Colombo, Nov 25: Part-time spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan grabbed two wickets in one over in fading light to boost Sri Lanka's hopes of gaining the lead in the second Test against the West Indies on Thursday.
The off-spinner dismissed well-set Darren Bravo (80) and Brendan Nash (29) before the West Indies reached 165-5 in their first innings at stumps on the third day in reply to Sri Lanka's 387-9 declared.
Carlton Baugh was unbeaten on four and Dwayne Bravo on one not out when play was called off in the final session due to bad light.
Darren Bravo smashed four sixes and five fours in his attractive 129-ball knock before being superbly caught by Rangana Herath at point, just a delivery after Nash was trapped leg-before by Dilshan.
Bravo, who scored 58 in the drawn opening Test, steadied the innings with an an 83-run stand for the fourth wicket with Nash after three wickets, including that of Chris Gayle (30), fell for 77 runs.
He played some handsome shots, thrice lofting left-arm spinner Herath and once spinner Ajantha Mendis for sixes.
Sri Lanka put the West Indies under pressure when they removed openers Adrian Barath and Gayle in the opening 12 overs before accounting for Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Gayle, who hammered 333 in the previous Test in Galle, fell playing an attacking shot, pulling debutant paceman Suranga Lakmal to deep square-leg where Angelo Mathews took a well-judged catch. AFP