result
2nd Test, Gros Islet, Jun 14 - Jun 18 2018, Sri Lanka tour of West Indies
253 & 342
(60.3 ov, target 296)300 & 147/5
Match drawn
player of the match
Shannon Gabriel
West Indies
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• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Brathwaite, bad weather hold off Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka denied series-levelling win as 32.3 overs lost to weather on rainy final day in St Lucia

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka253/10(79 overs)1st INNINGS
West Indies300/10(100.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Devon Smith61 (176)
Lahiru Kumara4/86(26.3)
Sri Lanka342/10(91.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
West Indies147/5(60.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Shai Hope39 (115)
Suranga Lakmal2/48(17.3)
60.3
Lakmal to Holder, no run

snakes back in from outside off, beats Holder's inside edge to hit him on the box. Holder has fallen flat on the ground, he seems ot be in some pain. Delay in play! The physio is out, the non-striker walks up to him. Chandimal doesn't like this.

Short leg, leg gully, short midwicket, two slips, gully in place.

It's getting dark. Could become a factor sooner than expected. Aleem looks at the reading, Ian Gould walks up to join him. They've rested the light meter on the stumps, in place of the bails. Not sure why. Then he removes the instrument and slots the bails back in. Chandimal looks on. West Indies ain't complaining.

60.2
1
Lakmal to Brathwaite, 1 run

works this uppishly off his hip to fine leg

Aleem Dar calls for the light meter.

60.1
Lakmal to Brathwaite, no run

defends with soft hands from the crease

end of over 60Maiden
WI: 146/5CRR: 2.43 
Jason Holder15 (19)
Kraigg Brathwaite58 (170)
Lahiru Kumara10-3-28-0
Suranga Lakmal17-3-47-2
59.6
Lahiru Kumara to Holder, no run

works this full delivery on middle to mid-on

American Cricket: "No matter what, I think Gabriel deserves MoM at the end of this match. He's bowled his heart out and deserves it"

59.5
Lahiru Kumara to Holder, no run

back of length outside off, left alone

59.4
Lahiru Kumara to Holder, no run

beaten on the drive! Beauty from Kumara, drew a false stroke. No feet from Holder

59.3
Lahiru Kumara to Holder, no run

steams in and delivers a short of length delivery on middle, defended back as Holder shows the full face of the bat

59.2
Lahiru Kumara to Holder, no run

short of length and angling in from wide of the crease, left alone again

59.1
Lahiru Kumara to Holder, no run

back of length outside off, he shoulders arms

Kumara is back

end of over 599 runs
WI: 146/5CRR: 2.47 
Kraigg Brathwaite58 (170)
Jason Holder15 (13)
Suranga Lakmal17-3-47-2
Akila Dananjaya19-7-33-1
58.6
2
Lakmal to Brathwaite, 2 runs

driven firmly on the up, a misfield at short cover parries the ball towards mid-off.

Jerome: "As a Windies fan, would want the boys to give it a go. We are T20 specialists, let's put it to good use! No guts, no glory."

58.5
4b
Lakmal to Brathwaite, 4 byes

plenty of movement back in but even the keeper had no chance. Four byes. Reversed in a long, long way.

58.4
2
Lakmal to Brathwaite, 2 runs

slips in a full delivery on middle and off, whipped into the gap at square leg

58.3
Lakmal to Brathwaite, no run

short of length on off stump, defended from the crease.

Last hour to start at 5.22pm or when 15 overs remain

58.2
Lakmal to Brathwaite, no run

full on off, defended confidently

58.1
1
Lakmal to Holder, 1 run

full and angling into middle, worked wide of midwicket for an easy single

end of over 586 runs
WI: 137/5CRR: 2.36 
Jason Holder14 (12)
Kraigg Brathwaite54 (165)
Akila Dananjaya19-7-33-1
Suranga Lakmal16-3-42-2

4.50pm 23 overs remaining, play to resume. The players are out there, the light is okay for now. Best news possible, isn't it? Attacking fields for Lakmal.

I'm afraid we're moving closer to the edge, with a decision likely anytime soon. Windies fans, would you rather see play being called off and head to Barbados 1-0 or resume and see your lower order try and fight it out, with the risk of losing?

4.45pm This is as good a time as any for you'll to catch up on our best content from last week. No prizes for guessing what features prominently. Trust me, it's all good stuff.

Navjot S Bhatia: "Should we not have some standards wrt the drainage capabilities of a ground hosting international matches..? This match deserved a result .. and will go down the history books as a tame DRAW... Test Cricket Deserves better... what say?" -- Absolutely. Remember a Test from 2016 in Port of Spain when India toured where we had four day of bright sunshine and no cricket.

Okay, it may seem greek and latin to those just tuning in. So here's a blow-by-blow account of how and why the ball tampering episode unfolded earlier in this Test.

Stephen Blomfie: "So with a draw now looking likely the focus now switches to the post match hearing into the SL captain. I'm still shocked he hasn't (yet) been hit with a 2nd charge for dissenting the umpires decision by refusing to play. It's significantly brought the game into disrepute - Thoughts anyone?"

5pm was supposed to be the scheduled close, with half hour extension to make up for the overs. But delays over the last four days means we can go upto 6pm. All weather permitting, of course.

4.28pm Still no sign of play. Waiting for an update from the ground. We hear the mop up operations are on, but the outfield's water absorption capacity isn't the best. The shower we witnessed was a sharp one. Eating into time for Sri Lanka. Looks like it could be 1-0 heading into Barbados at this stage, but who knows? Anyone fancy a Kumara special upon resumption?

