NORTH SOUND, Antigua – West Indies lost two wickets in the morning session but managed to build on their 96-run first-innings lead at lunch after making light work Sri Lanka’s tail early on the pivotal fourth day of the second Test here Thursday.
At the break, the home side had reached 69 for two in their second innings – an overall lead of 165 runs – leaving the affair at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium tantalizingly poised.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was unbeaten on 22 off 66 balls with a single four and was partnered by Kyle Mayers on nine.
The Windies lost John Campbell to another failure in the series, advancing to pacer Suranga Lakmal before checking his defensive stroke and getting an edge behind for 10 with 24 runs on the board in the seventh over.
Brathwaite then added 44 for the second wicket with Blackwood, who struck two fours in 42 deliveries at the crease after being dropped at slip on seven by Lahiru Thirimanne off left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando.
However, he added only 11 runs before feathering a cut behind off seamer Dushmantha Chameera, about 25 minutes before the break.
Earlier, West Indies needed only 23 deliveries to wrap up the Sri Lanka innings for 258.
Resuming on 250 for eight, the visitors lost Pathum Nissanka for 51 and Vishwa Fernando without scoring, both falling to Kemar Roach in the morning’s fourth over to leave the seamer with three for 58.
Nissanka, unbeaten on 49 overnight, completed his second half-century of the series before holing out to square leg.