A century opening partnership between Lahiru Thirimanne and captain Dimuth Karunaratne helped Sri Lanka bat all through the ultimate day on Friday to attract the second take a look at towards the West Indies and the two-match collection.
Sri Lanka entered the ultimate day 347 runs behind the West Indies after trailing by 376 when the house workforce declared its second innings on Thursday at 280-Four.
Karunaratne made 75 and Thirimanne 39 in a 101-run opening stand. Once they have been out, Oshada Fernando and Dinesh Chandimal mixed to bat Sri Lanka to 193-2 when stumps have been drawn early. Fernando was 66 not out and Chandimal 10 not out in an innings which had lasted 82 minutes.
The West Indies dominated the match, primarily by means of the efforts of captain Kraigg Brathwaite who made 126 within the first innings — his ninth take a look at century and first as captain — and 85 within the second.
The hosts scored 354 after being made to bat first and dismissed Sri Lanka for 258 to take a first-innings lead of 96. Brathwaite’s assertive declaration got here late on the fourth day with the hope the West Indies bowlers would possibly make early inroads into the Sri Lanka high order. However they discovered Thirimanne and Karunaratne immovable.
The Sri Lanka openers reached 29-Zero earlier than stumps on the fourth day and batted by means of the entire rain-affected first session on Friday to place the vacationers on the trail to a draw.
By lunch Sri Lanka was 93-Zero and Karunaratne and Thirimanne had given the vacationers the stable basis they wanted to keep away from nearly any risk of defeat. Their possibilities of chasing down such a considerable fourth-innings goal have been small; whereas the pitch on the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium was nonetheless enjoying effectively on the fifth day, it was sluggish and didn’t favor quick scoring.
Thirimanne was the primary man out with the rating at 101 within the 39th over. Karunaratne adopted within the 56th over after compiling his first half century of the collection.
Fernando and Chandimal caught collectively for nearly 24 overs to safe the draw, with Fernando posting his third half century in 9 checks.
The collection ended with each matches drawn however Brathwaite was joyful along with his workforce’s general efficiency.
“There have been good pitches in each take a look at matches and the bowlers clearly labored arduous,” he stated. “I used to be happy that not one of the guys ever gave up, even all the way down to Alzarri (Joseph) within the final spell of the match, nonetheless giving it every little thing.
“Batting-wise we proceed to bat quite a lot of overs … 90-plus overs which is a constructive for us. Sure, we might have favored to have gained however I used to be very pleased with the perspective we had and the self-discipline.”
The collection noticed a batting renaissance of types from Brathwaite who, whereas making solely three and 23 within the first take a look at, confronted 167 deliveries.
His 126 within the first innings of the second take a look at got here from 311 balls and his 85 within the second innings from 196 deliveries, that means he confronted 674 balls within the brief collection, a marathon effort.
“Once you lead a workforce, you want to guide from the entrance and I used to be joyful to get to these scores,” Brathwaite stated. “One of many most important issues for me was to maintain it easy.
“The primary take a look at I managed to bat quite a lot of balls with out getting the scores I’d have favored. I made certain I had a stable plan and batted 100%.”
Sri Lanka captain Karunaratne was additionally joyful along with his workforce’s efficiency which was certainly one of its finest just lately in an away collection. He stated there are nonetheless vital enhancements to be made, along with his workforce “taking wickets in patches however giving freely runs” and needing “to bowl line and size.”
“When you find yourself enjoying a take a look at sport, persistence is a key,” Karunaratne stated. “We have to enhance our persistence once we are batting additionally. These are the little issues we have to enhance once we are enjoying take a look at cricket.”