The 3rd and final test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka ended the way the others did, in a draw. In a series marred by rain, it was certain by day 2 that this one was going to end in the same way. In fact this third match ended without the West Indies finishing their first inning, at 303-8.
With Gayle trapped LBW on the first ball from Lakmal for a duck, Sri Lanka was flying high. But the weather and the surprising middle-order proved tough for Sri Lanka.
Rain rain go away, come back another day…
With the rain preventing a possible win for West Indies on the first test where Gayle scored 333 runs and marring a second inning badly with the West Indies struggling a bit in the second inning, many hoped to see a match without rain. But, alas, it was not to be. So for the third test match, we had:
- Dec 1 – West Indies 134-2 (rain)
- Dec 2 – West Indies 244-5 (rain)
- Dec 3 – West Indies 244-5 (rain – not a ball bowled)
- Dec 4 – West Indies 303-8 (rain)
- Dec 5 – West Indies 303-8 (rain – not a ball bowled)
First [and only] Inning
West Indies – 303-8
Darren Bravo – 68
Brendan Nash – 67
Devon Smith – 55
Shiv Chanderpaul -54
H. Herath – 4 wickets for 54 runs
Thoughts on the series
West Indies looked much better than in recent history though the point can be made that they faced a mediocre Sri Lankan bowling attack in parts of that series.
Chris Gayle – only reason we don’t say great is he is sometimes distracted / impatient / inconsistent. One of 50 best batsmen of all time, however.
Darren Bravo – Scored half century in every at-bat in the series, including a top score of 80. He is turning into an amazing player.
Brendan Nash – Played almost as well as Darren Bravo in the series. They better play him in the ODIs coming up.
Dwayne Bravo – Who is he? As well as his younger brother played is a as poorly as he has played. Don’t know what’s going on with him. I’m sure he will be included in the limited overs series, but if he doesn’t perform there, we probably should look at resting him a few games next series.
Darren Sammy – Bowled fairly well but batted poorly for an almost-all-rounder. However, his captaincy should be commended because one of the better WI selection in recent history responded well overall.
Overall Score: B- vs D+ in the last 3 or so series. Vast improvements. If we continue to improve like this, we should not be the laughing stock of test cricket a year from now.
Good job men.