A draw was the most probable result in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka after the rain interruptions on Day 4 and 5, along with the hosts’ late declaration. That, unless Sri Lanka self-imploded, which didn’t happen in the end as the visitors’ batsmen resisted West Indies’ attack to draw the second Test and end the series 0-0 on Friday (April 2).
After West Indies dominated the limited-overs leg of Sri Lanka’s tour, the visitors only gave a better account of themselves in the Tests, with a drawn series quite a rarity in today’s day and age. There was very little separating the sides in the end, with both teams fighting hard and until the end. If West Indies’ batsmen displayed stoic resistance to draw the first Test, Sri Lanka’s batsmen returned the favour in the second. Starting the final day with 348 runs to get, it was obvious which was Sri Lanka were leaning in the opening session. The opening pair of Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne saw off West Indies’ bowlers in slow-moving, wicketless session with a draw looming large. That, after a late start to the day after rain had forced a delay.
Karunaratne, who had struggled through the series, stepped up when it mattered the most, and scored a half-century, looking good for a ton too. However, after Thirimanne fell soon after Lunch, he fell on the brink of Tea for 75, leaving West Indies with a chance of a comeback. However, Dinesh Chandimal (10) and Oshada Fernando (66) kept West Indies at bay as they ensured no further damage was done, ending the game on 193 for 2.
Brief Scores: West Indies 354 & 280/4 dec. (Brathwaite 85, Holder 71, Mayers 55; Lakmal 2-62)
drew with Sri Lanka 258 (Nissanka 51; Roach 3-58) & 193/2 (Dimuth Karunaratne 75, Lahiru Thirmanne 39, Oshada Fernando 66).
Man of the series : Suranga Lakmal for 11 wickets in two matches.