WINDIES WOMEN take a break before August; ICC WT20 just over 100 days away

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – With just over 100 days to go before the WINDIES Women go after their 2nd World Twenty20 title, the squad just completed another high-performance camp in Antigua.

This “Phase II” which ended yesterday (July 15) and was held for two weeks, focused on fitness, strength and conditioning; game sense scenarios and mental skills preparation.

Head Coach, Henderson Springer is happy with the squad’s progress overall and notes “the enthusiasm from some of the younger squad members, while being pleased with the level of fitness from the more-experienced players.” He also thought that the WINDIES Women’s Championship held in Jamaica in June was timely and “complemented the work the pre-Championship camp entailed.”

Some of the women will go off to Trinidad and Tobago for the Courts T20 Grand Slam which will run from July 18 – 28. The tournament will include up to 12 of the members of the WINDIES Women’s squad.

Springer is also happy with the timing of the tournament as he thinks “some of the ladies will get the much-needed game practice in keeping with what is required to compete.”

The Head Coach also noted that the women who return to their homes “will be involved in a skills maintenance program and they will be monitored by coaches in the respective islands/country.”

The ladies will re-assemble for another camp for three weeks in Antigua, starting in August.


The WINDIES Women will have at least two international series before they start their defense campaign. South Africa is scheduled to be in the region from September 10 to October 7. The 3-ODIs, 5-T20Is series is also part of the ICC Women’s Championship Fixtures.

India is due to play in the Caribbean in early October. A full schedule will be announced soon.

The 21-member squad reads:

  • Stafanie Taylor – captain
  • Shania Abdool
  • Merissa Aguilleira
  • Shemaine Campbelle
  • Shamilia Connell
  • Britney Cooper
  • Deandra Dottin
  • Afy Fletcher
  • Aria Fortune
  • Shabika Gajnabi
  • Sheneta Grimmond
  • Chinelle Henry
  • Qiana Joseph
  • Kycia Knight
  • Hayley Matthews
  • Natasha McLean
  • Anisa Mohammed
  • Chedean Nation
  • Akeira Peters
  • Karishma Ramharack
  • Shakera Selman

The ICC WT20 will be held in Antigua, Guyana and St Lucia, November 9 – 24.


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WINDIES to start its 16-ODIs trek to 2019 Cricket World Cup

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – WINDIES, still on a high from its 2-0 Test series win will turn its attention on the remaining 3-ODIs and 3-T20Is in the match-up against Bangladesh.

With less than a year before the 2019 Cricket World Cup (May 30 to July 14) Head Coach, Stuart Law has his eyes fixed on gaining momentum heading towards the tournament. But before that Coach is clear on the team’s mandate. “This is the start of our prep for 2019 CWC. Opportunities for players to stake a claim to be included in the squad. Great to have Dre Russ back as well. His explosive power and energy will breathe life into an already motivated squad.”

Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne notes “As we continue to prepare, there are only 16 ODIs leading up to the tournament. The panel will focus on giving opportunities from time to time to players that we believe can add value to the ODI team. Kemar Roach will be rested for the upcoming series as we continue to manage players’ work load. With the Super50 Championship set for October this year, we will also have an opportunity for regional players to perform heavily and place themselves in line to be considered for selection. The panel wishes Jason and his team every success in the upcoming series against Bangladesh.”

The 1st ODI is set for Guyana on Sunday, July 22 at 9:30 am – tickets are already on sale.

The 13-man squad reads:

  • Jason Holder – Captain
  • Devendra Bishoo
  • Chris Gayle
  • Shimron Hetmyer
  • Shai Hope
  • Alzarri Joseph
  • Evin Lewis
  • Jason Mohammed
  • Ashley Nurse
  • Keemo Paul
  • Kieran Powell
  • Rovman Powell
  • Andre Russell


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Man-of-the-Series Holder inspires Windies clean sweep

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The exceptional Jason Holder destroyed Bangladesh with his maiden 10-wicket haul in Tests and the best figures by a West Indies captain on Caribbean soil, as the hosts marched to an emphatic 166-run victory inside three days in the second Test, to record their first home series win in four years here Saturday.

