Bonner century helps West Indies draw with Sri Lanka

Nkrumah Bonner scores an unbeaten maiden Test century as the West Indies bats out the final day to draw the first Test in Antigua.

Members of West Indies squad stand in a huddle during the last day of the a Test between England and West Indies at Old Trafford, in July, 2020.   -  AP (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

Nkrumah Bonner scored an unbeaten maiden Test century as the West Indies reached 236 for 4 on the final day to draw the first Test against Sri Lanka in Antigua on Thursday. Set an imposing 375 to win, West Indies was 139 runs short when the captains agreed to end the match in the final session.


Bonner, who made his Test debut aged 32 last month, brought up his century off 243 balls, overcoming a long wait while on 99 to achieve the milestone, and finished unbeaten on 113. He had resumed on 15 overnight with captain Kraigg Brathwaite and the West Indies on 34 for 1.

They had pulled off the fifth-highest successful run chase in Test history with their three-wicket win over Bangladesh in Chattogram last month, knocking off 395 runs to secure a famous victory. On the slow pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, however, it was always going to be very difficult and the West Indies’ first task was to avoid being bowled out.


Sri Lanka spinner Lasith Embuldeniya bowled Brathwaite to leave the hosts 91 for 2 at lunch but Bonner and Kyle Mayers put on 90 more runs without loss to tea.

Sri Lanka had a brief window of opportunity at the start of the evening session when Mayers was caught chasing a loose delivery from Embuldeniya and Jermaine Blackwood was bowled by Vishwa Fernando for four.

Bonner and Jason Holder safely held out, however, to ensure the draw.

The second Test is also being played in Antigua and starts on Monday.

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