intercept it

37.4

Powell to Warnapura, no run, slides down the legside, he tries to nudge it fine but misses

37.5

Powell to Warnapura, no run, hits a good length outside off, he shoulders arms

37.6

Powell to Warnapura, no run, Appeal, the loudest of the day so far, Powell pitches it outside leg, he tries to whip it behind square on the on side but the ball would have missed the stumps anyway

End of over 38 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 110/0

    • SM Warnapura 68 (126b 10x4)
    • MG Vandort 41 (102b 6x4)
    • DBL Powell 10-1-45-0
    • SJ Benn 10-3-24-0
38.1

Benn to Vandort, 1 run, rocks back and punches it back to the bowler

38.2

Benn to Warnapura, no run, flighted on middle, he defends back to the bowler

38.3

Benn to Warnapura, no run

38.4

Benn to Warnapura, 1 run, pitches it short from round the wicket, he swivels and picks the fielder at deep backward square-leg

38.5

Benn to Vandort, 1 run, pushed to long-on

38.6

Benn to Warnapura, FOUR, bangs it in short outside off, he gets on the backfoot and slams that through the offside to deep extra cover boundary

End of over 39 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 117/0

    • SM Warnapura 73 (130b 11x4)
    • MG Vandort 43 (104b 6x4)
    • SJ Benn 11-3-31-0
    • DBL Powell 10-1-45-0
39.1

Powell to Vandort, no run, gets on the frontfoot and defends to the offside

39.2

Powell to Vandort, no run, pitches just a shade outside off, he gets forward and defends

39.3

Powell to Vandort, no run, pitches outside off, he walks across his stumps and defends back to the bowler

39.4

Powell to Vandort, no run, gets forward and defends very close to his pads

39.5

Powell to Vandort, FOUR, bangs it short of a length on middle and shapes away, Vandort picks the length early, the lack of pace allows him to swing across the line and meet the ball off the middle of the bat as he pulls past midwicket

39.6

Powell to Vandort, no run

End of over 40 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 121/0

    • MG Vandort 47 (110b 7x4)
    • SM Warnapura 73 (130b 11x4)
    • DBL Powell 11-1-49-0
    • SJ Benn 11-3-31-0

Taylor returns for a new spell. Replaces Benn

40.1

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, pitches it up on the region of offstump, he defends back to the bowler

Deep point for Warnapura

40.2

Taylor to Warnapura, 2 runs, slides towards the pads, he shuffles just a touch and whips it uppishly past square leg

40.3

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, walks across his stumps and pushes to mid-off

40.4

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, gets on the front foot this time and pushes it towards mid-off

40.5

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, pitches it fuller and this comes on quicker to Warnapura as he digs it to the offside

40.6

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, pitches wide outside off and he goes for yet another ugly slash outside off, he's tried that quite a few times already

End of over 41 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 123/0

    • SM Warnapura 75 (136b 11x4)
    • MG Vandort 47 (110b 7x4)
    • JE Taylor 7-2-18-0
    • DBL Powell 11-1-49-0
41.1

Gayle to Vandort, no run, pushes it to the offside, fails to cover the line properly

41.2

Gayle to Vandort, no run, defended back to the bowler

41.3

Gayle to Vandort, 1 run, flighted outside off, he pushes it firmly in front of mid-off

41.4

Gayle to Warnapura, 1 run, flighted outside off, he picks it on a full length and just beats short cover, mid-off picks it up

41.5

Gayle to Vandort, no run, flighted outside off, he drives to cover

41.6

Gayle to Vandort, FOUR, streaky.... Gayle flights it wide outside off, Vandort stretches out and gets a thick outside edge which just beats slip, that brings up his half-century and 1000 career runs

End of over 42 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 129/0

    • MG Vandort 52 (115b 8x4)
    • SM Warnapura 76 (137b 11x4)
    • CH Gayle 6-1-17-0
    • JE Taylor 7-2-18-0
42.1

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, full outside off, driven to mid-off

42.2

Taylor to Warnapura, 1 run, holds the length back outside off, he rocks back and punches it wide of point

42.3

Taylor to Vandort, no run, half volley outside off, he drives straight to mid-off

42.4

Taylor to Vandort, OUT, West Indies finally breakthrough.... Taylor gets it to swing in and land on a yorker length on middle and leg, Vandort tries to work it past square leg but is beaten for pace and struck close to his boot, easy decision for umpire Taufel

MG Vandort lbw b Taylor 52 (167m 117b 8x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

42.5

Taylor to Sangakkara, no run, tests Sangakkara out with a yorker outside off, he gets a big stride across and digs it out

42.6

Taylor to Sangakkara, no run, almost had him there...pitches it full and wide outside off, Sangakkara chases it and misses

End of over 43 (1 run) Sri Lanka 130/1

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (2b)
    • SM Warnapura 77 (139b 11x4)
    • JE Taylor 8-2-19-1
    • CH Gayle 6-1-17-0
43.1

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, flighted outside off, defended

43.2

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, shoulders arms outside off

43.3

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, gets back and steers it to the offside

43.4

Gayle to Warnapura, 2 runs, tries to drag that from outside off and the paddle doesn't quite come off well as the ball brushes the glove and beats the keeper

43.5

Gayle to Warnapura, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to mid-on

43.6

Gayle to Sangakkara, no run, gets back and cuts to point

End of over 44 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 133/1

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (3b)
    • SM Warnapura 80 (144b 11x4)
    • CH Gayle 7-1-20-0
    • JE Taylor 8-2-19-1
44.1

Taylor to Warnapura, 3 runs, superb fielding... Sangakkara leans onto a cover drive and beats the offside, Hinds at deep cover slides to his left and cuts it off before the rope

44.2

Taylor to Sangakkara, no run, gets back and defends back to the bowler

44.3

Taylor to Sangakkara, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets back and defends to the offside

44.4

Taylor to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets across his stumps, he punches it softly towards mid-off and sets off

44.5

Taylor to Warnapura, 1 run, that's a high full toss, Sangakkara slices it hard past backward point but a squarish third man stops it

44.6

Taylor to Sangakkara, no run, fullish on offstump, defended back to the bowler

End of over 45 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 138/1

    • KC Sangakkara 1 (7b)
    • SM Warnapura 84 (146b 11x4)
    • JE Taylor 9-2-24-1
    • CH Gayle 7-1-20-0
45.1

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, drives away from his body and gets an inside edge which rolls back to the bowler

45.2

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, driven on the frontfoot to the offside

45.3

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, gets forward and pushes to the offside

45.4

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, tries to sweep, the ball rolls to short fine leg

45.5

Gayle to Warnapura, no run

45.6

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, driven to cover

End of over 46 (maiden) Sri Lanka 138/1

    • SM Warnapura 84 (152b 11x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (7b)
    • CH Gayle 8-2-20-0
    • JE Taylor 9-2-24-1
46.1

Taylor to Sangakkara, no run, gets on the backfoot and pushes it to the offside

46.2

Taylor to Sangakkara, no run, pitches outside off, he gets back and defends off the full face of the bat

2 slips and a gully

46.3

Taylor to Sangakkara, no run, half volley on offstump, he gets down on his knee and stylishly tries to drive through the covers but finds the cover fielder, good shot for no run

46.4

Taylor to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and drives just wide of mid-off for a single

Silly mid-off in place

46.5

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, low full toss, he pushes it straight to silly mid-off, good field placement by Gayle

46.6

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, hits a good length outside off, he stays back and cuts to gully

End of over 47 (1 run) Sri Lanka 139/1

    • SM Warnapura 84 (154b 11x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 2 (11b)
    • JE Taylor 10-2-25-1
    • CH Gayle 8-2-20-0

The West Indies' body language has perked up after that wicket. They need to get rid of Sangakkara early to seize this session

47.1

Gayle to Sangakkara, no run, pitches on middle, no turn yet for Gayle as Sanga defends back to the bowler

47.2

Gayle to Sangakkara, no run, holds the length back, he gets on the backfoot and punches it firmly back to Gayle

47.3

Gayle to Sangakkara, no run, stays back and punches it firmly to the left of Gayle who runs across and cuts it off

47.4

Gayle to Sangakkara, no run, defended back to the bowler

47.5

Gayle to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked to the on side for a quick single, there's a direct hit but it's too late

47.6

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, slides down leg, he tries to work it fine but misses

End of over 48 (1 run) Sri Lanka 140/1

    • SM Warnapura 84 (155b 11x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 3 (16b)
    • CH Gayle 9-2-21-0
    • JE Taylor 10-2-25-1

Bravo returns for a new spell

48.1

Bravo to Sangakkara, 1 run, grants him plenty of width outside off, he stretches out and cuts to cover

48.2

Bravo to Warnapura, no run, hits a good length on middle, he gets nicely behind the line and defends back to Bravo

short cover in place

48.3

Bravo to Warnapura, 1 run, pitches on middle and leg, he shuffles across and works it to midwicket

48.4

Bravo to Sangakkara, no run, gets behind the line and defends back to the bowler

48.5

Bravo to Sangakkara, no run, pitches it full and wide outside off, he goes for the square drive but can't beat cover

48.6

Bravo to Sangakkara, no run, grants him a bit more width outside off but he lets it go

End of over 49 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 142/1

    • KC Sangakkara 4 (20b)
    • SM Warnapura 85 (157b 11x4)
    • DJ Bravo 8-1-15-0
    • CH Gayle 9-2-21-0
49.1

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, flighted on off and middle, he gets forward and defends

49.2

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, transfers his weight on the backfoot and cuts to point

49.3

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, gets forward and firmly drives through the line to the covers

49.4

Gayle to Warnapura, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he gets on his knee and sweeps to fine leg

49.5

Gayle to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he shuffles across and tucks it to the on side

49.6

Gayle to Warnapura, no run, full outside off, he gets forward and drives back to Gayle

End of over 50 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 144/1

    • SM Warnapura 86 (162b 11x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 5 (21b)
    • CH Gayle 10-2-23-0
    • DJ Bravo 8-1-15-0
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