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.
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.
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.
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