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Second Test ends in tame finish as WI, SL draw series

  • Published at 03:52 pm April 3rd, 2021
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Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne and West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite pose with the Test series trophy in Antigua Friday AFP

SL were 193/2 when the two captains agreed to end the game one hour before the scheduled close on the last day, still 184 runs short of their target and with the WI still needing eight more wickets for victory

The West Indies and Sri Lanka settled for a tame draw in the second and final Test match after they both fell short of their respective last day targets Friday.

Sri Lanka were 193/2 when the two captains agreed to end the game one hour before the scheduled close on the last day, still 184 runs short of their target and with the home side still needing eight more wickets for victory.

The West Indies were better placed to win, and secure series success, going into the final day. 

They needed to bowl Sri Lanka out while the tourists were chasing an imposing target of 377.

But rain dampened both sides prospects as it delayed the start of play and then the dull surface offered little for both batsmen and bowlers, rendering the contest effectively over long before the finish.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne showed a return to form as he hit a cautious 75 runs and Oshada Fernando was 66 not out as Sri Lanka safely negotiated any bowling threat the West Indies might have posed.

A week earlier the Caribbean side batted through the last day at the same venue to ensure a draw after being set 375 to win

Posted by Sports Tribune on Thursday, 1 April 2021

Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne resumed on 29/0 and went on to put 101 for the first wicket before both being dismissed after lunch.

Fernando and Dinesh Chandimal (10 not out) were unbeaten at the end with Alzarri Joseph and part-timer Kyle Mayers the two wicket takers.

The West Indies attack was blunted when Shannon Gabriel went off after just six overs with a suspected side strain.

The West Indies made an imposing 354 runs in their first innings to which Sri Lanka replied with 258. 

The home side declared their second innings on 280/4 late on the fourth day.

The first Test, played at the same venue, had also petered out into a predictable draw late on the final day.

2ND TEST

Sri Lanka 258 & 193/2 in 79 overs (Karunaratne 75, Fernando 66*) drew with West Indies 354 & 280/4d 

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