Published On: Mon, Jun 18th, 2018

Gabriel's 8 for 62 sets West Indies 296 target

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Sri Lanka 253 and 342 (Mendis 87, Dickwella 62, Gabriel 8-62) set West Indies 300 (Smith 61, Kumara 4-86) 296 to win

Shannon Gabriel blasted out Sri Lanka’s two final wickets inside his first two overs of the day, leaving West Indies a target of 296 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Those wickets gave Gabriel innings figures of 8 for 62, and match figures of 13 for 121 – the third best match analysis in West Indies’ storied Test history.

Sri ;anka could add only eight runs to their overnighT score, and it could have been three fewer, had umpire Ian Gould not erroneously called a no-ball when Gabriel had bowled Akila Dananjaya off an inside edge off the third ball of his second over this morning.

The call was tight, but there did appear to be a part of the bowler’s boot behind the line. It did not matter much – Dananjaya tried to duck when Gabriel had pitched short two deliveries later, only for the ball to keep low and ricochet off the batsman’s gloves into the wickets. Dananjaya finished with a valuable 23 off 30 balls.

In Gabriel’s previous over, he had struck Suranga Lakmal in front of the stumps before Sri Lanka had managed to get off the mark for the day. That wicket was the 99th of his Test career; Dananjaya was his 100th.

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