Bad light caused play to end prematurely, forcing a draw in the 3rd and final “Test” between West Indies A and Sri Lanka A at the Tyronne Fernando Stadium in Moratuwa.
It was Sri Lanka A that had the edge, chasing 218 runs for victory with less than 40 overs left in the day’s play to get under 60 runs. However, the umpires decided the light wasn’t good enough for play to continue.
West Indies A started the fourth and final day on 183/3 with Jonathan Carter unbeaten on 69. He would only add nine runs to his overnight score before falling to Tharindu Kaushal for 78. Kaushal would go on to take 5-78. Instead, it was Andre Fletcher, who started the day on 44 that would carry on to go past his half-century. He got to a patient 66 from 154 balls, hitting six boundaries.
However, once Chaturanga de Silva accounted for Fletcher, the West Indies A folded easily. The last seven wickets fell for just 51 runs. Silva himself finished with 4-57. Sri Lanka A needed 218 runs to win the series 2-0. Shannon Gabriel gave the visitors the ideal start, removing both Sri Lankan openers in his first three overs.
However, an unbeaten 57 from Lahiru Thirimanne steadied the hosts in their chase. Ashan Priyanjan was also solid in his knock, hitting 36 from from 47 balls. His knock included six boundaries. He would eventually be one of two of Davendra Bishoo’s victims. Kithuruwan Vithanage was at the crease on 20 not out when bad light ended play prematurely.
A draw means Sri Lanka A won the series 1-0 after winning the 1st “Test”.
West Indies A 1st Innings: 282/6 (74.5 Overs). Assad Fudadin 103, Kraigg Brathwaite 75, Chadwick Walton+ 27, Carlos Brathwaite* 25; Tharindu Kaushal 32-4-125-5, Nuwan Pradeep 14.5-2-40-4, Kasun Madushanka 10-0-41-1, Chaturanga de Silva 16-1-50-0.
Sri Lanka A 1st Innings: 248/6 (72 Overs). Upul Tharanga* 77, Dinesh Chandimal 44, Kusal Perera 38, Chaturanga de Silva 36; Carlos Brathwaite 11-4-28-3, Davendra Bishoo 27-2-102-3, Jonathan Carter 11-2-24-1, Jermaine Blackwood 10-4-34-1.
West Indies A 2nd Innings: 234 All Out (83.2 Overs). Jonathan Carter 78, Andre Fletcher 66, Assad Fudadin 39, Kraigg Brathwaite 32; Tharindu Kaushal 29.2-4-78-5, , Chaturanga de Silva 25-3-57-4, Ashan Priyanjan 16-2-41-1, Nuwan Pradeep 0.3-0-1-0.
Sri Lanka A 2nd Innings: 166/5 (44.1 Overs). Lahiru Thirimanne 57*, Ashan Priyanjan 36, Kithuruwan Vithanage 20*, Niroshan Dickwella+ 11; Shannon Gabriel 9.1-0-36-2, Davendra Bishoo 14-0-71-2, Jermaine Blackwood 5-1-7-0, Carlos Brathwaite 6-1-16-0.