Sri Lanka v West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite takes 6-29 for tourists

Kraigg Brathwaite celebrates a wicket
Brathwaite had only taken three first-class wickets in six years before this game
Second Test, Colombo (P Sara Oval), day three:
Sri Lanka 200 & 206: Mathews 46, K Brathwaite 6-29
West Indies 163 & 20-1
Sri Lanka lead by 223 runs
Scorecard

West Indies' Kraigg Brathwaite achieved the best Test bowling figures by an opening batsman for more than half a century on day three of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Brathwaite, 22, had only one Test wicket and three first-class scalps to his name before this game, but captured 6-29 with his part-time off-spin.

That helped bowl Sri Lanka out for 206, setting West Indies 244 to win.

Brathwaite was then lbw for three with the tourists 20-1 when rain ended play.

Memories of Sir Frank
The last Test opener to better Brathwaite's figures was Windies legend Sir Frank Worrell, one of the famous three W's, who took 7-70 with the new ball against England at Headingley in 1957
Brathwaite now has the best bowling figures by anyone who had taken one or no wickets in their first 20 Tests

The Bajan right-hander had only bowled in six of his previous 23 Tests since his debut in 2011, taking a solitary wicket against India in Kolkata for an overall Test bowling average of 137.

His previous first-class bowling figures were equally forgettable, with three wickets at an average of 67 in 81 games.

But after he came on with Sri Lanka 146-4 to share the spin workload with Devendra Bishoo and debutant Jomel Warrican, Brathwaite took the last six wickets including home skipper Angelo Mathews, who was ninth out for 46.

With rain preventing any play after tea, Sri Lanka lead the two-Test series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Galle by an innings.

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