Ambrose removed opener Roshan Mahamana and Russell Arnold with successive balls in his second over and the Aravinda de Silva in his next over to leave the Sri Lankan's tottering at 23 for 3. Sent in, there seemed no way out against Ambrose and his three fast-bowling accomplices as the ball climbed steeply and moved sharply off the seam. But only Ambrose observed the necessary length and line and Jayasuriya and Ranatunga withstood the several, inevitable body blows they suffered.
Jayasuriya must have felt like a Mike Tyson victim as three times he was sent to his knees by deliveries from Ambrose that thudded in to his left glove, his box and, from Ian Bishop, the grill of his helmet. Each time he received lengthy attention. At the opposite end, Ranatunga was in his usual pugnacious mood and both punished anything wayward of which there was much.
It took a needless runout midway through the afternoon to separate them, Ranatuga driving a no-ball from Courtney Walsh and committing himself while his partner followed the ball. He was well out on Ambrose's throw to the keeper.
The Sri Lankans quickly suffered two more setbacks, Hashan Tillekeratne came to the wicket without protection on his forearm and immediately took a blow on it from Ian Bishop and was obliged to retire. Forty minutes later, Jayasuriya's bold innings of 85 was ended when he drove over a faster ball that drifted with the arm from off-spinner Carl Hooper and hit his middle stump. In four hours he had hit two sixes, the second a remarkable square cut out of the ground into Independence Avenue off Bishop, and nine fours.
(West Indies won toss)
SRI LANKA - First innings
S T Jayasuriya b Hooper 85
R S Mahanama c Browne b Ambrose 1
R P Arnold c Williams b Ambrose 0
P A De Silva c Walsh b Ambrose 0
*A Ranatunga run out 42
H P Tillakaratne retired hurt 1
R S Kaluwitharana hit wicket b Bishop 23
K Dharmasena c Browne b Ambrose 29
R Pushpakumara c Reifer b Bishop 1
S De Silva c Reifer b Ambrose 6
M Muralitharan not out 6
Extras (b4 lb11 nb14) 29
Total (all out) 223
Fall: 1-19, 2-19, 3-23, 4-133, 5-171, 6-206, 7-210, 8-216, 9-223.
Bowling: Ambrose 13.1-3-37-5 (nb5), Bishop 15-3-46-2 (nb2), Walsh 11- 0-46-0 (nb4), Rose 10-2-30-0 (nb3), Hooper 19-2-49-1.
WEST INDIES: *C A Walsh, S L Campbell, S C Williams, B C Lara, C L Hooper, R I Holder, F L Reifer, C O Browne, I R Bishop, C E L Ambrose, F A Rose.
Umpires: L Barker (WI), S Dunne (NZ).
Match referee: Talat Ali (Pakistan).Reuse content