West Indies dominate Sri Lanka in draw

Galle, Sri Lanka - West Indies dominated Sri Lanka in the drawn opening ERI Test at the Galle International Stadium.

Having been asked to bat a second time Sri Lanka started the final day on 89 without loss and ended at 241 for 4 with opener Tharanga Paranavitana missing a century by five runs.

Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan also registered half centuries to secure the draw after the home side followed on having been dismissed for 378 in their first innings while responding to the West Indies’ 580 for 9 declared.

Kemar Roach picked up two wickets for 55 in the second innings but the Windies bowlers were unable to delve deeper into the Sri Lankan batting and press for the outright win.

Paranavitana faced 219 balls and struck eight fours before Shane Shillingford trapped him caught at slip.

Jayawardene made 58 from 134 with seven fours and a six before he was out caught and bowled by Brendan Nash.

Dilshan struck a brisk 54 from 78 balls with five fours before he was bowled by a blistering Kemar Roach yorker.

Dilshan and Paranavitana put on 110 while Paranavitana and Jayawardene added 87 for the third wicked.

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