Despite being rolled over for their lowest-ever total against Bangladesh when they were dismissed for 129 in their second innings, West Indies quickly hit back with vengeance, crushing the tourists for a meagre 168 to complete a 2-0 series win and climb back above their opponents to eighth in the ICC Test rankings.

The 26-year-old Holder was at the forefront of the Windies success, claiming six for 59 – his third five-wicket haul in the last six innings – to finish with career-best match figures of 11 for 103 and 16 wickets in the series.

For his superb efforts, Holder picked up the Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series awards, to leave his stamp on on the series.

“[For me it’s] just heart, just fight,” Holder said afterwards in reference to his performance.

“I always ask the guys for one last push, I always ask the guys to give everything and I just feel as if I do it from the front, the guys would be able to follow.

“That’s my mantra basically, to go out there and just put everything in. I expect tough days in cricket and tough days in life so it’s just about coping with it and getting through.”

Set an improbable 335 for victory, Bangladesh never came to grips with the Windies attack as Shakib top-scored with 54, opener Liton Das struck a run-a-ball 33 while former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim chipped in with 31.

They stumbled at the start of their run chase when experienced opener Tamim Iqbal fell without scoring in the third over with the score on two, lbw to Holder defending.

Liton Das played positively, however, cracking six fours in a 38-run, second wicket stand with Mominul Haque (15).

Ten minutes before tea, however, Das sliced a tentative drive at debutant pacer Keemo Paul and was caught at gully by Shai Hope, and with the last ball before the interval, Mominul missed a forward defensive prod at one from off-spinner Roston Chase (2-20) which went on with the arm, and perished lbw.

Wobbling on 52 for three at tea, Bangladesh lost their fourth wicket 20 minutes after the resumption, Mahmudullah (4) playing an atrocious heave at Chase and gifting his wicket to a catch at mid-wicket.

Shakib, however, found an ally in Mushfiqur and together they put on 54 for the fifth wicket, to temporarily avert danger for Bangladesh.

The left-handed Shakib stroked 10 fours in a flowing 81-ball knock in nearly 2-1/4 hours hours while Mushfiqur lasted 36 balls and struck six fours.

Holder returned to gain the breakthrough, bowling Mushfiqur off the inside edge, 45 minutes before the scheduled close, and then hitting Nurul Hasan in front off the next ball.

Speedster Shannon Gabriel had Mehidy Hasan (10) caught at second slip by Devon Smith at 138 for seven before Holder claimed the prized wicket of Shakib, beating a defensive push and up-rooting the left-hander’s leg stump.

Holder wasted little time in wrapping up the innings as he claimed the last two wickets in his next over.

Earlier, Windies had been anything but stellar as their batting flopped spectacularly, undermined by the superb Shakib who claimed six for 33 with his quality left-arm spin.

Chase top-scored with 32 but was the only one to pass 20 as the Windies lost their last nine wickets for 110 runs after resuming the morning on 19 for one.

Shakib struck in the fourth over of the morning when he drew opener Smith from his crease, for Nurul to complete a well-timed stumping, and send the left-hander on his way for 16 with the score on 28.

Nightwatchman Paul scored 13 but was bowled by Shakib attempting a second successive six and left-hander Kieran Powell once again played freely for his 18 which included a four and a six before falling on the stroke of the hour, trapped lbw on the crease by the same bowler.

Hope, still searching for form and confidence, played down the wrong line in the next over to left-arm spinner Taijul Islam and perished lbw for four, leaving the Windies on 64 for five.

Chase then settled the innings down in a 33-run stand with left-hander Shimron Hetmyer who again looked in fine touch in his 18 from 31 balls.

But with lunch beckoning, Hetmyer played back to seamer Abu Jayed and was adjudged lbw, as the hosts stumbled to 108 for six at the interval.

Chase could only add a further nine to his lunch time 23 before he was bowled round his legs by off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, missing a sweep, in the fourth over after the resumption.

His dismissal triggered the slide which saw the last four wickets tumble for a mere 21 runs, with off-spinner Mehidy Hasan chipping in with two for 45.

