West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 3, Review: Wickets tumble aplenty as the battle rages on

West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 3, Review: Wickets tumble aplenty as the battle rages on

Jason Holder sets a rare record on the third day of the game

Windies cricketers celebrate a dismissal
Windies cricketers celebrate a dismissal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Pink ball Test match between West Indies and Sri Lanka is likely is get a result out very soon. The West Indies currently lead the 3-match series 1-0. While the Sri Lankans would be looking to draw the series, the West Indies are trying their level best to win it.

The third day of the 3rd day was a day that was completely dominated by the bowlers. There wasn’t any rain on this particular day and 78.2 overs were bowled. Further, 20 wickets have fallen on the which will now ensure that there would be a result irrespective of the rain interruptions on day-4 and day-5. At the moment, Sri Lanka needs another 63 runs to win the game with 5 wickets in hand.

West Indies gain a mere 50-run lead at the end of first innings

Sri Lanka started off the day with an overnight score of 99/5. Niroshan Dickwella and Roshen Silva were batting out there in the middle. These two were looking to pile up some runs and build an important partnership for their team. However, Shannon Gabriel made the first inroads of the day when he dismissed Roshen Silva on 11. After this wicket, Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera battled in the middle and added 29 runs.

But, it was the Windies skipper Jason Holder who broke this important partnership. He dismissed Dickwella on 42 as he edged one to Devon Smith at the second slip. West Indies bowlers didn’t take much time to wrap things up after this wicket. The next three batsmen were dismissed for a duck as Holder picked two of those wickets and he ran Lahiru Kumara out.

Windies batsmen fall like a pack of cards

With a 50-run lead, West Indies should have looked to push the lead much past Sri Lanka’s reach ideally. However, that didn’t happen as they kept losing wickets one after another. West Indies were down to 14/5 within the 8th over of the innings. Kieran Powell with 7 runs was the highest scorer among the top five batsmen. Devon Smith and Shai Hope were dismissed for a duck which added to the plight.

Then, Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder added a partnership of 27 runs. However, Dowrich fell when the team’s total was 41 and wickets kept tumbling yet again. Sri Lanka had the upper hand then as the score was 56/8 within no time with Holder dismissed. However, they will rue the partnership between Kemar Roach and Cummins at the end. They added another 26 runs for the 9th wicket and another 11 runs for the 10th. West Indies were bowled out for 93 with Lakmal and Rajitha picking 3 wickets each.

Holder goes past the likes of Garfield Sobers and Malcolm Marshall

Sri Lanka required to chase down 144 runs in the fourth innings to win the game. In a rather easy chase, it seemed as if Sri Lanka would get through with ease. But, that wasn’t to be the case as Jason Holder took things in his own control. Firstly, Kemar Roach dismissed Mahela Udawatte for a duck in the third over.

After that, it was all Holder’s show. He dismissed the likes of Dhananjaya de Silva and Danushka Gunathilaka just as these two were looking good and got off to some good starts. Soon, he followed this up with the wickets of Roshen Silva and Dickwella giving West Indies the upper hand.

However, the dangerous Kusal Mendis is still out there in the middle batting on 25 runs. He could be the difference between both the sides and Windies will be eyeing his wicket. Also, in this match, Holder went past the likes of the legendary Garfield Sobers and Malcolm Marshall by picking 8 wickets in the game. These are the best figures for a West Indies skipper in the Caribbean.

Brief Scores

West Indies: 204/10 in 69.3 overs (Jason Holder 74, Shane Dowrich 71, Lahiru Kumara 4/58)

Sri Lanka: 154/10 in 59 overs (Niroshan Dickwella 42, Danushka Gunathilaka 29, J Holder 4/19)

West Indies: 93/10 in 31.2 overs (Kemar Roach 23*, Shane Dowrich 16, K Rajitha 3/20)

Sri Lanka: 81/5 in 24 overs (Kusal Mendis 25*, D Gunathilaka 21, J Holder 4/21)

Sri Lanka need 63 runs to win the game