The West Indies could not beat the odds as they were skittled out for 171 in pursuit of 244 runs and a series leveling win versus Sri Lanka. The result means that the 2-Test Series has ended two-nil in favour of the hosts. The West Indies have yet to win a test in Sri Lanka after eleven(11) attempts. Only Sri Lanka themselves have a worse record in another test playing country, having failed to win in India despite playing seventeen (17) tests there.
Darren Bravo scored a fighting 61 adding to his growing reputation as a 4th innings batsman as he now has nine (9) fifty plus scores in that innings at an average over 50. With no support at the other end though, his contribution was insufficient to carry the caribbean team to victory.Bravo may console himself with the knowledge that his hero and mentor, Brian Lara, was no more successful in earning a victory for the West Indies in Sri Lanka, than he was today. Despite Lara scoring three centuries in a three test series in Sri Lanka in 2001, Sri Lanka handsomely swept the series 3-0 then as well .Today's game, along with the series, was wrapped up before tea despite the loss of four sessions due to heavy rains.
Rangana Herath took 4 wickets in the innings taking his total to 15 for the series at an average of 16.13, claiming the man of the series award as a result.
The two teams now turn their attention to the one-day series which begins on November 1st. The West Indies team will be bolstered by the return of Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul and Andre Russell but are still without the controversially omitted Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard.
There has also been no word on the status of suspended coach, Phil Simmons.