Batsmen dominate Day 2 of 1st ‘Test’
Sports Page – Friday 7th June 2013 — BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Left-hander Assad Fudadin was eyeing a century as West Indies A made a strong reply on the second day of the opening four-day “Test” against Sri Lanka A here Thursday.
The Guyanese, opening the batting, finished the day on 81 not out, laying the foundation for the hosts’ 147 for one in their first innings at Warner Park.
Earlier, Sri Lanka A converted their overnight 310 for five into an imposing 472 all out, driven largely by Chathuranga de Silva’s 109.
Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller finished with six for 141.
The 27-year-old Fudadin searching for redemption after a very poor first class season, put on 83 for the first wicket with Kraigg Brathwaite who struck 37.
Overall, Fudadin struck nine fours in a positive innings that has so far required 153 balls and lasted 195 minutes.
He lost the 20-year-old Brathwaite after tea, caught at forward short leg off rookie off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal but added a further 64 in an unbroken second wicket stand with captain Kirk Edwards, who was 22 not out.
Edwards has faced 47 balls and counted three fours.
Sri Lanka had earlier batted themselves into a near impregnable position thanks to de Silva’s superb century.
The right-hander, with only four first class matches behind him, struck eight boundaries and three sixes in a knock that lasted 149 balls and 194 minutes.
SRI LANKA A 472 (Chathuranga de Silva 109, Dimuth Karunaratne 101, Ashan Priyanjana 65, Kithruwan Vithanage 62, Udara Jayasundara 57; Nikita Miller 6-141)
WEST INDIES A 147 for one (Assad Fudadin 81 not out, Kraigg Brathwaite 37, Kirk Edwards 22 not out)