WEST INDIES 1st Innings 354

BANGLADESH 1st Innings 149

WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

(overnight 19 for one)

K Brathwaite b Shakib-Al-Hasan 8

D Smith st Nurul Hasan b Shakib-Al-Hasan 16

K Paul st Nurul Hasan b Shakib-Al-Hasan 13

K Powell lbw b Shakib-Al-Hasan 18

S Hope lbw b Taijul Islam 4

S Hetmyer lbw b Abu Jayed 18

R Chase b Mehidy Hasan 32

+S Dowrich not out 12

*J Holder st Nurul Hasan b Mehidy Hasan 1

M Cummins b Shakib-Al-Hasan 1

S Gabriel b Shakib-Al-Hasan 0

Extras (b1, lb2, w1, nb2) 6

TOTAL (all out, 45 overs) 129

Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-28, 3-53, 4-60, 5-64, 6-97, 7-122, 8-124, 9-129

Bowling: Abu Jayed 8-1-21-1 (nb1, w1), Mehidy Hasan 11-2-45-2, Kamrul Islam 2-0-3-0 (nb1), Shakib-Al-Hasan 17-5-33-6, Taijul Islam 7-0-24-1.

BANGLADESH 2nd Innings (target: 335)

Tamim Iqbal lbw b Holder 0

Liton Das c Hope b Paul 33

Mominul Haque lbw b Chase 15

*Shakib-Al-Hasan b Holder 54

Mahmudullah c Hope b Chase 4

Mushfiqur Rahim b Holder 31

+Nurul Hasan lbw b Holder 0

Mehidy Hasan c Smith b Gabriel 10

Taijul Islam not out 13

Kamrul Hasan lbw b Holder 0

Abu Jayed b Holder 0

Extras (b4, lb2, nb2) 8

TOTAL (all out, 42 overs) 168

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-40, 3-52, 4-67, 5-121, 6-121, 7-138, 8-162, 9-168, 10-168.

Bowling: Holder 13-3-59-6, Gabriel 9-2-29-1, Paul 7-0-34-1 (nb1), Cummins 5-1-20-0 (nb1), Chase 8-4-20-2.

Result: West Indies won by 166 runs.

Series: West Indies win two-Test series 2-0.

Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder.

Man-of-the-Series: Jason Holder.

Umpires: R Illingworth, S Ravi; TV – R Kettleborough.Add New


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Rugby 7s set to take on the USA

Bridgetown – Barbados’ male Rugby 7s team is heading to the United States this week to compete in two club Rugby tournaments in New York and Pennsylvania. The US tour will not only prepare the players for the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Regional 7s Championships being staged this September in Barbados, but also gives them the perfect platform to internationally market the highly-anticipated Mitsubishi Electric Rugby Barbados World 7s Tournament (MERBW7s).

 The Barbados JetBlues will play in both the RoadKill 7s in Binghamton New York on Saturday 14th July, and in the Doylestown 7s at the Doylestown Rugby Club in Pennsylvania on Saturday 21st July. They will also compete in a ‘mini-tournament’ at Buffalo Rugby Club on Wednesday 18th July to further improve their competitiveness and skill set in the lead up to the premier Rugby events to be hosted in Barbados later this year.

 George Nicholson, Manager of the MERBW7s Local Organising Committee, said the tour was invaluable international experience for our local team and hoped it would assist them to compete on home soil in December for the MERBW7s US $30 000 prize money that is up for grabs. “This annual tour is fast becoming one of the best ways for our boys to prepare for tournaments that increasingly demand a world-class standard of Rugby. In particular, this year’s MERBW7s Tournament is going to be bigger and better than ever before and we need to make sure that our team is at the very top of their game in order to fiercely compete against the other teams,” he said. Nicholson also thanked JetBlue Vacations for sponsoring this current tour to the USA, as well as for being a valued partner of the 2018 MERBW7s Tournament. “This is a very exciting time for Rugby in Barbados and JetBlue have been supportive of the sport from early on. We thank them and our other partners, including the Barbados Tourism Marketing Incorporation (BTMI) and the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC), for their continued efforts to ensure Rugby in Barbados reaches its maximum potential. We also wish to acknowledge Petra Roach of the BTMI USA office, who was instrumental in securing JetBlue Vacations as the Official USA Travel Partner of the MERBW7s.”

