West Indies Sri Lanka St Lucia Ian Gould Aleem Dar Dinesh Chandimal Shannon Gabriel
Aleem Dar and Ian Gould check the light; Dinesh Chandimal does not look happy © AFP

The second Test of the series between West Indies and Sri Lanka, at Darren Sammy International Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia, ended in a draw. Chasing 296 with almost the entire day in hand, West Indies gave up on the chase after debutant Kasun Rajitha took 2 wickets with his first 10 balls. They lost their fifth wicket just after tea, with only Kraigg Brathwaite holding the fort. At that stage it seemed Sri Lanka might prevail, but the skies opened. Play eventually resumed with Sri Lanka needing 5 wickets in 23 overs, but the light faded after 2.3 of these, and the Test ended in a draw.

Earlier, Shannon Gabriel disposed off the last two Sri Lankan wickets quickly. Bowling from the corner of the crease, he hit Suranga Lakmal with a straight delivery on the pad; Lakmal reviewed, but to no avail. Soon afterwards, he bowled short to Akila Dananjaya, who ducked, but the ball kept low and deflected off Dananjaya to hit stumps. Sri Lanka added 8 to their overnight score.

Gabriel finished with 8 for 62 to go with his first-innings 5 for 59. His 13 for 121 are the third-best figures in West Indies history. The Dananjaya wicket was also his 100th in Test cricket.

Rajitha was impressive in the first innings. In the second, he had Devon Smith caught at slip with his eighth ball. Two balls later Kieran Powell flicked straight to square-leg.

Brathwaite and Shai Hope, heroes of the Headingley Test last year, shut the shutters. In the 13th over, Lahiru Kumara let one rip off the pitch and hit Hope on the ribs, forcing him to retire hurt.

Then Lakmal bowled a beautiful delivery through the defence of Roston Chase just before lunch. Shane Dowrich edged one off Dananjaya after the break, and suddenly West Indies found themselves having to save the Test.

Hope returned (no pun intended) to grind it out with Brathwaite. They batted till past tea before Lakmal bowled Hope off his elbow. Brathwaite brought up his fifty, and Jason Holder looked confident when rain intervened. There was still chance when play resumed with 23 overs to go. Lakmal hit Holder on the box with the 15th ball, and as Holder writhed in pain, the light faded, and it later rained again.

Ironically, Sri Lanka had taken field two hours late on Day Four. That came back to haunt them in the end.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 253 (Dinesh Chandimal 119*; Kemar Roach 4 for 49, Shannon Gabriel 5 for 59) and 342 (Kusal Mendis 87, Niroshan Dickwella 62; Shannon Gabriel 8 for 62) drew with West Indies 300 (Devon Smith 61, Shane Dowrich 55; Kasun Rajitha 3 for 49, Lahiru Kumara 4 for 86) and 147 for 5 (Kraigg Brathwaite 59*).

Player of the Match: Shannon Gabriel.