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

Paranavitana, Mahela ensure draw on final day

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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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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Vilander 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.

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth 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....

  • POSTED BY SLJohn 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.

  • POSTED BY 3rd_man 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 players.it 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 test.like to see herath play.

  • POSTED BY cricinme 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.

  • POSTED BY anver777 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

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu 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.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka 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

  • POSTED BY tedboyal 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Vilander 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.

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth 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....

  • POSTED BY SLJohn 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.

  • POSTED BY 3rd_man 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 players.it 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 test.like to see herath play.

  • POSTED BY cricinme 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.

  • POSTED BY anver777 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

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu 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.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka 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

  • POSTED BY tedboyal 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.

  • POSTED BY ArunaK on | November 19, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    WI will loose the series without doubt Gayle cant make 300 plus every match. poor bowling perfromance from sri lanka need at least two stirke bowlers with Medis to become competitive test team. They need to get their bowling in the right direction for the rest of the series.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | November 19, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    Wonder why some WI fans are so much elated after the match;it was almost second string SL bowling attack (resting Malinga,Dilhara,no Vass,Murali) and it was just Gayle on a good first day pitch; the rest just crumbled.True SL was somewhat complacent but can you blame when one knows even when Lara was riding high,WI was thrashed 3-0 and in almost every important tournament ODIs/T20s SL has beaten WI fairly and squarely.Even English commentators here admire Sanga's excellent oratorical and leadership skills and there are just a very few in the current game if any at all.Arjuna brought some bottle and spunk to the triumphant team and probably Sanga can emulate it. Sanga looks a true leader fighting a corner against the establishment to build a winning team for the world cup and you need to be sometimes brash and outspoken about it! Best wishes Sanga! Ranil Herath UK

  • POSTED BY shamicmat on | November 19, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Lord.emsworth..... you know that WI is a more successful team than SL. I am a big SL fan but SL is not a powerhouse in cricket today.how many major events SL win in the last 10 years(1 the same as WI in it's worse state)

  • POSTED BY valram on | November 19, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Lets not get carried away..Lara scored over 600 runs last series and we lost all tests...Sammy is a political selection via the insular and small island mentality of Julian Hunte and Hilaire and clearly does not belong in Test cricket...but we will see if he can rise ..Gayle is inconsistent and tends to rest on his laurels...Kemar Roach has proven to be a real joy as a genuine pace bowler..Sammy fastest delivery was 73mph.. Dwayne Bravo will rebound for some sound batting....Darren Bravo will score his maiden test century on this tour..and Russel will wake up to the reality that this is TEST CRICKET...and will restore WI pride...and by the way the last time I saw SL was with my son in POS at the Oval where we beat the hell out of Murali..Sarwan scored a century..it was the first win at the Oval for Wi for 10 years...I remain hopeful that we stand up and be counted again, after all we were unbeaten for 20 consecutive years under Clive Loyd and Viv

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | November 19, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Somebody stated that Sangakkara has to learn from Gayle. What a joke? Gayle has never been in top 10 as a Test batsmen before. He just reach #10 few days ago. Can he keep that position? Whole Cricket world knows about his consistency. Sangakkara is a World class Test batsman. He became the #1 Test batsman several times. He has been in top 10 list from 06/03/2002 to 21/07/2002 and from 27/07/2006 to present. That shows his capability and class. Please don't make jokes by comparing them.

  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    OK WI fans let us not get carried away to fast. We all know that CONSISTENCY is the key here. Without it we are as good as dead. It was a very great match by Gayle; and also Darren, Barath and Nash. Congratulations also to skipper Sammy. Great job for his first match at this level. Hope we can see that kind or even a better showing in the next two matches. SL is a very good team but if WI can maintain that frame of mind, we will have a good series. RALLY ROUND THE WEST INDIES.

