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Sri Lanka, West Indies draw second Test

A K Azad : risingbd.com
 
     
Publish on: 2018-06-19 10:41:36 AM     ||     Updated: 2018-06-19 3:29:19 PM

Sports Desk: The West Indies and Sri Lanka have drawn the second Test in Gros Islet after bad light stopped play on the final day.

Halfway through the cricket Test, Sri Lanka didn't want to go on to the field. At the end, the team didn't want to leave.

The Sri Lankans reluctantly accepted the light wasn't good enough for play, which meant drawing with the West Indies in a dramatic second Test on Monday.

The West Indies take a 1-0 lead into the third and final Test starting on Saturday in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The home side spent most of the fifth day in survival mode after being set 296 to win in three sessions.

Shai Hope, Kraigg Brathwaite and captain Jason Holder all suffered painful body blows from deliveries, and they were relieved when a second bout of rain after tea finally ended the match, with the team blocking for 5-147.

Sri Lanka, in full-on attack, initially questioned whether the bad light was bad enough but accepted the umpires' call.

Unlike on day three, when the visitors refused to come out of their dressing room then played only in protest at a ball-tampering charge faced by their captain, Dinesh Chandimal.

After sitting on 8-334 overnight, Sri Lanka added only eight more runs and West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel claimed the last two wickets to finish with 8-62 from the innings and 13-121 from the match.

Chasing down 296 in less than three sessions wasn't likely for West Indies, even more so when it was 2-2 after Devon Smith and Kieran Powell were out to poor shots in the fourth over by debutant paceman Kasun Rajitha.

There followed a rain delay for nearly 1-1/2 hours.

Play resumed for less than three overs when the light was too bad as Brathwaite finished on 59 not out, Holder on 15 in one of the most memorable Test draws.
 

Source: Agencies
 

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