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Wisden Cricinfo staff
July 19, 2004
West Indians 534 for 7 and 283 for 5 (Chanderpaul 104*) drew with Sri Lanka A 346 (Best 4-47)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul warmed up for Thursday's first Test at Lord's with an unbeaten hundred, as West Indies took the chance for some useful batting practice on the final day of their three-day match against Sri Lanka A at Shenley.
By stumps, Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 104 from 146 balls, which represented a welcome return to form seeing as he had not topped 32 since the beginning of the NatWest Series. Sylvester Joseph also gave the selectors a nudge with his 68, to follow on from a first-innings 114, although he is less likely to feature at Lord's.
Omari Banks produced his second assured innings of the match, an unbeaten 29, as West Indies closed on a healthy 283 for 5. Earlier they had decided against enforcing the follow-on, despite securing a first-innings lead of 188, after bowling Sri Lanka out for 346. That effort owed much to Tino Best, who ripped out the tail to finish with 4 for 47 in his 11 overs.
Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper, Prasanna Jayawardene, was left stranded on 48 not out, as West Indies took control. But, on the plus side for the Sri Lankans, they at least preserved their unbeaten record, after sweeping to seven wins out of seven in the one-day leg of the tour. They now have two matches of their stop-over remaining, against Glamorgan and Somerset.
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