Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 1, final scores:
Sri Lanka: 200
West Indies: 17-1, trail by 183 runs
Dream debut for Warrican
The first day of the second Test at Colombo offered the perfect plaform for the West Indian trio of fast bowlers. Things turned out exactly as predicted. Sri Lanka’s top order got toppled over by the West Indian Pace attack. It was then that the Warrican show began. What a debut for the left arm Caribbean spinner, who picked up four wickets to seal the deal for the Sri Lankans for a low score of 200!
The Sri Lankan innings came close 2 hours into the final session at the P Sara Oval. The West Indians lost Shai Hope early pon to Dhammika Prasad, but Bathwaite and Bishoo hung on well, preventing any further loss, before the play was officially called off due to bad light.
Silva’s form in Sri Lankan colors didnt change from bad to good, when Jerome Taylor struck him out for a duck. Taylor, who passed a late fitness test right before the start of the game, was consistent with speeds of upto 140 kph. His ball that got rid of Silva was a beautiful delivery that swung in and then swerved away, leaving the Sri Lankan opener edging to the wicketkeeper. Rod Tucker wasnt convinced initially, but a West Indian review turned things on its head. The third umpire seemed convinced and Silva had to walk back to the pavilion, yet again after a disappointing effort.
Silva’s dismissal set up the rythm for the rest of the West Indies fast bowler, who picked up the Sri Lankan top order, before handing things over to the debutant Warrican. Kemar Roach picked up Kusal Mendis, while Jason Holder got rid of Dimuth Karunaratne. The morning session was owned by the West Indies fast bowlers, even the legendary Curtly Ambrose looked impressed!
If it werent for the efforts by Rangana Herath and Siriwardana, the Sri Lankans might have suffered a total wipe out. Siriwardana made a decent effort to lift Sri lanka up with two decent partnerships for Chandimal and Kusal Pereral. Warrican came on, massive pressure on the youngster. Understandably so, he got dispatched by Mathews early on, but seemed to recover soon enough. Nothing significant happened for the next 14 overs. It was then that a bad ball by Warrican got his efforts rewarded, after a loose full toss came straight back into his hands via a loose Kusal Perera drive. The day turned out a dream start for the young Caribbean man, who had earlier received a cap from one of the all time greats, “Gary Sobers”. Congratulations, and best of luck to Warrican for a bright career ahead! Amazing 4 wicket haul!