Draw hands Sri Lanka A series triumph
MORATUWA, Sri Lanka (CMC): West Indies A lost their three-match unofficial 'Test' series against Sri Lanka A 1-0 after their third and final four- day match petered out into a draw on the fourth day yesterday.
SCORES: West Indies A (282) & 234 vs Sri Lanka A (299) & 166 for five.
Bad light stopped play as the Sri Lankans were chasing a 218-run target set by West Indies in a match in which the pendulum swung back and forth at the Tyronne Fernando Stadium.
A fourth-wicket century stand between Jonathan Carter and Andre Fletcher consolidated the innings after the visitors were in a spot of bother on 97 for three.
Carter added nine runs to his overnight score of 69 before he was stumped; bringing to an end a partnership that produced 120 runs. Fletcher built on his overnight score of 36, smashing six fours in a knock of 66 before losing his stumps to Chaturanga de Silva, who grabbed four for 57.
Fletcher's demise signalled a familiar batting collapse, undermined once again by the spin off emerging Sri Lankan bowling sensation, Tharindu Kaushal, who grabbed five for 78 to finish the match with 10 wickets.
The 21-one-year-old Kaushal picked up wickets at the top and middle orders as the last six West Indies batsmen tumbled for the addition of only 17 runs.
An unbeaten half-century from Lahiru Thirimanne pulled the home side out of a slump on the chase after West Indies slipped, recovered and then suffered another spectacular batting collapse to be all out for 234 in their second innings.