  • POSTED BY Sportsscientist on | November 19, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    the west indies have put in one of their best performances for years.... considering that they beat england at sabina park & drew a test series away to NZ.....they haven't been on top for a whole 5 days overseas for probably 10 years. The 2nd test will show wether or not this is just a false reality or true state of recovery. the internal politics of WI cricket may yet prove to hinder the balance of the squad. no offence to Darren sammy; he is a young cricketer trying his best to help WI cricket.......however his presence disturbs the team's balance. with Roach tired after a good morning spell, WI lack of firepower affected the team. sammy and bravo are not genuinely quick....WI needed pascal along with Russell, to help supprt Roach in bowling out Sri lanka, therefore sammy & bravo cannot play. WI need 3 quicks & 1 spinner & bravo as the stock bowler. but with sammy as captain, someone has to go. the WICB had to make a non rebel captain to control the team. SHAME ON THEM!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 19, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    While I admire SL team talent. I agree that Sanga is one person that annoys me. To me he is one of the most arrogant person in test cricket today. The others are Ponting and Graham Smith of SA. Generally, except for England, I find most players in all other teams don't know how to speak/write and that include the fans on this board. Cricket is fraught with cultural problems. What people think as speaking the truth or boldness is interpreted as lack of class or arrogance in the west. Just because Sanga thinks a certain way does not mean he should speak that way. Off the field, a captain is supposed to use intellect to parse the words for many young people consider Sanga a role model. Speaking from seat of the pants without using intellegence is arrogance. Especially in a game where there is so much ethnic diversity.

  • POSTED BY japper on | November 19, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Its all fine drawing this test for the windies but whom do they drop come the second test for Suleimann Benn? Andre Russell looks absolutely an awesome prospect, no matter he had just one wicket to show for his efforts. If windies have Roach, Russell, Shillingford and Benn with Bravo for support they can beat any team in the world. To me Sammy is the one who has to go but he is the captain. Not sure how long this can go on.

  • POSTED BY ramzi1985 on | November 19, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    @SMadampege mate I suggest you go and watch all the wins of Sri Lanka as you are unable to cope up when they seem to do badly. WI was good, Gayle was having an awesome time what can bowlers do when a batsmen is hitting so cleanly? The pitch was excellent for batting in the 1st and 2nd day and if SL had won the toss then this could have been a different game. But WI won the toss and they batted really well. Give credit where it's due. In sport there's both winning and losing. If a person can't accpet defeat that means he's never participated in a sport in his/her life. Think before you type will you?

  • POSTED BY shameerpvt on | November 19, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    Gayle's innings was superb...... SL misses Vassi who would normally dismiss out Gayle early in a match...... I noticed a great relief from Gayle when he scored his maiden test hundred in SL soil...... WI seems a professional team once again & SL didn't have the pace attack to make inroads...... For me, Dammika Prasad is not an impulsive bowler who have never taken a "man of the match" award showing his bowling or batting performances...... Better replace him with Dilhara for the next macth...... Want to enjoy a good series......

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | November 19, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    @napster82: SL minnows??? Where were you in the last 10 years? Watching football??? Just because Sanga states the truth and is not afraid of BCCI/ICC doesn't mean he's 'upstart arrogant' What do you want him to do? Turn a blind eye and agree to everything other's say? NO! Atleast he has a spine and is man enough to speak his mind. I'm not gonna comment about Sammy's captaincy because he's still new and I'm not gonna jump the gun and say he's good or bad. Nice bloke though...

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | November 19, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    I am a neutral but fairly interested in these matches. Sri Lanka used to own Galle, no question. Now Murali has gone sides can breath on their tours to SL. But who apart from Gayle and Chanderpaul is going to make big runs for WI? Where is Sarwan? It's only a short while since he was making a lot of runs. WI side would be a half okay with him there. If I were West Indian I would be very annoyed not to see him there.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | November 19, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    Shock Horror! had I been a gambling man my mortgage could be paid up. The WI conceeded 619 runs of which 38 LESS than 10% in fact just over 5% were extras. So decipline has crept back into the bowling sadly it still lacks penetration. This is a promising start. WELL DONE!!!!