 The 2018 Barbados JetBlues team will consist of Sean Ward (Captain), Shane Howard, Dario Stoute, Zayn Nicholson, Mikyle Walcott, Kris Carrington, Enrique Oxley, Mitchell Morris, Conrad Edgar, Shane Taylor, Nickolie Bonnett, and Deadndre Phillips. This year’s tour will see them come up against club teams from the East Coast of the USA, which is traditionally a strong Rugby Sevens region.

 Team Captain Sean Ward said he was looking forward to the tour and to leading the team to victory, both overseas and at home. “This tour is always a wonderful bonding experience for the team and we really get to test our skills up against international players. It’s also a great way to encourage teams to come and play the MERBW7s in Barbados in December, and to show them just what our beautiful island has to offer. On behalf of this year’s team, I extend my sincere thanks to JetBlue and JetBlue Vacations for continuing to make this important tour in our Rugby calendar possible,” he said.

 The 2018 Mitsubishi Electric Rugby Barbados World 7s Tournament will be hosted from 8th to 9th December at the iconic Kensington Oval and will feature some of the best men’s and women’s club teams from across the globe. Teams from South Africa, Argentina, Scotland, England, Wales, Canada, and the USA, as well as regional teams like Venezuela, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, and Trinidad have already indicated their intention to participate in this year’s Tournament. Originally known as the Tobago International 7s, the Tournament is the longest running Club Rugby 7s Tournament in the Caribbean and was relocated to Barbados from Trinidad in 2016.

 The 2018 MERBW7s official partners include Title Partner Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, TDC, BTMI, Kensington Oval, Hamilton & Inches, Blue Waters, Bristol Sport, Intimate Hotels of Barbados, Courtesy Rent-A-Car, Power X4, Innotech Equipment Inc., The Royal Shop, and of course JetBlue Vacations.

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Sabina Park in pristine condition ahead of final Test match

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica Cricket Association’s (JCA) chief executive officer Courtney Francis has given the assurance that the Sabina Park’s pitch and outfield will be in top condition for Thursday’s second and final Test match between West Indies and Bangladesh.

West Indies, who ended 1-1 with Sri Lanka in their recent three-Test series, have a one-nil lead against Bangladesh after sweeping to an innings and 219-run victory in the opening match in Antigua.
The Windies, ranked ninth in the ICC Test team rankings — a place below Bangladesh, can leapfrog their Asian opponents if they can secure a series win.

“The preparation has been excellent, and we are confident that we have done all that we can under the circumstances,” Francis told the Jamaica Observer.

“There are some standards set out and we have met all the standards. We met with the [Cricket] West Indies representatives this morning and they were impressed with where we are,” he said while insisting that all operational personnel are aware of their roles.

Francis said proper security measures will be in place and urged West Indies cricket supporters to throw their weight behind their team.

“We want people to come out and lend some support, seeing that West Indies are showing some consistency and winning some matches.

“While we curse them when they are not doing well, when they are doing well we need to lend the support to ensure we give them that morale boost and hope they can climb the rankings,” Francis said.


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Rajitha, Kumara show promise for the future

So you didn’t watch Sri Lanka’s Test tour of the Caribbean. Perhaps the matches were played at inconvenient times. Or maybe the sight of all those empty stands may have made you nauseous. But the series, which fittingly finished 1-1, was compelling throughout, swinging one way and then the other. Here are five things that made it brilliant.

Shannon Gabriel: broad-shouldered sledgehammer

Almost without question the visual delight of this series, Gabriel was West Indies’ muscled menace, taking 20 wickets at an average of 14.95 and striking roughly every 27 deliveries. So total was Gabriel’s dominance, that in some spells, his deliveries not only leapt off a good length, many seemed to do mocking circles around batsmen, before seeking out the shoulder of the bat, and a pair of hands in the slips. Frequently breaching 145 kph, he was never short of effort, even in his last few overs of the day.

