Paranavitana, Jayawardene help Sri Lanka draw Test

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (L) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe gesture as Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake (unseen) presents a supplementary budget to parliament, marking the first economic policy statement of the new government which came to power earlier in the month in Colombo on January 29, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government announced hefty taxes on top companies in a bid to raise revenue, accusing the previous regime of fudging the figures and leaving the economy in a "sad state". AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

GALLE, November 19, 2010 (AFP) – Tharanga Paranavitana hit an impressive 95 and Mahela Jayawardene a solid 58 to help Sri Lanka draw the opening Test against the West Indies on Friday. Sri Lanka, following on 202 runs behind, reached 241-4 in their second innings when play was called off due to rain after tea on the fifth and final day. Thilan Samaraweera was unbeaten on 19 and Angelo Mathews on five not out.

The West Indies now go into the second Test of the three-match at Colombo next week in a confident frame of mind, having dominated the opening match against favourites Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium.

“We are quite confident going into the next Test after dominating this match. The result will give the guys a lot of confidence. I am quite happy with the performance of the team,” said West Indies captain Darren Sammy.

“We will take a lot of positives from this Test. As a batting unit, we met our target. Overall, it was a job well done. Our bowlers created chances on this pitch and put pressure on them. But we have to keep improving.

“This match has shown we can compete and we can put ourselves in a position to win games.”

Paranavitana, dropped