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Windies A slump to crushing defeat
FLORENCE HALL—Sri Lankan A team left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara claimed a 12-wicket match haul to send West Indies A crashing to a heavy 280-run loss inside three days, in the second four-day “Test” yesterday.
Asked to chase an improbable target of 425 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, the hosts tumbled to 144 all out in their second innings to follow up their meek first innings of 137 on Friday’s second day.
Only the in-form Sunil Ambris with 41 showed any resistance as Windies A failed to string together a single decent partnership to resist the resurgent Sri Lankans.
The right-hander was the only batsman to pass 20, single-handedly carrying the fight before he was ninth out after facing 76 balls in just under 2-1/4 hours at the crease and hitting four fours.
Earlier, Sri Lanka A declared their innings on 267 for nine after resuming the day on 213 for six. Roshen Silva, unbeaten overnight on 85, added just one but Wanindu Hasaranga pummelled an unbeaten 50 off 62 deliveries with six fours, to inflict more misery on Windies A.
Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall added two wickets to his tally to finish with five for 107.
Left with around an hour to survive before lunch, West Indies A lost wickets steadily and were languishing on 39 for four at the interval as Pushpakumara knocked over opener John Campbell (1), captain Shamarh Brooks (7) and Vishaul Singh (9) while Jahmar Hamilton perished for six on the stroke of lunch.
After the break, Ambris and opener Montcin Hodge (14) tried to resuscitate the innings in a 27-run fifth wicket partnership but seamer Kasun Rajitha cut short the revival by having Hodge caught at the wicket.
Cornwall (2) and Damion Jacobs (0) perished in successive deliveries to Pushpakumara to send Windies A closer to defeat at 80 for seven. Despite a fighting a 23-run, eighth wicket stand between Ambris and Sheldon Cottrell (17) defeat was made certain just after tea.
The series is now tied 1-1 and will be decided in the third and final “Test” to be played at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting next Thursday.
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