We know the challenges of facing India at home: Ajaz Patel
23 Nov 2021
The persistent rainfall at Galle made sure that West Indies, despite a top-order collapse, remained alive in the first Test against hosts Sri Lanka. At the end of the second day, the Windies were 224-9 with wicket-keeper batter Joshua da Silva playing on unbeaten 11 and number XI Shanon Gabriel yet to arrive at the crease.
Starting their innings at the overnight score of 113-6, the Windies pair of Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers put on resistance as they added 50 runs more to their existing 13-run partnership to take it to 63, the highest of the West Indian innings thus far.
Mayers got a bit carried away and was removed by part-time option Dhanajaya de Silva. Holder followed suit and West Indies were once again in a spot of bother at 175-8, still, 11 runs behind the target of 186 to avoid the follow-on. It was then that Rahkeem Cornwall and da Silva got together and added 49 for the ninth wicket before Cornwall was trapped by Suranga Lakmal.
It was at the same time that rain hit the ground and went on till the end of the play was declared by the umpires. At the end of day-2 of the first Test, the men from the Caribbean are still 162 runs behind from the Sri Lankan total of 386 runs.