  • POSTED BY meisteroso on | November 19, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Good result for the WI to start out the Tests. We must however be careful not to take too much confidence from this result. First ... triple centuries are obviously very rare, so we should not expect to get 580 runs without a couple of those 50's being converted into tons and with the last 5 batsmen contributing only 16. While Gayle applied himself very well, SL also gifted us the chance to score so heavily by having only 4 bowlers ... Matthews bowled what, 2 overs all match? Also, our captain took 3 catches but did nothing else ... that will need to change. Especially with the ball ... in fairness, anyone can get out to a super delivery first ball. I expect SL not to dig themselves this kind of hole in the 2nd Test ... it remains to be seen how we perform in a closer game ... can our batsmen show the same resolve and application if we are down like they were here or, will we need help from the rain too? Good start WI ... keep up the effort!!

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | November 19, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Somebody described the SL team as minnows. LOL. Sorry mate! Its the WI who are todays minnows...sadly. SL are a powerhouse today. They won the WC as far back as 96, were runners up in 2007, and semi-finalists in 2003. They won the champions trophy in 2002. In the 20/20 WC they reached the super 8's in 2007, were runners up in 2009 and semi finalists in 2010. Pretty amazing stuff for a team who got test status in 1982. As most have commented here sans Gayles superb effort headlines would be different....

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | November 19, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Great show by W.I. A pity the rain robbed them of a thrilling finale.

  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    West Indies have started the series with a bang hope this is the renaissance of W.Indies cricke. One rainall does not make a monsoon - the problem is that they are not consistent. Gaye also will score a century or double but will ge out to poor scores in the next 5 to 6 innings. Sarwan their main batsman is not playing because of contract dispute with the West Indies Board. The two Bravos are good. Offspinner Shillingford is making inroads. It is good that they are shining because it is difficult to win amtcvhes in Sri Lanka as it suits their conditions, mainly spin. A good beginning - keep it up !

  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Well done WI!!! I am a SL fan but I always appreciate the Windies and their style of cricket. Good to see the magnificent Chris Gayle coming good in a big way. I think SL underestimated their opposition and paid the price. We cannot have Thushara and Prasad leading our pace attack. Malinga, Fernando, Kulasekera are much better. Of course a lot depends on conditions. SI placed too much weight on the spinners. But what happens if your pace attack doesn't take top order wickets and allows the batsmen to settle in? 590 - 9 thats what happens. I hope SL takes the next test a little more seriously.

  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    this is best SL team for 2nd test, dilshan,paranavitana,sanga,mahela,samaraweera,kandamby/chandimal ,prasanna,herath,mendis,dilhara,welagedara....

  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka got lucky to draw this match after Gayke Smash, If they are to make an impact in the second test, they got to have a bowler who can threaten the batsman. After Murali's retirement and leaving Malinga out of the squad, they have to play Dilhara even though he is a poor fielder. Spin atack is alright with Randhiv and Ajantha Mendis. But pace attack needs much improvement in their performance.

  • POSTED BY ramzi1985 on | November 19, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    @napster- Don't think too far ahead mate. 3 seamers and 2 spinners may not work in Pallekale where it is known for the cool climate. Also no one knows how the pitch would behave on Premadasa due to the renovations to the whole ground. The rain certainly robbed a good match as completely wiped away a days play. If rain gods didn't intervene we could have seen a good match where either SL may have clawed back and wiped the deficit off and applied pressure back on WI or the WI may have pulled off a win. It's a new beginning for the both teams in the next match and WI would have to come up with the same intecity they showed in this test. Regarding the batting skills of the 2 captains I beleive nothing needs to be said, it's the style of the SL captain to attack the bowlers whether he is angry or not with how things have happenned. Sammy was gone 1st ball so we didn't see if was angry or not :D How can you define the 1st innings dissmisal of Sangakkara as throwing his wicket away?

