Windies have maintained their 1-0 lead in the three-match series after a rain-affected draw in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
Windies bowled Sri Lanka out for 342 runs in 91.4 overs. Kusal Mendis top-scored with 87 runs from 117 deliveries. Shannon Gabriel took a career-best 8/62. He took 13 for 121 in the match, the third-best figures ever by a West Indian.
Sri Lanka set a target of 296 runs to win for the hosts. They start was good for the Lankans as they made inroads. Debutant Kasun Rajitha sent back Devon Smith and Kieran Powell early in the chase. Shai Hope suffered a blow and was retired hurt. Suranga Lakmal dismissed Roston Chase.
A Sri Lankan win was likely with Windies three wickets down already at lunch. Shane Dowrich departed after the lunch. Hope returned to the field to keep Windies’ hopes alive. He put on 53-run stand with Kraigg Brathwaite. Hope scored 39 off 115.
Windies lost only one wicket in the second session. Rain arrived in St. Lucia to interrupt the play in the last session. They play resumed after rain. The players had to fo off again due to bad light. It rained again as the match officials decided to call off the match.
Windies scored 147/5 in 60.3 overs. Brathwaite batted through the innings scoring unbeaten 59 runs off 172 balls.
With the second Test being drawn after Windies’ win in Trinidad, the Windies have made sure they remain unbeaten in a Test series at home for the first time in three years. They are eyeing a series win at home after nearly four years. The third Test in Barbados will be a day-night encounter.
Sri Lanka 253 & 342 (Mendis 87, Dickwella 62; Gabriel 8/62, Roach 2/78)
Windies 300 & 147/5 (K Brathwaite 59*; S Hope 39; Rajitha 2/23, Lakmal 2/48)
Man of the Match: Shannon Gabriel