Friday, February 23, 2018

Edwards, Fudadin tons drive WI ‘A’ to safety

Sri Lanka ‘A’ were put to the sword yesterday as Kirk Edwards slammed an unbeaten 164 and Assad Fudadin hit 145 to lead West Indies ‘A’ to 407 for two at stumps on the third day of the 1st ‘Test’ at Warner Park, St Kitts in reply to the visitors’ 472 all out.

Edwards, who started the penultimate day of the contest on 22 not out, kept the regional side in the match as he and Fudadin put on an impressive 256 runs for the second wicket.

Fudadin, who started the day on 81 not out, went on to bring up his ton before lunch on the third day with a square-cut to backward point after and spending 291 minutes at the crease. He faced 222 balls for his century, as West Indies A progressed from 147 for one at the start to 227 for one at the lunch break.

After the break, Edwards reached triple figures. He spent 238 minutes in the middle and faced 165 balls, hitting 11 fours and a six.

Fudadin’s long innings finally came to an end when he was brilliantly caught by Udara Jayasundera at midwicket. He struck 16 fours and faced 297 balls in an near seven-hour stint in the middle.

But Edwards carried his bat through to the end of the day, with Leon Johnson keeping him company on 42 not out.

The final day bowls off from 10 a.m. today, with West Indies A still trail by 66 runs.

Summarised Scores

SRI LANKA A 472 (Chaturanga de Silva 109, Dimuth Karunaratne 101, Ashan Priyanjana 65, Kithruwan Vithanage 62, Udara Jayasundara 57; Nikita Miller 6/141) vs WEST INDIES A 407/2 (Kirk Edwards 164 not out, Assad Fudadin 145, Leon Johnson 42 n.o.)