NORTH SOUND – A five-wicket haul from Jason Holder put the West Indies on top at stumps on day one of the opening Test against Sri Lanka.
Sent out to bat after losing the toss, Sri Lanka were knocked over for 169, losing five wickets in the final session of the day as Holder took 5/27 in his first Test since being relieved of captaincy duties. The West Indies went to stumps at 13/0 in reply, with new captain Kraigg Brathwaite (7*) and opening partner John Campbell (3*) not out. Holder was adeptly supported with the ball by Kemar Roach, who took 3/47 from his 16 overs. But while the day belonged to the quicks, it was Rahkeem Cornwall’s off-spin that produced the first breakthrough, accounting for Dimuth Karunaratne for 12.
Cornwall (1/25) had the Sri Lanka captain caught at forward short leg by Campbell in the 11th over. No one was more relieved than Jermaine Blackwood, who dropped a simple chance at backward point off Roach an over earlier to grant Karunaratne a life. Things got worse for Sri Lanka in the 16th over as Oshada Fernando (4) was run out by a direct hit from Brathwaite at the striker’s end.