When Suranga Lakmal grabbed the wicket of Hope after lunch, expectations would have been to break through the remainder of the West Indies batting line up. But thanks to the efforts of Brathwaite, Hope, and bad weather, the hard-fought match concluded in a draw. West Indies ended up with 5 wickets in hand while the bad weather took away almost 33 overs.
The Brathwaite – Hope stand
Day 5 saw 60.3 overs being bowled by Sri Lanka. Brathwaite and Hope soaked up 35.5 of these overs. Kraigg Brathwaite was more composed of the two, showing more control and defense. Hope on the other hand, found things a bit more tricky. Hits and misses, few miscued shots. But Hope held his ground. The partnership showed resistance for most of the day’s play until Hope fell victim to Lakmal, who bowled him out for 39 runs (115 balls).
The Lakmal – Rajitha attack, Gabriel’s record haul
West Indies’s 2nd innings closed with 147/5. This was largely thanks to Lakmal and Rajitha, who shared 4 of these wickets. Rajitha managed to claim the wickets of Powell and Smith early in the day, in the same over. Later on, it was Lakmal that broke through to the middle order, with help from Dananjaya, who grabbed Dowrich for 8 runs.
But the most significant bowling performance in the match came from the West Indies, in the form of Shannon Gabriel. His bowling figures read 13 for 121 as he claimed 8 of Lankan batsmen during their second innings. Thanks to this, Gabriel now has the 3rd best bowling performance by a West Indies bowler. The better two being, Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh.
Bad weather, drama, and the lost overs
Bad weather has been a problem throughout this test match. Only 42.3 overs were bowled during the second day, with rain taking away the afternoon and evening sessions. On the final day, the match lost 32.3 overs thanks in large part to rain and bad lighting.
Of course, then there was the ball tampering drama on day 3. This took away 2 hours of play from the match, which Sri Lanka might very well come to regret now.
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