Sri Lanka shaken after setting Windies 437 for victory

PROVIDENCE, Guyana, March 25, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka were put under some early pressure after they set West Indies 437 to win in a minimum of 113 overs in the opening Test on Tuesday.

Though they poached an early scalp, the Sri Lankans were put on the back-foot as West Indies reached 96 for one in their second innings when stumps were drawn on the fourth day at the Guyana National Stadium.

Malinda Warnapura scored 62 and Thilan Samaraweera hit an unbeaten 56 that propelled Sri Lanka to 240 for seven before they declared for the second time in the match, after West Indies managed to avoid the follow-on, but conceded a first innings lead of 196 when they were dismissed for 280.

The Sri Lankans were then put on the defensive by enterprising batting from makeshift opener Dwayne Bravo, in particular, and West Indies vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan.

The visitors failed to find an answer for the positive stroke-play of the pair, as they added 74 – unbroken – for the second wicket.

The Sri Lankans were jumped when Bravo emerged with left-hander Devon Smith to open the batting instead of West Indies captain Chris Gayle, obviously being shielded from the early misery of Ch