GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies crumbled to a pathetic innings and six-run defeat to Sri Lanka inside four days in their opening Test at the Galle International Stadium here yesterday.Jermaine Blackwood fell eight runs shy of a century in a brave effort to avert the innings defeat, but the West Indies, who were asked to bat a second time, were bowled out for 227 in their second innings in the second session.Just like in the first innings, several frontline batsmen failed to capitalise on starts as the left-arm spinner Rangana Herath returned to haunt the Caribbean side with a four-wicket haul to finish the match with his fifth 10-wicket haul in Tests.West Indies, resuming the day on 67 for two, facing a deficit of 166, failed to make full use of an over reliance on Herath and lost their final eight wickets for just 160 runs on a slow Galle pitch.Marlon Samuels, one of Herath’s victims, was dismissed for a first ball duck, staying on the back foot to a ball he should have been playing to on the front foot.The Caribbean side were tottering on 88 for five, after losing opener Kraigg Brathwaite for 34 and Darren Bravo for 31, when Blackwood arrived to launch an enterprising attempt to salvage Windies pride.The diminutive Jamaican hit 10 fours and three sixes in his 169-minute occupation of the crease, while confirming his status as a promising West Indies investment.For the most part, he batted freely, using his feet to get down the track to launch Tharindu Kaushal over mid-on for six and drive Milinda Siriwardana for four while running out of partners.Blackwood carved out a 48-run sixth-wicket stand with Denesh Ramdin, which ended when the partnership was giving West Indies a glimmer of hope.Ramdin went for 11, driving loosely at Siriwardana and edged to second slip, while Blackwood almost followed in the next over with an edge, spilled by Angelo Mathews of Kusal Perera’s glove.Blackwood reached his half-century just after lunch with support from captain Jason Holder, who hung around long enough to add 36 with him for the seventh.However, Holder was run out for 18 in unfortunate circumstances as he played across a ball from Herath, which deflected off his pad to Mathews at slip.Mathews, spotting Holder out of his crease, threw down the stumps with a direct hit.Kemar Roach was removed in similar fashion to his first innings dismissal to become only the fifth West Indian to get stumped in both innings of a Test match.When Jerome Taylor departed, lbw to Prasad for five, West Indies were nine down with 44 wickets, still needing to avoid an innings defeat.Blackwood had no option but to farm the strike to push his side as close as possible and succeeded in rattling Herath, hitting him for two fours and two sixes in the space of nine balls.But the pressure mounted on Blackwood on 92, with nine fielders on the boundary as he ran down the track, only to pick out the cover boundary, leaving Shannon Gabriel not out on seven.SCOREBOARDSRI LANKA 1st innings 484WEST INDIES 1st Innings 251West Indies 2nd innings 227 (67-2 overnight)KC Brathwaite lbw b Herath 34SD Hope b Siriwardana 6DM Bravo c +Perera b Pradeep 31D Bishoo c Mathews b Herath 10MN Samuels lbw b Herath 0J Blackwood c Silva b Prasad 92D Ramdin+ c Silva b Siriwardana 11JO Holder* run out (Mathews) 18KAJ Roach st +Perera b Herath 5JE Taylor lbw b Prasad 5ST Gabriel not out 7Extras: (lb 3, w 2, nb 3) 8Total (all out) 227Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Hope), 2-60 (Brathwaite), 3-74 (Bishoo), 4-74 (Samuels), 5-88 (Bravo), 6-136 (Ramdin), 7-172 (Holder), 8-178 (Roach), 9-189 (Taylor), 10-227 (Blackwood).Bowling: Prasad 9.3-3-28-2, Herath 22-5-79-4, Pradeep 14-1-28-1, Siriwardana12-1-60-2, Kaushal 11-3-29-0.Position: West Indies lost by an innings and six runs.Toss: Sri LankaUmpires: Marais Erasmus, Richard Illingworth; TV – Simon Fry
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A Beef Industry Update meeting provided by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will take place in Seneca County. Beef producers from Seneca and surrounding counties are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Carmie’s Bar & Grill, 2460 OH-231 Tiffin, Ohio 44883.A complimentary dinner will be hosted by OCA Allied Industry Council (AIC) members Multimin USA and Ag Credit, and door prizes will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Multimin USA and Ag Credit representatives on keeping their cow herd profitable. OCA Staff will be in attendance to discuss OCA events and policy updates.Contact the OCA office at 614-873-6736 or email email@example.com or more information about the beef industry update meetings. More information can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org.
The Delhi High Court today refused to pass an interim order on a plea for a stay on former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav’s disqualification as a Rajya Sabha member.Justice Vibhu Bakhru, however, allowed Mr. Yadav to draw allowances, perks and retain his bungalow as an MP, but restrained him from attending the Winter Session of Parliament. The session, which started on Friday, is scheduled to go on till January 5. The court also sought the response of the Rajya Sabha chairman besides member Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, who is leader of the JD(U) in the Upper House, on Mr. Yadav’s plea challenging December 4 order of the chairman disqualifying him as an MP. The court has fixed the main petition for hearing on March 1 next year. The order came on Mr. Yadav’s plea challenging his disqualification on several grounds, including that he was not given a hearing before the December 4 order was passed. Mr. Yadav had sought interim relief to attend the Parliament session.