Vinod Ahir: "Next Match WI should place four quicks and a lone spinner in Chase. Go the 80s way. Fast, faster, fastest." -- And also hope a Barbados pitch of the 1980s welcomes them?

AlistairDiamond: "Really a Royal Enfield? Do you mean a modern one that uses the Royal Enfield brand name although it's a completely different bike, or an original 500cc RE, last made in 1970?" -- Jeez, well before my time that.

Harley: "Kawasaki Ninja or Suzuki?" -- Good old Royal Enfield.

AJ: "Think it was day three. Ian Bishop in commentary was having a look at Brathwaite's technique and found he was actually batting side on which resulted in him driving on the move, hence nicking off, any noticeable change to correct this?" -- Not really, tends to get squared up most often, thereby missing out on regulation opportunities to pick runs on the leg side. Also has a unique technique, where in he jabs at deliveries in trying to blunt them Has worked so far.

Salman: "I think Mohammad Ali has mixed two different Brathwaite. Because I don't think that Kraigg Brathwaite is a power hitter. It is Carlos Brathwaite." -- Bingo.

Karthik Sekar: "No need to show off that you have a 500cc bike" -- Come on, mate. We need to keep ourselves entertained during rain breaks.

Waqas Abdullah: "Imagine, first ball after the break and a wicket, game will be damn hot and ON :) "

Tathagat Behera: "Gabriel possess excellent pace with bounce.. Roach has swing..if others support them and they play a good amount of Tests, they will surely improve." -- Hey, broadcasters these days want TRPs, not improvements. What else explains Bangladesh's scheduled Tests in Australia being cancelled? Sad reality of our times.

Muhammad Ali: "Am I the only one who still believe that W Indies can still win this game. As there is two power hitter at the crease." -- Power hitter, who? I'm ready to sign my 500cc motorbike in your name if this happens, Muhammad :)

4.15pm We're still hoping for play. Pity about the weather but what a cracking Test this has been. Now for it to run its course and have a sitting last hour. My colleague Srinath Sripath, who is supposed to be on leave, has tuned in too, wondering if those two hours could come back to haunt the visitors. Hey, Srinath? How about trying to catch some sleep? I'll wake you up when Sri Lanka win this.

Fahad Nasim: "That two-hour protest could cost Sri Lanka this game."

Sewnarine: "I have been closely watching this game. Swung wildly from one side to the other. Sri Lanka, West Indies, then late fightback to set a competitive target. Early wickets, dogged fight, rain. Phew. So many emotions. Shall I hang in?" --- You should.

Girdhari Ramlal: "I bet Sri Lanka wish they had those two hours now." -- Of that there couldn't be much doubt.

4pm "Thankfully, the sun is shining now and hopefully the covers should go off," tweets commentator Roshan Abeysinghe. Every minute lost will make the Sri Lankan players that much more edgy.

Alright, I'm off for a bit. Over to Shashank for the rain watch/resumption.

3.32pm And the groundstaff run out with the covers. As expected, the rain has arrived. This is later than when it did on the past couple of days, but today's forecast was the worst of all. Let's see how long this lasts. But this can only be good news for West Indies. And the outfield here takes quite a beating. Even mild rains take a while to recover from. Time is short. Every minute lost will hurt Sri Lanka.

Aman Agarwal: "Honestly, this match stands as evidence to the fact that Test cricket needs saving. 1. Thus far, it has shown the existing ambiguity in cricket laws which are still lacking in providing stick to the offender(s). 2. Despite the controversy surrounding this match and after such a closely fought encounter, the stands are still resigned to low attendance. 3. Despite being a 5 day affair, it is often frustrating to see competitive matches end in a draw, thanks to the weather and circumstances."

57.6
1
Dananjaya to Holder, 1 run

full on the pads, flicked away

Groundstaff getting around again

57.5
Dananjaya to Holder, no run

tries to defend and the ball lobs off the pad past short leg moving to his left

57.4
Dananjaya to Holder, no run

shuffles across and blocks with a straight bat to mid-on

57.3
4
Dananjaya to Holder, FOUR runs

flighted on middle and off, Holder puts his long limbs to use and uses his reach to cart it over mid-on

57.2
1
Dananjaya to Brathwaite, 1 run

full and flighted outside off, drops towards mid-off and takes off

Best performances - batsmen
Dinesh Chandimal portrait
LD Chandimal
119 runs (186)
10 fours
1 six
Control81%
Productive shot
flick
31 runs
1 four
0 sixes
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Kusal Mendis portrait
BKG Mendis
87 runs (117)
8 fours
2 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
flick
29 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Shannon Gabriel
ST Gabriel
O
20.4
M
6
R
62
W
8
ECO
3
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W3W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
1W
Shannon Gabriel
ST Gabriel
O
16
M
4
R
59
W
5
ECO
3.69
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
Match details
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of West Indies
Season2018
Player Of The Match
Shannon Gabriel
Shannon Gabriel
Series resultWest Indies led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTEST No. 2308
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days14,15,16,17,18 June 2018 - day match (5-day match)
Test debut
Kasun Rajitha
Kasun Rajitha
Mahela Udawatte
Mahela Udawatte
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
England Image
Ian Gould
TV Umpire
England Image
Richard Kettleborough
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Leslie Reifer
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath