Second Test Ends In A Drab Draw - 2 Test Series Drawn 0/0

Second Test Ends In A Drab Draw - 2 Test Series Drawn 0/0

3 April 2021 04:53 pm

2nd Test - Sri Lanka Vs West indies - Day 5 (Antigua)

Sri Lanka and the West Indies settled for a drab draw on the last day of the second and final cricket Test in Antigua on Friday to end the series without a result after drawing the first Test as well.

The West Indies tried everything under the sun, moon and stars as they used up nine bowlers to no avail while Sri Lanka reached 193 for 2 consuming 79 overs after resuming from an overnight 29 for no loss in pursuit of a 377 target.

The home team perhaps would have had an outside chance of making inroads into the Sri Lanka batting which went abegging when wicket-keeper Joshua Da Silva dropped a catch down the leg-side offered by opener Lahiru Thirimanne who was on 17 and went on to make 39 and share in a 101-run stand for the first wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne.

The unfortunate bowler was paceman Shannon Gabriel.

After the jolt the pair of Thirimanne and Karunaratne settled in to avert a collapse as the West Indies bowlers struggled on what appeared to be a flat batting track.

Karunaratne went on to make 75, his first half century in the series off 176 balls with nine fours, before he was trapped leg-before to part time bowler Kyle Mayers.

With Sri Lanka placed at 146 for 2 and more than 40 overs of the day's quota still remaining, any hopes the West Indies had of wrapping up the innings was thwarted by the experienced Dinesh Chandimal and Oshada Fernando who defied the bowlers for 23.1 overs before both teams decided to call it off with no result in sight.

Unlike his senior partner, Fernando played some shots while the match was drifting towards a draw as he struck eight fours in his unbeaten innings of 66 made off 119 balls.

Chandimal produced a wall-like defence to make just 10 runs in 66 balls that ensured Sri Lanka drew the match and the series without a result 0-0 after losing the T20 series 2-1 and the ODI series 3-0.

West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite was declared man of the match for his contributions of 126 and 85 with the bat while Suranga Lakmal was adjudged player of the series for a tally of 11 wickets.