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Having put to bat earlier, Sri Lanka did not seem in quite a touch as Karunaratne in spite of being put down by blackwood off Roach in the 10th over fell prey to Rahkeem Cornwall in the very next over. Roach and Holder took care of the middle order as the visitors were reduced to 92 for the loss of 5 wickets. Dickwella strived to add 58 runs with Lahiru Thirimmane but both got dismissed by the former WI captain Jason Holder and wrapped the first innings for merely 169. Holder completed his 5-wicket haul while Kemar Roach got three.
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Suranga Lakmal removed the new WI skipper who drilled 43 balls on crease only to get out for 3 runs. Campbell and Mayers added 42 and 45 runs to the total respectively but Sri Lankan seamers kept striking as the hosts were reduced to 171 for 7. Cornwall joined the 22-year-old WK batsman Joshua Silva to forge a stunning partnership of 90-runs providing the West Indies a strong first-innings lead of 102 runs. Cornwall made 61, completing his maiden test fifty and Silva made 46. Suranga Lakmal took a fifer for SL in the first innings.
Trailing by 102, Sri Lanka lost Karunratne as nicked an outside edge off Roach in the first over. Thirmanne continued his previous innings form and completed another half-century to take the Sri Lanka par trail. Oshawa and Lahiru forged a 152-run stand for the second wicket but Kyle Mayers broke the partnership and triggered the collapse as SL lost Three wickets for merely 19 runs.
Alzarri Joseph dismissed Dhananjay Silva for a brilliant score of 50. The Next partnership turned out to be match-defining as the 22-year-old debutant Pattum Nissanka and Niroshan Dickwella added 179 runs to the total taking Sri Lanka to a mammoth second innings lead. Nissanka celebrated his Debut Test Century before getting dismissed for a brilliant score of 103. Roach denied Dickwell's well-deserved century as he got out for 96.
Sri Lanka after trailing by 102 runs posted a mammoth target of 375. With 90 overs in hand, SL would try to get those remaining 9 wickets as West Indies will most probably try to avoid defeat or even for 341 runs given that they got Kyle Mayers who registered a record unbeaten 210 last month and helped Windies to chase down 395 runs.