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Brathwaite, Deonarine steady ship


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OPENER?KRAIGG?Brathwaite just seems to be getting better at handling pressure situations.
The 20-year-old Barbadian combined with Guynese Narsingh Deonarine to share an unbroken century stand and lead a fightback by the West Indies “A” against Sri Lanka ‘A’ on the third day of their rain-affected second unofficial “Test” at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex yesterday.
Brathwaite ended the day on 70 not out, with Deonarine on 60, as the West Indies “A” reached 155 for three in 40 overs at stumps, replying to the visitors’ total of 314 in 109.1 overs.
Young Barbadian pacer Miguel Cummins took two of the last four Sri Lankan wickets after they resumed from their first day total of 268 for six, to finish with four for 70. The entire second day’s play was washed out.
Wicketkeeper Kaushal Silva, who restarted on 115, added just four more runs before he was trapped leg before wicket by left-arm Jamaican pacer Sheldon Cotterell for 119.
Cummins duly wrapped up the innings, forcing Tharindu Kaushal to fend off a lifting delivery.
West Indies “A” then started disastrously as Assad Fudadin was snapped up at third slip for one off fast bowler Suranga Lahmal with the score on four. It soon became nine for two when captain Kirk Edwards was bowled for one by the same bowler. Leon Johnson was dropped twice, on one and three, before falling for 12.
But Brathwaite and Deonarine revived the innings in an unfinished fourth-wicket partnership of 115 runs.
The match ends today. (EZS)


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