  • POSTED BY visualdp on | November 19, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Well Well well !!! @napster82: You are jumping too high mate .......... And I must say you have crossed the limits by saying "SL minnows" & disgrace a great player like Sanga . Where on earth ????? Thanks to Gayle (great innings & pleasure to watch) WI posted 580/9 other wise there will be a complete different match. While telling WI "graciousness", you may please advice other team players to make some runs. You may watch my friend still series is not over yet ......& dont jump too high like that..

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 19, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    I think this match was balanced between both teams. Good show by both teams. WI batted first and relied heavily on Gayle's score. SL batted second and batted to a draw. If it wasn't for the rain, SL would have taken lead. I thought both teams were matched with no team showing a clear advantage. WI beware of the second test, especially if you lose the toss. The second test may look exactly opposite of first test. Do these games have UDRS? Or is it something teams make a big deal of only when India plays?

  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Very happy to see WI back on track. That searing spell from Roach kindled so many nostalgic memories. Hope this isn't another one of those false dawns.

  • POSTED BY Rexton2 on | November 19, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    @ napster>> whoa whoa mate...what does sangakkara has to learn from Chris Gayle the great? Turning down the contract offered by your country so that he can be a freelance T20 player? I'd rather sanga doen not learn it...and man when it comes to arrogance chris gayle is second to none.Remember him harassing Michael Clarke(who is one of the few good blokes in the Aussie team) with his huge build during a champion's trophy match.You seem to have a very short memory... and remember sangakkara is not an upstart...he has perfomed CONSISTENTLY against all countries in all counties...consistency is one thing Mr.Gayle does not have. And don't get too excited about flash in the pan knock of Gayle.We Sri Lankan do not consider this series against West Indies as a practice for WC.Else why do we rest our best pace bowler..come to your senses man...the days where you can be arrogant and look down on countries like SL are LONG GONE !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    well played wi , but as a wi fan i feel that this should not stop here and wi shud play well in remaining matches also consistently , i hope this is not just one match in which they play well nd the same losing story continues............

  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Great match windies.Even I'm a Sri Lankan I hv really enjoyed Gayle's innings.And the effort put all of the windy players should be really appreciated.It's been not easy to play here even India also struggled here few months ago. To be very honestly, I want to see SL win the series.But again I should say windies totally outplayed our players.Congratulations & thanks for the Entertainment.

  • POSTED BY Shen_Mark on | November 19, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    @ napster82 Agree that the WI played the better cricket, but expect a more spirited fightback from the Lions in 2nd match. They (Roach & Bravo) bowled with a plan (outside off) at Sanga. But WI should be prepared for a counter attack, or else you and your countrymen will witness the sorry state of current WI cricket...

  • POSTED BY jermainewi on | November 19, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Well done WI much improve performance "A WIN" WOULD have bin grate we almost got it..... SL have say thanks for rain. well down chris gayle and captain Sammy Keep it up and the region will be smiling with ...a series win 2-0 All the best for Windies...

  • POSTED BY Silent_Warrior_SL on | November 19, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    @napster82, please don't compare Sammy and Sanga, Sanga is a world class batsmen, and a good captain, .. but sammy is just lucky enough that he's playing in the side. I think if Sl can dismiss Gale cheaply they can Rip through the Windies batting lineup easy..

  • POSTED BY SMadampege on | November 19, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    In the end Rain was the man of the match for Sri Lanka. I am a Sri Lankan. But I strongly blame to this SL team. They didn't won a single session of this test. They failed both bat and ball. Why Ajantha Mendis is in the team?. Now almost all of batsmen know how to play him. Though he took 6 wickets, he gave plenty of runs. If he has talents, he must dismiss crazy fellow Gayle. If within SL, foreign country batsman scores a triple century, all bowlers must retire from test cricket. Even they were unable to avoid the follow on. Gayle is the only hope for WI while SL have lots of Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Thilan and Randiv ( may be ajantha), so SL must disappointed about this match. It could have easily won if somebody dismissed Gayle early. If SL players are unable to perform in 2nd test, please retire from test cricket. Do not waste money in Sri Lankan people. all players are given 5 lax for a test. So this is given for winning not lulling babies....

