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Bonner, Mayers rescue West Indies

West Indies have survived the final day to draw the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound.

Nkrumah Bonner raises his bat on reaching ton. Photo: AFP

 

In space of over a month, Nkrumah Bonner and Kyle Mayers have dug West Indies out of the hole again. It was chasing the highest total in Asia back then. Now, they have saved a Test match.

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Bonner made his first Test hundred in his third match – unbeaten 113 runs off 274 deliveries. The right-hander was solid in defence in pursuit to survive the day. His innings included a six and 13 fours.

Mayers made 113-ball 52 in a 105-run stand with Bonner that left Sri Lanka wicketless in the second session.

West Indies batted 100 overs to put on 236/4, losing just three wickets on day five.

Sri Lanka’s second innings total 476 set West Indies a target of 375 runs after conceding 102-run first innings lead. Pathum Nissanka made the headlines scoring a maiden century (103), although Niroshan Dickwella (96) and Oshada Fernando (91) missed out on making three-figure mark.

Sri Lanka posted a mere 169 on day one, losing the toss.

The second Test will commence on March 29. The match will be played on the same ground behind closed doors.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 169 (Thirimanne 70; Holder 5/27)

West Indies 271 (Cornwall 61; Lakmal 5/47)

Sri Lanka 476 (Nissanka 103, Dickwella 96; Roach 3/74)

West Indies 236/4 in 100 overs (Bonner 113*, Mayers 52; Embuldeniya 2/62)

Match drawn

Player of the Match: Nkrumah Bonner

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