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19-Jun-2018 05:11:00 GMT
WI v SL, 2nd Test, St Lucia, day 5

Brathwaite and bad weather guide hosts to a draw

Gros Islet: Kraigg Brathwaite's defiance and more inclement weather ensured a draw on the final day of the second Test between the Windies and Sri Lanka at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia on Monday.

The tourists setting the Windies an unlikely victory target of 296.

However Brathwaite's obdurate, unbeaten 59, with support from Shai Hope and captain Jason Holder ensured that the showers which came in the final session, coupled with deteriorating light, eliminated the Sri Lankans' chances of levelling the series.

Shannon Gabriel took the last two wickets of the Sri Lankan second innings within minutes of the start of play to finish with the outstanding innings analysis of eight for 62 and match figures of 13 for 121, the third-best by a West Indian in Tests and the best-ever by a Caribbean bowler in home conditions.

When he wrapped up the Sri Lankan innings for 342 by bowling Akila Dananjaya, Gabriel also reached the landmark of 100 Test wickets.

Brief scores:
Sri Lanka 253 (Chandimal 119*, Gabriel 5-59, Roach 4-49) and 342 (Mendis 87, Dickwella 82, Gabriel 8-62) drew wtih West Indies 300 (Smith 61, Dowrich 55, Kumara 4-86, Rajitha 3-49) and 147 for 5 (Brathwaite 59*, Rajitha 2-23, Lakmal 2-48)

Kasun Rajitha, the debutant fast-medium bowler who claimed three wickets in the first innings, rocked the Windies with the wickets of Devon Smith and Kieran Powell within the space of three deliveries at the start of the final innings of the match.

Senior seamer Suranga Lakmal accounted for Roston Chase and Hope but time ran out on the striving Sri Lankans and they were left frustrated by the weather, which once again closed in during the final session and leaves them trailing in the series ahead of the final Test in Barbados, beginning on Saturday.

It will an historic occasion at Kensington Oval as the first day/night Test to be played in the Caribbean and will also be starting on the 90th anniversary of the Windies' first day of Test cricket against England at Lord's in London on 23, 1928 June.

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