Sri Lanka won second Test and series

Sri Lanka won second Test and series

Brathwaite, who scored 126 in the first innings, contributed 85 on Thursday as the West Indies declared on 280-4 in their second innings.

Jason Holder also smashed a rapid 71 not out off 88 balls, while Kyle Mayers chipped in with 55 off 76 balls as the home side pressed on the accelerator as the day wore on.

Sri Lanka reached stumps at 29-0 as their openers, Lahiru Thirimanne (17no) and Dimuth Karunaratne (11no), safely negotiated the final 40 minutes of play without loss.

Sri Lanka earlier resumed their first innings on 250-8 but lasted only a further 23 balls before being bowled out with the addition of only eight runs - although it was long enough for Pathum Nissanka (51) to bring up his half-century.

In reply, captain Brathwaite anchored the West Indies second innings, their cause helped by a thigh injury to spinner Lasith Embuldeniya while fielding. He was taken to hospital and did not bowl.

Suranga Lakmal (2-62) and Dushmantha Chameera (2-74) chipped in with a pair of wickets each, but the Windies were able to force home their advantage courtesy of Mayers and Holder's aggressive knocks.

Once the declaration came, the hosts were unable to make any breakthroughs in the opening nine overs of the Sri Lankan second innings.

The first Test was drawn, leaving the West Indies needing 10 wickets on the final day in Antigua to clinch the series, or for Sri Lanka to pull off the ninth highest successful chase in Test history.

Other 

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Wednesday that Archer will begin a two-week rehabilitation.

The consultant will review him before returning to training, said the ECB, which described Monday’s surgery as successful.

Archer, who turns 26 on Thursday, accidentally cut his hand while cleaning his fish tank shortly before England left for India to prepare for their Test series.

The ECBs medical team managed the injury throughout the tour, and it did not impact on his availability, it said.

However, Archer has been limited by an elbow injury that will cause him to miss the early part of the Indian Premier League, which begins April 9.

“Further update on his elbow injury will be provided once he has returned to bowling to assess the effectiveness of his recent injection,” the ECB said.

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