Sri Lanka completed a comprehensive 187-run victory over the West Indies at Galle on Thursday despite defiant half-centuries from Nkrumah Bonner and Joshua da Silva.
Chasing a target of 348, the West Indies were bowled out for 160 after lunch, mere minutes before the rains came.
Bonner remained unbeaten on 68 that was made over the course of 220 balls while da Silva made a solid 54.
The pair came together on Wednesday evening with the West Indies tottering on 18-6 and resumed from their overnight total of 52-6, hoping to bat through the final day and perhaps some match-saving rainfall.
Riding their luck, the pair put on exactly 100 runs in 286 balls for the seventh wicket when Lasith Embuldeniya got one to spin across the Trinidadian, who was caught at slip.
The West Indies went to lunch at 125-7 with Bonner on 42 and Rahkeem Cornwall, who replaced da Silva, on five. On the resumption, the pair took the score to 149, a partnership of 31, when Cornwall inexplicably tried to go down the ground to a Praveen Jayawickrama delivery that was in the slot but only managed to hole out to long-off.
Bonner and Gabriel added 11 more runs before the latter lost his wicket to Embuldeniya without scoring, sealing the victory for the hosts.
Embuldeniya finished with figures of 5-46 while Ramesh Mendis, who did the damage on Wednesday, returned 4-64.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite praised Bonner and da Silva for their efforts but lamented that the remainder of the batsmen let the team down.
“I thought Joshua and Bonner, the way they fought from yesterday evening, was tremendous,” he said while indicating that there were some positives to take away from the match.
“I always believe first innings total is important, and then build pressure. (The) Sri Lanka skipper played well. It was important for us to get close to their score.
“I thought Joshua and Bonner, the way they fought from yesterday evening, was tremendous. I always believe first innings total is important, and then build pressure. Sri Lanka skipper played well. Gabriel getting two wickets, Roston getting five, we were decent, they batted well but our batting let us down.” (www.sportsmax.tv)