Published On: Thu, Jun 7th, 2018

Dowrich, Bishoo frustrate SL in rain-hit session

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Lunch West Indies 268 for 6 (Dowrich 57*, Bishoo 7*) v Sri Lanka

West Indies consolidated their position in the 9.1 overs possible before lunch – Shane Dowrich moving past fifty as he and Devendra Bishoo added 22 to the overnight score. Early rain had delayed the start by almost an hour, before another shower washed out the remainder of the session. Sri Lanka’s bowlers were less disciplined on the second morning than they had been on the first. Though they were operating with a ball that was only four overs old at the start half-century did not manage to create a clear-cut chance, even if they did take the edge of the bat on occasion.

Dowrich, who had started on 46, reached his half-century off the third ball of the day, swiveling on the back foot to sock a short ball from Suranga Lakmal over square leg. The milestone was some justification of Dowrich’s selection over Denesh Ramdin. Some Trinidadian supporters had in fact been so incensed at Ramdin’s omission, that they had even held a silent protest outside the ground before the start of day one.

Through the remainder of this very short session, Dowrich continued unruffled. Occasionally Lakmal squared him up with balls that were angled into the body, before straightening off the seam. But even when he was surprised by the movement, Dowrich hit the ball under his eyes, and played with soft hands. It was not immaculate defensive work, but it was good enough.

Bishoo, who had batted out 32 scoreless deliveries on the first afternoon, largely made his runs via thick outside edges. But none of these were ever fine enough to interest the slip cordon, and he survived 23 further balls.

From among the Sri Lanka seamers, Lahiru Kumara occasionally bowled brutish deliveries that leapt off a length, but it was Lakmal who more consistently tested the batsmen. That is largely how it had been on day one as well.

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