Nkrumah Bonner Half-Century Keeps West Indies Solid despite Brathwaite Loss

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Nkrumah Bonner pulls en route to his half-century on Thursday’s final day of the opening Test. Photo: CMC/CWI Media

Nkrumah Bonner struck his third half-century in his sixth Test innings as West Indies made a giant stride towards saving the opening Test against Sri Lanka with a solid first session on Thursday’s final day.

At lunch, the home side had reached 91 for two with Bonner unbeaten on exactly 50 and left-hander Kyle Mayers on six.

Bonner, who resumed the day on 15, reached his landmark off the fourth ball of the final over before the break, punching seamer Dushmantha Chameera to mid on for a single

He has so far faced 127 balls and struck five fours.

The only casualty of the session was captain Kraigg Brathwaite who was bowled for 23 by left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, 25 minutes before the interval.

West Indies trail by 284 runs in pursuit of 375 for victory.

Brathwaite, on eight at the start, combined with Bonner to keep Sri Lanka wicket-less throughout the first hour, as they staged a crucial 66-run stand for the second wicket.

And he appeared poised to bat through the session when he suddenly advanced to Embuldeniya, played down the wrong line and was bowled, after facing 124 deliveries.

CMC

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