The Inaugural test match between West Indies and Sri Lanka ended in a draw after a massive comebacks from both sides. Read Also – 'It would be a dream come true': Kevin Pietersen hopes for the reunion of India and Pakistan Cricket.
The first test match eventually ended up in a draw after a series of eventful sessions over the past three days especially. The test match per se was enhanced by two gritty knocks by younger, one debuting while other playing just his third. Debutant Pathum Nissaka, in the second innings made brilliant 103 from 252 balls while West Indies one-down batsman Nrukman Bonner played unbeaten 113 off 274 thus ensuring a well-fought draw for his team.
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Owing to Thrimmane's brilliant 70, Sri Lanka posted 169 runs on the board in the first innings, while Holder took a fifer. West Indies, followed a few collapses yet manage to get past the par score. Sri Lanka seemed to decimate the lower order but Cornwall's entertaining fifty and Joshua's excellent 46 helped the hosts to gain a solid lead of 102 in the first innings.
Trailing by 102, Sri Lanka lost its skipper for just 3 but Lahiru Thirmamne had other plans and completed his second consecutive fifty in the match. Oshada Fernando teamed up with him to add 162 runs to the total effectively making it 60 for 1. Kyle Mayers, however broke the partnership and Sri Lanka also lost Chandimal for 4 and Thirmanne for 76.
After getting compressed to 189 for 4, Dhananjay made a quick fifty off 79 before Alzarri Joseph bowled him on the same score. Debutant Pathum Nissaka and Dickwella's magnificent knocks ensured that Sri Lanka was not losing at that point.Dickwella completed his 17th Test Fifty while Nissaka managed to get a maiden Century on debut. Niroshan Dickwell, on 96, was a hit away from his maiden ton but Roach denied it.
Former Sri Lankan legend praised the debutant for his fantastic knock.
Averaging 67 in domestic cricket for the last 3 years young man finally gets an opportunity… well done Pathum ???? https://t.co/UioU244L04
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) March 25, 2021
With all three possibilities in context, West Indies went on chasing 375 and lost their left handed opener John Campbell for just 11 runs as they went 34 for 1 at the stumps on Day 4. Skipper Kraig Brathwaithe absorbed almost 21 overs but got removed by embuldeniya in the 40th over of the innings.
The talented left handed batsman Kyle Mayers joined bonners and completed his half century and got out for 53. Bonner on the other hand perpetuated his innings and achieved his resolute maiden century with a boundary. Bonner remained unbeaten for 113 off 274 deliveries, almost absorbing 46 overs of the innings and denied Sri Lanka from winning it.
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) March 25, 2021
Nkrumah Bonner was awarded Man Of The Match for his valiant knock. The Second and conclusive test match will begin from Monday, March 29, at the same venue, Antigua.