Windies, Sri Lanka Test ends in tame draw

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The West Indies and Sri Lanka settled for a tame draw in the second Test with both falling way short of their respective targets on the final day.

Sri Lanka were 2-193 on Friday when the two captains agreed to end the game one hour before the scheduled close, with the hosts 184 runs short of their target and the home side still needing eight more wickets for victory.

The Windies were better placed to win and secure series success, going into the final day. They needed to bowl Sri Lanka out while the tourists were chasing an imposing target of 377.

But rain dampened both sides prospects as it delayed the start of play and then the dull surface offered little for both batsmen and bowlers, rendering the contest effectively over long before the finish.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne showed a return to form as he hit a cautious 75 while Oshada Fernando was 66 not out as Sri Lanka safely negotiated any bowling threat the West Indies might have posed.

Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne resumed on 0-29 and went on to put 101 for the first wicket before both were dismissed after lunch.

Fernando and Dinesh Chandimal (10 not out) were unbeaten at the end with Alzarri Joseph and part-timer Kyle Mayers the two wicket takers.

The West Indies attack was blunted when Shannon Gabriel went off after just six overs with a suspected side strain.

The home team made 354 in their first innings to which Sri Lanka replied with 258. The Windies then declared their second innings on 4-280 late on the fourth day.

The first Test, played at the same venue, had also petered out into a predictable draw late on the final day.