In general, Gabriel is one of the least proficient movers of the ball, relying on pace rather than seam or swing for his wickets – but in this series, he frequently got the ball to jag off the pitch in both directions. It is possible Gabriel enjoys bowling with the Dukes ball, which stays harder and has a more pronounced seam than the widely used Kookaburra. This means bowlers were able to move the ball for longer in the innings, in this series. Whatever the cause of his newfound potency, it does appear as if West Indies now have a strike bowler in their ranks. Since the start of 2017, Gabriel has 54 wickets at 23.63. Thirteen of those wickets came in the St. Lucia Test, where he collected the best figures ever in the Caribbean.

Wait… Sri Lanka have a seam attack?

Could it be, that after the likes of Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep and Shehan Madushanka were ruled out through injury, Sri Lanka have chanced upon a future-proof seam attack in Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha?

Not since the England tour of 2014, have Sri Lanka’s seam bowlers hunted so effectively in a pack, as they did in St. Lucia and Barbados. Lakmal provided control and the wiles, Rajitha moved the ball more than almost any bowler in the series, and 21-year-old Kumara was the wrecking ball, hurling 145kph+ deliveries at batsmen’s ribs, having them spasm in self-preservation as he claimed an outstanding 17 wickets at 19.88. All up, these three bowlers took 40 wickets at an average of 19 – the second-highest number of wickets claimed by Sri Lanka in a series, only one fewer than in a tour to New Zealand in 1990-91.

As Lakmal is 31, and Rajitha and Kumara are much younger, it is possible that this could become Sri Lanka’s pace-bowling battery in overseas tours. But the concern with Sri Lanka’s fast bowlers – as always – is injury. They may all tear their hamstrings and fall in a heap in the Tests against South Africa next month. They might tweak their groins getting off the plane in Colombo upon return. It is even possible that someone has dislocated a shoulder already, turning on the shower in the dressing room after the Barbados match finished. Such are the perils of being a Sri Lankan quick.

Shane Dowrich leaps to celebrate his second Test hundred

West Indies’ lower-order spunk

Sri Lanka had the hosts reeling at 147 for 5 on the very first day of the series, before Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder combined for a defiant 90-run stand, establishing what would become a feature of the series. That partnership with Holder was followed up by Dowrich’s 102-run stand with Devendra Bishoo, and later his 75-run association with Kemar Roach. On the back of those vital runs, West Indies reached 414 for 8, which in turn became the foundation for their Trinidad win.

All through the series, Sri Lanka bowlers scythed through the top order, only to be frequently frustrated by the plucky folks lower down. Dowrich was often the kingpin in this resistance, unfussily defusing the opposition quicks that had blown past the top four. Jason Holder generally contributed a useful innings in support, with Kemar Roach putting together some half-decent hands as well.

In the first innings in Bridgetown, West Indies had been 54 for 5 before Dowrich and Holder put on 113 in each other’s company, helping push West Indies over 200 – the highest total of the game. In the second innings, West Indies were 41 for 6, and in danger of being dismissed for their lowest ever Test total, before the lower order cobbled valuable runs together. Had they made another 25, West Indies could have won the match and with it the series.

Sri Lanka’s sudden slip-catching skill

In 2017, Sri Lanka fielded and caught like they had wet noodles for arms and papadam for fingers, but under Chandika Hathurusingha, fielding standards are once more on the rise, and this series was ample proof. Where West Indies frequently blew wicket chances in the slips, Sri Lanka were routinely clinical – Kusal Mendis in particular, making predatory dives in front of other fielders, to snatch low, fast chances.

With Sri Lanka having given up sizeable first-innings leads in all three matches, it was crucial that the early chances their quicks created in the second innings were grasped, and the standard of Sri Lanka’s catching ensured pressure was relentlessly built through those new-ball overs. Even off the spinners, Sri Lanka were sharp – Dhananjaya de Silva’s excellent overhead grab to dismiss Miguel Cummins off the bowling of Dilruwan Perera, a prime example. It also helped that Sri Lanka did not have wickets discounted due to no-balls, as West Indies did at least twice.


