Sri Lanka v West Indies, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day November 19, 2010

Paranavitana, Mahela ensure draw on final day


West Indies 580 for 9 dec (Gayle 333, Mendis 6-169) drew with Sri Lanka 378 (Sangakkara 73, Mahela 59, Shillingford 4-123) and 241 for 4 (Paranavitana 95, Mahela 58)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A lacklustre post-lunch performance from West Indies, and rain clouds that once again swooped over Galle in the afternoon, ensured that Sri Lanka held on for a draw in the first Test in Galle. The visitors were stiff in the field, allowing too many easy runs and despite the fall of two wickets in the afternoon session to go with two from the morning, West Indies failed to make sufficient inroads into the Sri Lankan line-up.

The debutant seamer Andre Russell lacked the fire and intensity to cause any concern after lunch as the well-set pair of Tharanga Paranavitana and Mahela Jayawardene negotiated the early overs of the afternoon with relative ease in comparison to the discomfort caused by Kemar Roach in the morning. While Russell maintained a consistent line and length, he lacked the pace and movement to pose a threat, and even the return of Roach could not make an impact.

Shane Shillingford too, was handled confidently in the afternoon, despite the offspinner's dismissal of Paranavitana for 95, midway through the session. Darren Sammy, who had dropped Paranavitana off the same bowler earlier on, held on to this one at slip, after the batsman had looked edgy in the 90s. Mahela, though, who had been tormented by Shillingford through the Test, began to play him with more assurance, twice punching him past point off the back foot, and finding singles and twos in the vacant outfield as Sammy pushed for wickets with men around the bat.

Mahela progressed to his second half-century of the match with a straight six off part-timer Brendan Nash, but fell to him two overs later, tamely chipping back to the bowler when he had looked good for a long innings. Thilan Samaraweera struck three fours in his 19 and was looking good in the company of Angelo Mathews before rain intervened once again, forcing the teams off the field and shutting the door on a riveting Test match.

It was not always such smooth sailing for Sri Lanka on the final day, though. An electric spell from Roach in the morning had blasted out Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara. Roach sizzled through that opening burst, hurling down two hostile maidens to Paranavitana before sending Dilshan's off stump cartwheeling with a fiery yorker. Sangakkara fell in Roach's next over, edging outside the off stump, to leave Sri Lanka tottering at 110 for two before Paranavitana and Mahela combined to claw and scrap their way to lunch. The pair survived a tense spell from Shillingford, whose fizzing, biting deliveries did everything but make the crucial breakthrough for the visitors, and took control of the situation after the lunch break.

Despite the stalemate, West Indies had positives to take into the second Test following their impressive work in the first innings. Sri Lanka's second-innings batting and Ajantha Mendis' spell on the second day was the silver lining in what was otherwise a bleak Test for them. West Indies' strong show completed the week of the underdog in world cricket as they came away with laudable draws against more fancied opponents, just as New Zealand and Pakistan did against India and South Africa respectively.

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    @herath-uk, please give credit to gayle. some fans are excited about WI performance. Infact i an WI fan, i hope for WI show and improvement. Dont forget WI went on for 20 years without loosing a test series. So we all want them to step up, retain that glory, not just in these 3 test matches, but in the future.It was childish to say we have no vaas no murali, we didnt blame when we lost, if we didnt have walsh, we didnt have ambrose. If you have a clear look WI started to decline in1991, but it was just 5 members kept intact - Lara,hooper,Richie, Ambrose and Walsh. they held it till 1995 and the latter 4 somehow glued and held till 1999. If SL want to compete at higher level, not to speak about Vaas and murali and go further. Its upto SL board to pick up right selection, rather weeping here. I feel WI played better in the first game at galle.

  • Muthuvel on November 21, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Sanga is a very good batsman, a fine cricket captain. but he has what strongly appears to be a fake puton accent, and that makes his 'orotorical skills not so awesome and being 'admired by english commentators' does not mean more than being admired by SL or Zimbabwean commentators honestly.

  • Al on November 21, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Shamicat, Er... Answer to your question. In the last ten years SL won the ICC Champions trophy in 2002, The Asia cup in 2004 and the Asian Test Championships in 2001/2002. Yes, WI have been a more famous team in the distant past but have lost it for many years now. With their record snce 1996 SL ARE a powerhouse in cricket. P.S I'm not a SL fan....

  • John on November 20, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Is srilanka doesn't have any other new fast bowlers except this popular faces, who had been given chances lots to proof a good bowler. Dilhara,Welagedara,Suranga Lakmal,& thushara how many time they got chances Are they proof that they can be a good fast bowler? Why srilankan cricket broad can't give chances to younger's rather than these same faces who are losing matches, Please remove these fellows from the list don't try again, if u try them again u will be frustrated that's 100% sure.

    There is a word from my ancient said " hadena gaya depeththen dene " that mean anyone can feel that someone can be good bowler in future in first match , from the way he is bowling. No need to try and try again.

  • Ishara on November 20, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Well done WI. I think their performances shocked SL team. Huge improvements by WI from last one or two series. CG seems to be relived after taken out from his captaincy, he batted his natural way could be dangerous for SL , going forward in this series. he can easily match Sewag what he did in last series, scoring runs quickly.SL need to plan to take his wicket quickly, I think they can because his technique not good as Sewag. SL need good swing bowler like Vass. It seems Samy doing well with his captaincy, put lot of fielders in & kept pressure.Grate innings by Paranawithana,as a young player he handled pressure better than most of experience looks like WI exposing MJ weakness around off stump.good to see him leaving the ball & very funny to see him getting out for spinners.SL batting looks thin, they need PJ to contribute with the bat. interesting to see team for 2nd test. going to be interesting as WI are in good set of mind after this to see herath play.

  • maximus on November 20, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    I could not see the logic behind Sammys decision to bat on after the dismissal of Chris Gayle. He wasted a precious one hour after that dismissal. Was he playing for a draw by targetting a score of 700 plus. A bad start for the new captain.

  • Anver on November 20, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Responsible batting by Tharanga & Mahela helped to a respectable draw which was dominated mostly by Windies in the opening days......well played both

  • Amila on November 20, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    To WI fans who are looking forward to see a 2-0 win for WI. Hey guys that will become true in your dreams. WI have never won a Test in SL soil. 0 wins 5 lost in 7 meetings. Even with great Lara in the team WI lost the last series 3-0. WI away record in last 5 years is worse too. Only 1 win in 22 matches with 14 Lost. On the other hand SL is very strong side at home. They have won 13 matches out of 22 in last 5 years. Only 3 lost to Subcontinent nations. WI is gonna definitely lose this series.

  • Shehan on November 20, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    @shamicmat: I beg to differ... SL has surpassed WI in the last 10 years. Check performances in World cups (both 50 & T20) and Rankings or check the head to head stats in the last 10 years, You'll see

  • Rahamat on November 20, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    Magnificent batting by Gayle.The tail of the batting still seems long though. Apart from Shillingford and Roach I wasn't really impressed with the rest of the other bowlers. I don't want to jump the gun and say the glory days are back for the West Indies but wait and see what happens in the next test.

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