  • POSTED BY chachuma on | November 19, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Dear WI fans..... It is bit too early to come to conclusions. Apart from Chris Gayle, all other WI batsmen scored only about 250, which is not the case for SL. Hope you all could remember the collapse of the WI lower order. We'll wait and see what happens in the second test.

  • POSTED BY ric-crik on | November 19, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    WELL DONE WEST INDIES...................I AM ESPECIALLY IMPRESS WITH SOME OF THE YOUNGER PLAYER ON SHOW,THINK THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO CARRY WEST INDIES CRICKET FORWARD....I AM LOOKING FORWARD THE 2 OTHER TEST MATCHES.............SPECIAL MENTION MUST BE MADE OF THE UMPIRING IN THIS TEST.........IT WAS EXCELLENT.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | November 19, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Gyle did his job. Now, its the time for other batsmen to do their job. WI r not anywhere near to the golden era, but still better...

  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Great game! WI had SL on the wall. Good comeback by SL in the end. I would say SL should bring Rangana Hearth for Randiv because most top order WI players are left handers. No pace in SL. if Malinga is rested then bring Fernando at least. If Mathews is not bowling bring a full batsman like Dinesh Chandimal.

    Take nothing away from WI though! Well Done!!!!

  • POSTED BY cricketman96 on | November 19, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Well done WI much improve performance from your provious ingagement against SA.We in the West Indies were looking for fight and determination from this unit and we got it.Now we want this attitude to be consistence.So in the next test we lookforward to even a better performance "A WIN". The feel and taste of dorminating an opponent for the better part of four day has to be contagious.Imaging what it will feel like to actually win a match! We in the region continue to support you guys 100%. GO WEST INDIES. Keep bringing back smiles in the heart and on our the faces. Well done Chris Gayle, you have demonstrated that the lost of the captaincy is not a lost of your immense talent.Keep it up and the region will be smiling for something, cricketwise, for a long time to come . Barath,Dj Bravo and Russell thanks for a glimpse into the future of WI cricket.THERS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT SHINNING AHEAD OF US.One that will shine the way for more competitive cricket from the WI. RALLY ROUND THE WI.

  • POSTED BY napster82 on | November 19, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    well played WI..u have showed ur class. SL saved by the skin of their teeth..they 've got rain gods to thank for. It's been WI all the way on all 5 days giving us a glimpse of those glorious days of Caribbean cricket that we know of. The 3 fast bowlers and 2 spinners could be a handful for SL in colombo. The captaincy skill of Sammy to be much appreciated in comparison to sangakkara who most of the time the most upstarted arrogant crow u'll ever come across on a cricket pitch, the two innings he played reflected those sentiments clearly. He was trying to take out his anger by throwing his bat around senselessly and finally throwing his wicket away on both innings...guess he needs to learn from Mr. Chris Gayle on humbleness & graciousness Think the great WI can send these SL minnows down the drain and take the series 2-0... All the best for Windies...

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  • POSTED BY napster82 on | November 19, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    well played WI..u have showed ur class. SL saved by the skin of their teeth..they 've got rain gods to thank for. It's been WI all the way on all 5 days giving us a glimpse of those glorious days of Caribbean cricket that we know of. The 3 fast bowlers and 2 spinners could be a handful for SL in colombo. The captaincy skill of Sammy to be much appreciated in comparison to sangakkara who most of the time the most upstarted arrogant crow u'll ever come across on a cricket pitch, the two innings he played reflected those sentiments clearly. He was trying to take out his anger by throwing his bat around senselessly and finally throwing his wicket away on both innings...guess he needs to learn from Mr. Chris Gayle on humbleness & graciousness Think the great WI can send these SL minnows down the drain and take the series 2-0... All the best for Windies...

