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That brings us to the end of the second Test! A tame draw eventually but there was a lot of spark in this game. If Sri Lanka didn't waste a couple of hours on Day 3, things could have been different. Well, that is how the game is. Small decisions can change the course completely. Join us for the third and final Test which will begin from 23rd June in Bridgetown at 1400 Local (1800 GMT). Till then, cheers!

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Windies skipper, Jason Holder says that he is happy with the cricket they have played. Probably not their best cricket. Adds that it tough day in the field for them yesterday as Sri Lanka batted really nicely and kept them at bay. Rues the no balls and says that the extra didn't help. Recognizes that they have some work to do and concludes by saying that it has caught their attention and it hasn't gone unnoticed. In the end, says that they will work hard and come back stronger in the next game.

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Darren Ganga interviews Shannon Gabriel, who has been awarded the Man of the Match for this game. He says it is a great feeling to take 100 Test wickets. He thanks his family and friends and wants to carry on with the good work. He says that he has been working on his fitness even before the start of the series and getting himself fitter by the day. He states that he feels good as long as he is getting wickets. Praises his bowling partners, Kemar Roach, who he felt was unlucky in this match and Miguel Cummins, for supporting him. He concludes by saying that he is happy as long as they are not losing.

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Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal starts by saying that he is happy, especially with the cricket they played throughout the Test Match. Continues by saying that there was a chance of winning the Test but it is a part and parcel of the game. Credits the Windies for their efforts and adds that under these conditions, it is really difficult to bat. Further mentions that he is happy with the runs he scored but feels they need to get better as a team. Explains the reason for omitting Rangana Herath by saying that he is a veteran but it was a tactical decision to go with Akila Dananjaya, who bowled well but the pitch didn't offer much help. Credits Shannon Gabriel for his performance and says that he bowled really well and considers him a really good bowler.

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Chasing a target on 296, the home side were jolted early on the final day, courtesy Rajitha's 2 wickets in a space of 3 deliveries. Lakmal looked threatening as well. However, Kraigg Brathwaite and company kept the Lankan bowlers at bay for two and a half sessions. A lot of deliveries went past the outside edge but they didn't budge and managed to draw the second Test.

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Sri Lanka's second essay with the bat didn't start on a bright note. They lost 4 wickets when they had a mere 1-run lead but the pair of Chandimal and Mendis once again came to the fore with a 117-run stand. Dickwella also played a breezy knock down the order. The target could have been much more had it not been for the special effort of Shannon Gabriel who took a 8-wicket haul, taking his tally for the game to 13.

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Amidst all this, there was a lot of drama. The Sri Lankan team refused to take the field in the initial stages of Day 3 when they were charged with ball tampering. Tempers flew for around 2 hours, phone calls were made, several heated arguments happened, and finally, they took the field. Dinesh Chandimal was charged for the same but he made sure that he turned the energy of all the drama into his favour. His teammates didn't disappoint and put in a spirited performance.

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In reply, the Windies started fairly well but no one went on to score a big one. Half centuries from Devon Smith and Shane Dowrich did ensure that the hosts took a small lead of 47 runs. There were rain interruptions which affected the flow of the game. For the tourists, Lahiru Kumara showed a lot of promise as he took a 4-fer while he was well-supported by Suranga Lakmal and Kasun Rajitha who chipped in with crucial wickets as well.

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Earlier, Dinesh Chandmal won the toss and decided to bat on a green top. Most of their batsmen struggled and couldn't survive for too long but he scored a brilliant unbeaten century and made sure his team reached a respectable total. Shannon Gabriel's 5-fer and Kemar Roach's 4-fer meant that the Windies were never out of the contest. Both utilized the helpful conditions really well and troubled the visiting batsmen regularly.

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This brings us to the end of a Test match of if's and but's. West Indies have managed to salvage a draw on a difficult pitch. Kraigg Brathwaite, the star today, held the fort for the home team and made sure there was no collapse. Suranga Lakmal was the protagonist of this bowling effort for the Sri Lankans, along with Kasun Rajitha. They put on a fight and looked lethal with the ball in hand. In the end, the weather, bad light and circumstantial delays made sure that we didn't have the full quota of overs on the final day as well.

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Update 1745 Local - We have got an official confirmation that the match has been called off. A rather sad end to a lively Test match. There are customary handshakes all around. Good to see the players smiling.

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The visiting players are slowly trudging off the field and there is disappointment written all over their faces. We have to wait and see whether the light improves or not.

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Update 1706 Local - The physio comes out and tries to help Jason Holder out. Meanwhile, Chandimal is having a discussion with the umpires. Ian Gould again takes a reading and this time he decides that the light is not good enough. We have another halt in play. The Sri Lankan skipper is not happy with it.

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Suranga Lakmal to Jason Holder

Ouch! That will shake him up! On a good length, on off and jags back in sharply from there and hits Holder in a sensitive area between his legs. Although it might seem funny, he is in a lot of pain as he is lying on the ground. He tried to get his bat in line but Lakmal has troubled the batsmen throughout in this innings with these incoming deliveries and it is almost the same delivery.

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The two umpires get together and take a reading. The light seems to be alright for the moment. Look at the field, folks! There are a lot of close-in fielders. Sri Lanka are on the attack.

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Suranga Lakmal to Kraigg Brathwaite

Touch too straight and strays onto the pads. Kraigg tucks it behind and changes strike.

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The fourth umpire brings in the light meter. He hands it over to the umpire.

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Suranga Lakmal to Kraigg Brathwaite

Back of a length around off and jumps just a tad. Brathwaite rides it and keeps it down.

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Lahiru Kumara to Jason Holder

Targets the stumps this time with a full ball. The batsman gets behind the line and pushes it to mid on for nothing. Just 21 overs left for the day.

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Lahiru Kumara to Jason Holder

Well outside off, left alone.

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