Source: Andrew Fidel Fernando – ESPNCricinfo

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Kusal, Dilruwan steer Sri Lanka in nervous chase to level series

Sri Lanka 154 (Dickwella 42, Holder 4-19) and 144 for 6 (Kusal Perera 28*, Dilruwan Perera 23*, Holder 5-41) beat West Indies 204 (Holder 74, Dowrich 71, Kumara 4-58) and 93 (Rajitha 3-20, Lakmal 3-25) by four wickets


The Pereras – Kusal and Dilruwan – put on a luck-filled but plucky 63-run partnership to haul Sri Lanka to victory on the fourth afternoon of the third Test. There were heart-stopping moments for Sri Lanka in this session, particularly when their best batsman Kusal Mendis was hit in front of the stumps before the team could get off the mark on the day.

Although Jason Holder completed an outstanding five-wicket haul at his home venue, and despite the relentless pressure created by the West Indies quicks, Sri Lanka’s seventh-wicket stand held firm. Kusal Perera, having returned from his brief stint in hospital the previous night, made a measured 28 not out off 43 balls – by far his most consequential innings of the series. Dilruwan showcased the fight for which he keeps getting picked, surviving 68 balls as he staggered to an unbeaten 23. Between them, this pair only hit four intentional boundaries. One of those was Dilruwan’s slap over mid-off, to reach the target.

Sri Lanka will take particular satisfaction from this victory, it having come in such trying circumstances. Three of their senior-most batsmen were missing from the XI – opener Dimuth Karunaratne was injured, Angelo Mathews was at home attending the birth of a child, and Dinesh Chandimal was suspended. The absence of this experience almost told in this chase as batsmen threw wickets away in the final sessions of day three, but large helpings of good fortune helped ease Sri Lanka’s path to victory the following afternoon. Dilruwan could have been out several times, edging a ball through the slips, sending a leading edge just wide of cover, and almost playing Kemar Roach on to his stumps. Kusal Perera played and missed plenty himself, and was hit painfully on the hand by Miguel Cummins, to add to the discomfort from his nasty collision.

But somehow, while the Pereras were at the crease, most of the dangerous deliveries missed the edges of their bats or passed by the stumps, and Sri Lanka inched home. There were leg byes, byes, glances just past the keeper, and nervy singles into the infield. The runs were not pretty, but they were important.

There was little the West Indies did wrong on day four. The quicks continued to create chances; no catches were dropped. Occasionally the seamers were guilty of bowling too straight, allowing the batsmen to score easy runs to fine leg. But as the morning progressed, and the ball became softer, there was less seam movement on offer. They seemed by a distance the likelier side to win, when Holder’s sixth delivery of the day, stayed a tad low and struck Mendis in front of off stump. But even though Shannon Gabriel was as quick in this session as he has been through the series, and Kemar Roach was just as intense, the Pereras squeaked out runs, while their anxious dressing room – in which Chandimal was present – looked on.

Only after the target was whittled down to less than 20 did the mood lighten in the Sri Lanka camp; it was around that stage that West Indies’ shoulders dropped. Kusal and Dilruwan clinched the victory and secured a drawn series for Sri Lanka. But it was the seamers’ outstanding work on day three when they dismissed the hosts for 93 in the second innings, that was most instrumental to this victory. Though it did help that Sri Lanka batted deep in this match, and that Dilruwan – rather than either of the other spinners, who are less capable with the bat – was their No. 8.

With this victory, Sri Lanka complete a sequence of four overseas Test tours, each of which they have performed creditably in. They had won against Pakistan last year, drawn two Tests in India (though they lost the series 1-0), won in Bangladesh, and now drawn a difficult seam-dominated series in the West Indies. They also became the first Asian team to win a Test in Barbados. Had they not wasted two hours protesting the ball-tampering charge in St Lucia, they might even have returned with the trophy.


Source: Andrew Fidel Fernando – ESPNCricinfo

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Holder four-for leaves Test evenly poised on 20-wicket day

An inspired Jason Holder breathed fire to remove four Sri Lankan wickets late in the day as West Indies kept their hopes of a series win alive on a 20-wicket day in Bridgetown. These are the most wickets to have fallen in a single day of Test cricket in the Caribbean, surpassing the 18 that fell when England last toured here in 2015.

