Paranavitana, Jayawardene help Sri Lanka draw Test

Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja and Dr. Dinusha Panditaratne

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