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Left stranded on 99 overnight, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite completed his ninth Test century to place his team in a strong position at stumps on the second day of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka. Brathwaite needed only two balls at the start of the day to reach his first century since July 2018. This was also his first hundred as West Indies captain. Brathwaite was the 16th player in Test history to be stranded on 99 overnight and he maintained a streak as all 16 have been converted into hundreds. He has now scored nine of the last 10 centuries by a West Indies opener. Brathwaite’s 103-run eighth-wicket partnership with Rahkeem Cornwall helped the West Indies to 354. At stumps, Sri Lanka were 136/3, 218 runs behind.
ECB doesn’t clash with players over IPL: Giles
England’s director of cricket Ashley Giles says the ECB would like to stay away from any conflict with players on their participation in the IPL as it could well mean losing the top ones if they are forced to choose between franchise and national duty. He feels any standoff with the players on the matter could have dangerous implications for England cricket. “Right now I think our players love playing for England,” Giles said. “I don’t want that to be a kiss of death. I think we have to understand that it could be a danger in the future.”
Captaincy will make Pant a better player: Ponting
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting says that leading the side in the upcoming season of the IPL will make wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant an even better player. Pant was named the captain of Delhi Capitals for the upcoming IPL after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the tournament after he injured his left shoulder during the recently-concluded England’s tour of India. “…looking forward to seeing Pant grab his opportunity. It’s well deserved for his recent performances. I’m convinced captaincy will make him an even better player,” Ponting tweeted. Agencies