West Indies lose


October 27, 2015
@Normal:West Indies' batsman Shai Hope

West Indies extended their wretched record in Sri Lanka of never having won a Test when they crashed to a 72-run defeat in the second and final Test yesterday at the P Sara Oval.

Chasing 244 for victory on the final day, the Windies were undermined by their now chronic feeble batting and were bundled out for a hugely disappointing 171, half-hour before tea, to concede the series 2-0.

Resuming from 20 for one following a fourth-day washout, West Indies coasted to 80 without further loss but flattered to deceive, losing their last nine wickets for 91 runs in quick time.

Left-hander Darren Bravo top-scored with a fluent 61 while opener Shai Hope got 35, the pair adding 60 for the second wicket in a partnership that boosted the visitors hopes at the start of the day.

However, they were the only two of the specialist batsmen to make it past 10, as left-arm spinner Rangana Herath ripped through the innings to pick up four for 56, supported by part-time off-spinner Milinda Siriwardana who claimed three for 25.

Debutant Jomel Warrican, batting at number 11, ended on 20 not out, as the only other player to reach the 20s.

The result means West Indies have now gone without a Test win in Sri Lanka since the first match between the two teams here 25 years ago, and have now not beaten the Asians in a series since the tour of the Caribbean 12 years ago.

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