Fifth day drowned as series ends in rainy stalemate

West Indies 303 for 8 (Darren Bravo 68, Nash 67, Smith 55, Chanderpaul 54, Herath 4-54) drew with Sri Lanka
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The stadium at Pallekele could have scarcely had a worse debut. After five hours of incessant rain on the final day, play was finally called off without a ball being bowled - the second completely washed-out day during the match. On the three days that play was possible, only 103 overs were bowled, in which West Indies made 303/8 after having been put in to bat by Kumar Sangakkara.

The entire series, which ends in a nil-all stalemate after rain in all three Tests, has been an incredibly disappointing one for fans, players and broadcasters alike. The tour hasn't had a full day's play since the first day of the first Test in Galle, but there have been several individual performances shining out through this depressing excuse for a Test series. Chris Gayle's fantastic triple-ton helped West Indies dominate the first Test, while Kumar Sangakkara's 150 in Colombo gave Sri Lanka control in the second. Darren Bravo announced himself with three mature half-centuries, which were not only impressive given their context, but aesthetically pleasing as well and Ajantha Mendis showed signs of a return to form through a succession of testing spells.

The teams can't claim to have gained much from the series and will hope that the late monsoon rains will abate in time for the one-dayers, the first of which is on Thursday.

West Indies 1st innings Partnerships

1st0CH GayleDS Smith
2nd115DS SmithDM Bravo
3rd27S ChanderpaulDM Bravo
4th99S ChanderpaulBP Nash
5th1BP NashDJ Bravo
6th10BP NashCS Baugh
7th1CS BaughDJG Sammy
8th21SJ BennDJG Sammy
9th29SJ BennKAJ Roach