West India captain Craig Bratwaite will sleep at 99, not after increasing his team against Sri Lanka to 287-7 on the first day of the second test on Monday.
Bratwit carried his bat during the day to the brink of his first test century in 2018. He took over the captaincy in February Jason Holder, and died for a great result after only three and a half centuries in 16 submissions in the last year.
He collected an inning that swayed at the beginning and briefly in the middle. His 71 of Kyle Mayers, 51 of Holder and undefeated 65 of Rakheem Cornwall ensured they finished the first day at the top.
Brathwaite is trying to lead its country to a third series win against Sri Lanka in its twenties and one-day internationals, while preventing Sri Lanka from winning its first test series in the Caribbean. Both teams remained unchanged from the first test drawn last week at the same empty Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Sri Lanka won the throw, but the bowling was misled by four missed catches, two of which were expensive. Brathwaite was dropped to 37 in the third slip by Oshada Fernando from the left hand of fast Vishwa Fernando, and Mayers was eliminated at 12 in the third slip from Pathum Nissanka at medium pace Suranga Lakmal.
Lakmal was the chosen bowler, taking 3-71. He began the day with six consecutive maidens, two of them with wickets; opener John Campbell at 5 and Nkruma Bonner for a duck.
Lakmal’s seventh gave three boundaries to Myers, who was then rejected.
Mayers was eventually out for 49 in the first afternoon. Two others fell in the middle session, Jermaine Blackwood for 18 and Holder for 30 of 34 balls.
Bratwite was supposed to join them, but he was rejected at 37. His tea partner Joshua Da Silva also received a reprieve after a video review of the second ball he faced.
Da Silva was eventually out for 1 after 35 balls, the fifth batsman in seven to get out the door. Alzari Joseph, who dropped out at 28, came out at 29 in 222-7.
But at the end of the day, the bowlers scored. After allowing 86 runs in the first session and 85 in the second, they went for 116 after tea. Brathwaite hit calmly, facing 239 balls for his 99, who were not out. He hit 11 boundaries.
Bratwight received late support from Cornwall, who were not on 43 of 53 stump balls. Cornwall is a Thai player, but in high spirits after taking his 61 test result last week alone.