Holder’s figures at stumps on the third day read 8-3-21-4 as Sri Lanka stumbled to 81 for 5 chasing 144 for a series-levelling victory in the third Test. The visitors could effectively be six down, with Kusal Perera in hospital for scans following a nasty injury while fielding earlier in the day. Official word on his availability is awaited.

West Indies had grabbed a 50-run lead, that could have been much more if not for a shoddy drop down leg by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich in the day’s first over, with Sri Lanka yet to add to their overnight 99 for 5. On 13 then, Dickwella went on to top-score with 42 in Sri Lanka’s 154 all out. Holder picked up three of the four wickets to fall, finishing with 4 for 19 off 16 overs.

The game then galloped forward when Sri Lanka took just 31.2 overs to skittle West Indies for 93, the least overs they’ve taken to bowl out a Test side outside Asia. Kemar Roach‘s adventurous 23 not out was the highest in a disastrous batting performance, with each of the top five recording single-digit scores. Suranga Lakmal, the captain, and Lahiru Kumara picked up three wickets apiece, Kumara easily the most impressive of the lot, troubling batsmen with genuine pace married with tremendous accuracy.

Then under lights, Holder, Roach and Shannon Gabriel got the ball to hoop around, putting the batsmen through a searching examination. Sri Lanka’s hopes now hinge on Kusal Mendis, unbeaten on 25. He has allrounder Dilruwan Perera and the lower order for company.

Danushka Gunathilaka and Mahela Udawatte opened the innings in Kusal’s absence, but were dismissed cheaply to expose a fragile middle order missing Dinesh Chandimal, who is sitting out because of a suspension. Udawatte’s horror international return after a 10-year gap continued when he was beaten for pace by a sharp inswinger from Roach to be lbw – his second duck and third single-digit score in four innings on tour. Gunathilaka, meanwhile, top-edged a pull to a back-pedalling Devendra Bishoo at mid-on off a steep Holder delivery.

Dhananjaya de Silva was then put to severe test by an inspired Holder, who eventually had his wicket when the batsman shouldered arms to a ball coming inwards and saw his off stump flattened. So fired up was Holder that West Indies wasted a review to a caught behind appeal off Roshen Silva, but he wouldn’t last long, nicking to second slip in the same over to leave Sri Lanka in trouble at 50 for 4. That could have been 59 for 5 had Shai Hope, keeping in place of an injured Dowrich, held on to a one-handed chance offered by Kusal Mendis off Holder.

At the start of West Indies’ innings, the home side’s hopes of building on a big lead suffered early setbacks when they slid to 13 for 3 at the end of the first session where eight wickets fell. Kraigg Brathwaite was snaffled at short leg by a rising Lakmal delivery, while Devon Smith and Hope were beaten on the inside edge by sharp inswingers. Dowrich and Holder briefly resisted to add 27, the highest partnership of West Indies’ second innings, before things unravelled. Eventually, Roach’s cameo took the lead well beyond 100, and gave them a respectable pink-ball target to bowl at.


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The most wickets in a day of Test cricket in the Caribbean

20 – Wickets fell on the third day in Bridgetown, which is a new record for Tests in the West Indies, eclipsing the 18 that fell during England’s tour in 2015. Here, Sri Lanka were 99 for 5 in first innings at the start of the day, and at stumps, they were five-down in the second innings.

8-40 – Jason Holder’s match figures are already the second-best by a West Indies captain, behind Courtney Walsh’s 13 for 55 against New Zealand in 1994-95. Holder’s figures are also the second-best by any captain against Sri Lanka.

9.71– Holder’s bowling average at Kensington Oval – the best for a West Indies bowler at a single venue (min 20 wickets) and fourth best for any bowler with the same criteria. He has picked up 21 wickets in four Tests, including five three-fors in eight innings and three of his best match-figures. At all other venues combined, Holder has managed only 43 wickets averaging 46.76. Ernie Toshack (Brisbane), Bert Ironmonger (MCG) and George Lohmann (SCG) are the three bowlers with better averages at a venue under condition of 20 wickets taken.

