Two wickets in one over, that of Brendon Nash and Darren Bravo by off spinner Tillekeratne Dilshan turned the complexion of the game and the West Indies replying to Sri Lanka’s 387 for nine declared were 165 for 5 when bad light ended play 52 minutes after tea on the third day of the Second Test at the R.Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. As the Test now stands, and with rain and bad light playing spoil sports, unless the unforeseen happens, this Test too will go down in the books as another ’also played’ Test match. The only moment to savour was when debutant paceman Suranga Lakmal captured his first wicket that of Sri Lanka’s First Test tormentor, Chris Gayle.
Gayle was threatening with a 30 ball 30 with 7 fours, when Lakmal tempted the ‘man mountain’ with a bouncer. Gayle fell for the bait, and holed out to Angelo Mathews at square leg and did not the young fast man celebrate. He will always treasure that wicket and the moment.
With Gayle missing out, it fell to another promising and exciting south paw Darren Bravo to provide the sparkle. He played a dashing innings lofting 3 sixes and hitting 5 fours and when a century was his for the asking, a sudden rush of blood saw him lash out at Dilshan to be brilliantly taken by a diving Rangana Herath in the covers for 80.