During current era of result oriented test cricket , we have a 0-0 series verdict after a long time . Sri Lanka and West Indies played out a 2 test 0-0 drawn series after 10 days of intense cricket at North Sound Antigua . West Indies had a big target to chase on 5th day of 1st test ala Bangladesh series but this time they played out a draw against a more disciplined Sri Lankan bowling . And in the 2nd test after a result looked a possibility at the end of 1st 3 days , the easing out of the pitch in favour of the batsmen moved the test towards a no result.
West Indies batted first and with century from skipper Kraigg Brathwaite (126) and 50 from Cornwall (73) and 49 from Mayers totalled 354 in first innings in which the Srilankan fast bowlers Lakmal (4/94) and Chameera (3/69) bowled with discipline line and length and reaped rewards .
In reply fifties Thirimanne and Nissanka and starts from Chandimal (44) & De Silva took Srilanka to 258 with Roach and Holder restricting the tourists from getting too close to the Windies score .
Another steady knock from Brathwaite (85) consolidated West Indies position in the game further and Jason Holder’s (71) rapid knock towards the end helped Windies to declare at 280/4 setting a big 4th innings target of 377 for Srilanka.
However the tourists played our a draw on the last day with 50s from skipper Karunaratne (75 ) and Oshada Fernando (66) . Srilanka ending on 193/2 before play was called off
Suranga Lakmal for his 6 wickets in the match on a docile pitch and 11 wickets for the series at 21 average was declared the man of the series & Windies skipper Kraig Braithwaite ( 237 runs 59 average in series ) took the man of the match award for his scores of 126 & 85 in 2nd test.
2nd test score summary
WI 354/10 (111.1 Ovs) 1st Innings
Kraigg Brathwaite(c) 126(311)
SL 258/10 (107 Ovs) 1st Innings
Pathum Nissanka 51(131)
WI 280/4 (72.4 Ovs) 2nd Innings
Kraigg Brathwaite(c) 85(196)
SL 193/2 (79 Ovs) 2nd Innings
Oshada Fernando 66(119)
Alzarri Joseph 1/33