Karunaratne, Fernando slam 50’s as brave Sri Lanka holds West Indies for a draw, series ends 0-0

Karunaratne, Fernando slam 50’s as brave Sri Lanka holds West Indies for a draw, series ends 0-0

West Indies vs Sri Lanka Match ends in a draw: Dimuth Karunaratne hit 75 and absorbed up 176 deliveries in a century reach with Lahiru Thirimanne, and Oshada Fernando thumped a thriving half-century of his own later in the day, as Sri Lanka easily batted out a draw in Antigua.

Sri Lanka 146 for 2 (Karunaratne 75, Oshada 66*) and 258 (Thirimanne 55, Nissanka 51, Roach 3-58) drew with West Indies 354 and 280 for 4 dec (Brathwaite 85, Holder 71*, Mayers 55, Lakmal 2-62)

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WI vs SL 2nd Test: Match ends in a draw, Sri Lankan top order prevents West Indies’ hopes for a win, Karunaratne & Fernando slam 50’s

Missing Shannon Gabriel for part of the day due to a hamstring injury, West Indies were only capable to get two Sri Lanka wickets on a pitch that had become more overdue and lower for the trap yet did not take an actual shift for the spinners.

Each of the four Sri Lanka batsmen who came to the crease looked comfortable. Even if the quicks infrequently took the edge, the ball was anticipated to die well before it ended in the slip cordon.

Rahkeem Cornwall, while, cautioned the inside edge with his straighter deliveries, but none of the thick edges was a viable catch for the fielder at short leg.

Sri Lanka lost their openers after lunch, but a draw remained to be the most suitable event as Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne had set the stage for SL with their 101-run first-wicket partnership.

Karunaratne went on to 75, his first major score of the tour, before being removed quickly before tea by Kyle Mayers after he seamed a ball into his back pad and claimed an lbw conclusion.

Karunaratne, Fernando slam 50’s as brave Sri Lanka holds West Indies for a draw, series ends 0-0

After a slightly delayed start due to rain, Karunaratne, and Thirimanne gave the Lankans chase a strong foundation as they aimed to secure a historic win today.

However, wickets from Alzarri Joseph and Mayers saw Sri Lanka have two new batsmen at the crease (Fernando & Chandimal). The duo has steadied the visitors’ innings and will be hoping to flourish in the final session of the day. Can Sri Lanka script history?

Earlier, West Indies declared at 280, Sri Lanka 29/0, need 348 runs to win. WI vs SL 2nd Test: SriLanka 29/0, require 348 runs on 5th day for historic victory against the West Indies. Sri Lankan openers Thirimanne 17* & Karunaratne 11* survived the tense 9 overs and will begin the chase on the 5th Day.

WI vs SL: West Indies declare 2nd innings at 280/4, set Sri Lanka 377 to win

Jason Holder scored quickfire 71* off 88 & Kraigg Braithwaite 85 compiled quick runs and West Indies declare on 280/4.

Sri Lanka survives the nine overs but there’s plenty of challenges that awaits them. The ball is keeping up and down, as you would expect from a fourth-day surface, and Rahkeem Cornwall extracted some turn too. The challenge is steep for the visitors.

Sri Lanka finished the day without any damage to their dreams at 29/0

Karunaratne, Fernando slam 50’s as brave Sri Lanka holds West Indies for a draw, series ends 0-0

West Indies vs Sri Lanka 2ND Test Full Scorecard

Kraigg Brathwaite (c) b Chameera 85 196 299 4 0 43.37
John Campbell c †Dickwella b Lakmal 10 25 39 1 0 40.00
Jermaine Blackwood c † Dickwella b Chameera 18 41 64 2 0 43.90
Kyle Mayers lbw b Lakmal 55 76 102 8 0 72.37
Jason Holder not out 71 88 136 7 0 80.68
Joshua Da Silva † not out 20 16 40 2 0 125.00
TOTAL (72.4 Ov, RR: 3.85) 280/4d

Fall of wickets: 1-14 (John Campbell, 6.4 ov), 2-58 (Jermaine Blackwood, 19.5 ov), 3-140 (Kyle Mayers, 43.6 ov), 4-227 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 65.5 ov)

Dimuth Karunaratne (c) c Bonner b Joseph 1 17 41 0 0 5.88
Lahiru thirimanne b Roach 55 106 162 6 0 51.89
Oshada fernando lbw b Mayers 18 71 96 1 0 25.35
Dinesh Chandimal c sub (HR Walsh) b Gabriel 44 101 173 6 0 43.56
Dhananjaya de silva lbw b Blackwood 39 140 205 3 0 27.86
Pathum Nissanka not out 49 119 4 0 41.18
Niroshan Dickwella † c †Da Silva b Holder 21 25 42 2 0 84.00
Suranga Lakmal c Brathwaite b Joseph 6 9 13 1 0 66.67
Dushmantha Chameera c †Da Silva b Holder 2 26 33 0 0 7.69
Lasith Embuldeniya not out 0 11 0 0 0.00
TOTAL (103.1 Ov, RR: 2.42) 250/8

Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 8.1 ov), 2-64 (Oshada Fernando, 29.4 ov), 3-77 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 35.3 ov), 4-152 (Dinesh Chandimal, 65.5 ov), 5-177 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 79.1 ov), 6-203 (Niroshan Dickwella, 87.4 ov), 7-214 (Suranga Lakmal, 90.2 ov), 8-231 (Dushmantha Chameera, 97.5 ov)

West Indies 1st Innings: 354/10 (111.1 ov)

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