Having mounted a spirited fightback in the final session on Day 1, Windies continued to add to Sri Lanka’s frustration for another session, which was curtailed due to rain. Early Lunch was taken on Day 2 of the second Test in Port of Spain on Thursday (June 7) with the hosts riding on a defiant, unbeaten 31-run stand between Shane Dowrich and Devendra Bishoo to head into the break at 268 for 6.
Showers moments before the start of Day 2 caused a 50-minute delay. A revised session of play that was supposed to go on for an hour and 40 minutes only lasted for 40 minutes as rain returned after 9.1 overs into the session.
A short delivery from Suranga Lakmal in the first over of the morning came as treat for Dowrich, who pulled it away for a boundary to register his sixth Test fifty. A while later, Bishoo got off the mark off the 33rd delivery he faced in his innings.
Having lacked intensity in the latter half of the opening day, Sri Lanka pacers managed to come hard at the seventh-wicket duo – Lakmal getting movement off the pitch, Lahiru Kumara bowling with good pace and Lahiru Gamage bowling his natural in-swingers accurately. There were plenty of play and misses, and runs were hard to come by but the Windies pair stuck it out and kept the bowlers at bay.
Only 22 were added to Windies’ overnight score but Dowrich and Bishoo ensured that Sri Lanka weren’t able to make any inroads in the limited play that was possible before the rain break.
Brief scores: Windies 268/6 (Shane Dowrich 57*, Shai Hope 44, Jason Holder 40; Lahiru Kumara 3-63) vs Sri Lanka.
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