21.06– The West Indies fast bowlers’ average in this series, making it their best performance in 10 years. They have racked up 45 wickets in three Tests – 20 to Shanon Gabriel and 11 each to Holder and Kemar Roach.

93– West Indies’ score in the second innings – their third-lowest total at home, behind the 47 against England in 2004 and 51 against Australia in 1999. Prior to their Bridgetown collapse, they were the only side not to be bowled out for less than 100 in Tests in last decade.

93– is also the lowest total that Sri Lanka have kept a team to while playing away from home. Their previous best was 102 against Zimbabwe in Harare 2004. Also, the last time Sri Lanka dismissed their opposition for fewer than 100 was in 2009, against Pakistan in Colombo.

226– Runs added by the first five wickets across the four innings of this match – the lowest such aggregate in any Test over the last 80 years, and the fourth-lowest in history. West Indies’ top five wickets added 53 and 14 runs in the two innings while Sri Lanka’s contributed 85 and 74.

17– Runs added by West Indies’ first three wickets in this Test – nine in the first innings and eight in the second. It is the worst performance by their top order in any Test match. Only once has a team suffered a smaller contribution from the first three wickets: Zimbabwe’s top three wickets combined for only 13 runs against New Zealand in 2011-12.

Source: Bharath Seeriv –

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Gabriel, Roach give West Indies honours on rain-hit day

Sri Lanka 99 for 5 (Dickwella 13*, Roshen 3*, Roach 2-13, Gabriel 2-42) trail West Indies 204 (Holder 74, Dowrich 71, Kumara 4-58, Rajitha 3-68) by 105 runs

West Indies didn’t bat as well as they would have liked, but entertained the possibility of a first-innings lead at the end of a truncated second day in Bridgetown. Only 59 overs were possible in all, 23 of which saw West Indies move from their overnight 132 for 5 to 204 all out. Jason Holder made a bulk of those runs with 74, the highest of the innings. Then Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Holder struck to dent Sri Lanka’s push to parity under lights, leaving the visiting side 99 for 5 at stumps, still behind by 105.

Sri Lanka’s inexperienced top order, minus their suspended captain Dinesh Chandimal, failed to apply themselves for long periods. The dismissal of No. 4 Kusal Mendis after doing all the hard work exemplified their problems. Mendis, averaging 59.50 in the series before this Test , blocked steadfastly for 58 deliveries until he ran out of patience in trying an uncharacteristic across-the-line slog to Gabriel’s first ball of a new spell, only to see his off stump flattened. This broke a 59-run stand with comeback man Danushka Gunathilaka which had marked a recovery of sorts after Sri Lanka lost both openers to Roach inside seven overs.

Kusal Perera fell for a nine-ball duck, Roach using his angle from around the wicket induce the under-edge through to the wicketkeeper. Mahela Udawatte, playing only his second Test upon his international return after a long layoff, fell to Roach’s express pace four overs later. He was trapped lbw after failing to commit himself fully forward to a pitched up delivery that nipped back in, leaving Sri Lanka 16 for 2.

Mendis and Gunathilaka resisted for a while, enjoying a slice of luck along the way when Gunathilaka chipped Miguel Cummins to cover, only to hear the third umpire rule against the bowler because he had overstepped. The error, however, didn’t cost West Indies much as Gunathilaka fell two overs into the final session – lbw on review to Holder.

There was more success in store for West Indies when Gabriel had a decision reversed, as Dhananjaya de Silva was out for 8. The nip of the Kensington Oval surface took the batsman by surprise as he pushed outside the line, only for the ball to thud into the back leg. At stumps, Sri Lanka’s last recognised pair of Roshen de Silva (3*) and Niroshan Dickwella (13*) were holding fort.

Earlier in the day, Shane Dowrich, who resumed on 60, became the highest scoring wicketkeeper in a day-night Test when he went past Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed’s 68 in Dubai. But he perished soon after for 71, lbw trying to flick one behind square.

Holder, however, stuck around, opening up to play some delightful strokes with wickets tumbling at the other end. The fiery Lahiru Kumara, who picked up three of the last four wickets to fall, eventually finished with his third successive four-for of the series.


Source: Shashank Kishore and Sreshth Shah –

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