Colombo - Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad
picked up two more wickets as Sri Lanka reduced West Indies to 77 for four at
lunch on the second day of the second and final test at the P Sara Oval on
Play was delayed by 30 minutes due to a wet
outfield after overnight rain and Prasad made full use of the overcast
conditions, bowling an impeccable line and length to extract movement off the
pitch to trouble the West Indies batsmen.
After bundling out the hosts for 200 on the
opening day, West Indies would have hoped for a solid start from their batsmen
after resuming on 17-1 in the morning.
Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo (13) was the
first to fall, edging a wide delivery from Prasad, who had dismissed opener
Shai Hope on Thursday, to wicketkeeper Kusal Perera.
West Indies' batting mainstay Darren Bravo
(two) then chopped Prasad onto his stumps to put the touring side in further
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who remained
unbeaten on 37 at the break, tried to rebuild the innings with a stand of 39
for the fourth wicket with Marlon Samuels (13) before the latter fell in the
penultimate over before lunch.
All-rounder Milinda Siriwardana, who
top-scored for his side with 68 in the first innings, got Samuels to edge to
Angelo Mathews at slip off his left-arm spin bowling.
Jermaine Blackwood, on nought, was the
other unbeaten batsman for West Indies at the break.
Hosts Sri Lanka won the opening test at
Galle by an innings and six runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.