Embuldeniya and Dhananjaya star on day two as practice match ends in a draw

Sri Lanka tour of West Indies 2021  

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The two day practice match held between Sri Lanka and West Indies President’s XI ended in a draw yesterday (18th March) at Coolidge Cricket Grounds in Antigua.   

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The hosts resumed their innings on day two at 103 for 1 but lost the overnight batsmen Shai Hope and Darren Bravo very early in the day ending the 102-run partnership built between them. Kyle Mayers and Shamarh Brooks put on a 76-run partnership for the 4th wicket putting the hosts in a strong position.

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But Windies couldn’t sustain the momentum with the bat as they lost the remaining 6 wickets for just 107 runs. The Sri Lankan spinners were very impressive with the ball as their premier spinner Lasith Embuldeniya and off spinner Dhananjaya de Silva picked up 3 wickets each.

The visitors began their second innings 122 runs behind and displayed a better batting display this time around posting 56 runs for no wicket at the end of the second day’s play.

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Brief Scores

Sri Lanka 172 (49.3) Oshada Fernando 47, Dinesh Chandimal 40, Pathum Nissanka 23, Roston Chase 4/12, Anderson Phillip 3/47 & 56/0 (13) Dimuth Karunaratne 27*, Lahiru Thirimanne 23*

West Indies President’s XI 294 (81.2) Shai Hope 68, Kyle Mayers 57, Roston Chase 52, Darren Bravo 30,  Dhananjaya de Silva 3/26, Lasith Embuldeniya 3/69, Suranga Lakmal 2/14

Result – Match Drawn

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