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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2008, 21:49 GMT
Warnapura dominates West Indies
First Test, Guyana (day one, stumps):
Sri Lanka 269-4 v West Indies

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Warnapura put down a marker for the future with his century

Sri Lanka's Malinda Warnapura hit an attractive maiden century before Jerome Taylor gave West Indies a late lift on the opening day of the first Test.

Sri Lanka closed on 269-4 in Guyana, Warnapura top-scoring with 120.

The left-hander was particularly strong through the offside and clubbed 14 boundaries off 216 balls in four and a half hours at Providence Stadium.

After seeing Sri Lanka reach 205-1 at one point, the hosts hit back through Taylor, who took 3-59.

Michael Vandort (52) and Kumar Sangakkara (50) also made solid contributions for the tourists.

Vandort hit eight fours and notched 1,000 runs in his 15th Test before his dismissal.

Captain Mahela Jayawardene was unbeaten on 25 at the close, with Tillakaratne Dilshan on 15 not out.

West Indies had to wait until halfway through the day before taking their first wicket, when Vandort was lbw to an inswinging yorker from Taylor with the total on 130.

Warnapura, dropped by Dwayne Bravo at slip on 95, and Sangakkara continued Sri Lanka's dominance in a second-wicket stand of 75.

Sri Lanka's centurion finally fell when wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin took a leg-side catch off Bravo.

The third wicket came when Sangakkara was caught at slip, and two balls later Thilan Samaraweera chipped a Taylor slower ball to short midwicket.



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