Kraigg Brathwaite’s confrontation and bad weather ensured a draw on the final day of the second Test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia.
As fotune favours the brave, Brathwaite suffered a few body blows but held firm before rain gods came to West Indies’ rescue in the final session on the fifth day.
West Indies had won the first Test to take a 1-0 lead with the third and final match of the series to be played in Bridgetown, Barbados from Saturday.
Shannon Gabriel took the last two wickets of the Sri Lankan second innings within minutes of the start of play to finish with the outstanding innings analysis of eight for 62 and match figures of 13 for 121, the third-best by a West Indian in Tests and the best-ever by a Caribbean bowler in home conditions.
For Sri Lanka Kasun Rajitha, the debutant fast-medium bowler who claimed three wickets in the first innings, rocked the West Indies with the wickets of Devon Smith and Kieran Powell within the space of three deliveries at the start of the final innings of the match.
Suranga Lakmal accounted for Roston Chase and Hope but time ran out on the striving Sri Lankans and they were left frustrated by the weather.
The home side spent most of the fifth day in survival mode after being set 296 to win in three sessions. Shai Hope, Kraigg Brathwaite and captain Jason Holder all suffered painful body blows from deliveries, and they were relieved when a second bout of rain after tea finally ended the match, with the team blocking for 147-5.
Sri Lanka were in full-on attack, initially questioned whether the bad light was bad enough but accepted the umpires’ call.
Sri Lanka – 253 (Chandimal 119*, Mendis 45, Gabriel 5/59, Roach 4/49) and 342 (Mendis 87, Dickwella 62, Gabriel 8/62)
West Indies 300 (Smith 61, Kumara 4/86) and 147 for 5 (Brathwaite 59*, Hope 39, Rajitha 2/23, Lakmal 2/48)