Barring rain, the West Indies seem destined for certain defeat after another embarrassing batting display on day-four of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle today (November 24).
Chasing 348 for victory, the West Indies were floundering at 52-6, still needing another 296 runs if they are to pull off a nearly impossible victory.
On a day when the start was delayed by rain, the West Indies added six runs to their overnight total of 224-9. Shannon Gabriel was the last man out for two after being trapped leg before wicket by Praveen Jayawickrama, who finished with figures of 4-40.
Ramesh Mendis took 3-75.
Having established a lead of 156 runs, Captain Dimuth Karunaratne followed up on his 147 in the first innings with 83 while Angelo Matthews scored an unbeaten 69 to propel Sri Lanka to 191-4 in 40.5 overs to set the West Indies a challenging target.
The pair put on 123 for the third wicket that was key to Sri Lanka’s early declaration.
Jomel Warrican, with 2-42, and Rahkeem Cornwall, 2-60, were the best of the West Indies bowlers.
Sri Lanka didn’t have to be too concerned as Kraigg Brathwaite (0), Jermaine Blackwood (9), Shai Hope (3), Roston Chase (1) and Kyle Mayers (2) and Jason Holder (0) were all back in the hutch by the 12th over. Mendis did the bulk of the damage with 4-17 while his partner in destruction, Lasith Embuldeniya, took 2-18 as the visitors were unable to pick the straighter one that goes on with the arm.
Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner provided some resistance, putting on 38 for the seventh wicket by close of play but they will need to bat for much longer and pray for rain if the West Indies are to save the Test