Deonarine hits century in tame draw
KINGSTOWN, ST VINCENT - Narsingh Deonarine converted his overnight half-century into triple figures as the rain-hit 2nd 'Test' at Arnos Vale finished in a tame draw, as expected.
The weather was no different from Days two and three, as heavy clouds watched from above during the entire's day's play. But for once there was no rain interruption.
The day started badly for West Indies A as Kraigg Brathwaite only managed to add seven runs to his overnight score before being bowled through his defense by Malinda Pushpakumara. He went for 77, effectively ending a 127 run partnership with Narsingh Deonarine. But the latter continued in the rich vain of form he looked to be in yesterday.
As Pushpakumara caused trouble at the other end, taking the wickets of Jonathan Carter (18) and Chadwick Walton (22), Deonarine stood firm. But Walton would see Deonarine to his century before departing. It was his call for a quick single that would take Deonarine to triple figures.
On the stroke of Lunch though, trying to take on Pushpakumara, Deonarine held out to Vimukthi Perera at deep mid-wicket. His innings of 109 had brought the break. West Indies A were 258/7, having scored 103 runs in the session but losing four wickets.
The tail whittled after Lunch, with the last three wickets falling for 34 runs as the West Indies A were bowled out for 294, giving Sri Lanka A a first innings lead of 20.
Both Pushpakumara and Suranga Lakmal finished with four wickets each.
So could the Windies A pacers give the visitors a scare and make a late match out an already drawn contest? It could have been when Dimuth Karunarathne was well caught at third slip by Leon Johnson, leaving Sri Lanka A at 8/1. Sheldon Cotterell had struck the early blow. But joy had quickly turned to tension as Udara Jayasundera and Kithruwan Vithanage pummelled the Windies A pacers. As if they were gearing up for the two T20s to come, both left-handers struck boundaries to every part of the ground. In 11 overs, Sri Lanka A had raced to 75/1. Carter suffered the worst of the onslaught as the 11th over went for 16 runs, which included two sixes from Withanage. Both batsmen would take their team to Tea at 83/1 or 103/1 inclusive of the lead.
On the resumption, Carter would get his man as Vithanage tried cutting a wide delivery, only to get a top-edge to Brathwaite at cover. He scored a quickfire 42. But there wasn't much to gain in the final hour as Jayasundera got to his 50, both teams shook hands and called it a draw at 4PM AST. Sri Lanka A's second innings finished on 140/3. The series was also drawn 0-0.
West Indies A
K. Brathwaite b Pushpakumara 70
A. Fudadin c de Silva b Lakmal 1
K. Edwards b Lakmal 1
L . Johnson c de Silva b V. Perera 12
N. Deonarine c V Perera b Pushpakumara 110
J . Carter lbw Pushpakumara 17
C. Walton lbw Pushpakumara 22
N . Miller c Silva b Lakmal 13
V . Permaul c Silva b Lakmal 12
S. Cotterell not out 11
M. Cummins b Lakmal 0
Extras : 25 ( b8, lb 6, nb 11, )
Total = 294 all out
Fall of Wickets: 1-6, 2-11, 3-44, 4-167, 5-204, 6-252, 7-258, 8-278, 9-294, 10-294
Bowling/ Sri Lanka A : Lakmal 19.2-2-55-4 ; V Perera 17-450-1; Kaushal 18-2-74-0 ;de Silva 4-1-7-0 ; M, Pushpakunara 30-5-94-5 .
SRI LANKA A 2nd Innings
Udara Jayasundera not out 50
Dimuth Karunarathne c Johnson b Cotterell 2
K . Vithanage c Brathwaite b Carter 42
A . Perera c Edwards b Carter 34
A. Priyanjana not out 2
Extras : 10 (nb 7, w3).
Total = 140/3
Fall Of Wickets: 1-8, 2-88, 3-136
Bowling/ West Indies A: Cotterell 4-0-33-1 (3nb), Cummins 8-1-37-0 (1nb), Carter 8-0-44-2 (3nb,3wd), Fudadin 3.2-0-25-0
Series: Draw (0-0)