  • POSTED BY cricketman96 on | November 19, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Well done WI much improve performance from your provious ingagement against SA.We in the West Indies were looking for fight and determination from this unit and we got it.Now we want this attitude to be consistence.So in the next test we lookforward to even a better performance "A WIN". The feel and taste of dorminating an opponent for the better part of four day has to be contagious.Imaging what it will feel like to actually win a match! We in the region continue to support you guys 100%. GO WEST INDIES. Keep bringing back smiles in the heart and on our the faces. Well done Chris Gayle, you have demonstrated that the lost of the captaincy is not a lost of your immense talent.Keep it up and the region will be smiling for something, cricketwise, for a long time to come . Barath,Dj Bravo and Russell thanks for a glimpse into the future of WI cricket.THERS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT SHINNING AHEAD OF US.One that will shine the way for more competitive cricket from the WI. RALLY ROUND THE WI.

  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Great game! WI had SL on the wall. Good comeback by SL in the end. I would say SL should bring Rangana Hearth for Randiv because most top order WI players are left handers. No pace in SL. if Malinga is rested then bring Fernando at least. If Mathews is not bowling bring a full batsman like Dinesh Chandimal.

    Take nothing away from WI though! Well Done!!!!

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | November 19, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Gyle did his job. Now, its the time for other batsmen to do their job. WI r not anywhere near to the golden era, but still better...

  • POSTED BY ric-crik on | November 19, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    WELL DONE WEST INDIES...................I AM ESPECIALLY IMPRESS WITH SOME OF THE YOUNGER PLAYER ON SHOW,THINK THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO CARRY WEST INDIES CRICKET FORWARD....I AM LOOKING FORWARD THE 2 OTHER TEST MATCHES.............SPECIAL MENTION MUST BE MADE OF THE UMPIRING IN THIS TEST.........IT WAS EXCELLENT.

  • POSTED BY chachuma on | November 19, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Dear WI fans..... It is bit too early to come to conclusions. Apart from Chris Gayle, all other WI batsmen scored only about 250, which is not the case for SL. Hope you all could remember the collapse of the WI lower order. We'll wait and see what happens in the second test.

  • POSTED BY SMadampege on | November 19, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    In the end Rain was the man of the match for Sri Lanka. I am a Sri Lankan. But I strongly blame to this SL team. They didn't won a single session of this test. They failed both bat and ball. Why Ajantha Mendis is in the team?. Now almost all of batsmen know how to play him. Though he took 6 wickets, he gave plenty of runs. If he has talents, he must dismiss crazy fellow Gayle. If within SL, foreign country batsman scores a triple century, all bowlers must retire from test cricket. Even they were unable to avoid the follow on. Gayle is the only hope for WI while SL have lots of Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Thilan and Randiv ( may be ajantha), so SL must disappointed about this match. It could have easily won if somebody dismissed Gayle early. If SL players are unable to perform in 2nd test, please retire from test cricket. Do not waste money in Sri Lankan people. all players are given 5 lax for a test. So this is given for winning not lulling babies....

  • POSTED BY Silent_Warrior_SL on | November 19, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    @napster82, please don't compare Sammy and Sanga, Sanga is a world class batsmen, and a good captain, .. but sammy is just lucky enough that he's playing in the side. I think if Sl can dismiss Gale cheaply they can Rip through the Windies batting lineup easy..

  • POSTED BY jermainewi on | November 19, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Well done WI much improve performance "A WIN" WOULD have bin grate we almost got it..... SL have say thanks for rain. well down chris gayle and captain Sammy Keep it up and the region will be smiling with ...a series win 2-0 All the best for Windies...

  • POSTED BY Shen_Mark on | November 19, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    @ napster82 Agree that the WI played the better cricket, but expect a more spirited fightback from the Lions in 2nd match. They (Roach & Bravo) bowled with a plan (outside off) at Sanga. But WI should be prepared for a counter attack, or else you and your countrymen will witness the sorry state of current WI cricket...