Both skippers walk out, awkwardly to share the trophy. It's one of those times you just don't know how happy to feel. But then it's been one of those pleasantly surprising tours - one you expect to get bored with, only for the contest to be so damn equal. That's all we have for you from out here .. this is Vineet Anantharaman signing off on behalf of Sriram AS, Rishi Roy, Varun Dikshit and our scorer Shashikant Singh. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did in bringing it to you. Ta ta!!
Shane Dowrich | MoS: Good performances right through the series, but it would have been good to sign off with a win. Credit to the Sri Lankans, they bowled really well to pull it back. This gives me a lot of confidence going forward and I'll look to take that into the next series which is starting shortly. As I said, their bowlers really took it away from us in the second innings. I have been struggling with an injury to my back, but I have a week for rehabilitation.
Suranga Lakmal | Winning skipper: I am very happy, my first Test match as a captain and it is a good opportunity to lead. Three fast bowlers and a spinner did well and the entire team worked very hard right through the series.
Jason Holder | Losing skipper | MoM: Obviously not the ending we were looking for. Credit to Sri Lanka, they played an outstanding game last night. Their opening bowlers Lakmal and Kumara pushed us back but we just did not have enough runs in the second innings. It put our bowlers too under pressure to come back. But still we should be proud of the way we fought. I think we lost in the second innings with our batting performance, we just didn't put enough runs on the board. Even when we gave them 140-odd we thought we were in the game and our new ball bowlers too picked up early wickets. We missed a few chances in the field, and no-balls are an area we need to improve on. But again, the second innings batting performance let us down. It has been a tough Test match and a tough Test series for me personally, but we have to turn it around quickly between this series and the one against Bangladesh coming up next week. Lots of positives - Shannon Gabriel bowled brilliantly, Shane Dowrich too. Roach needs to be mentioned too. But we needed more people to stand up. A few good top-order partnerships too should put us in good stead.
The first two days were more like cricket in the rain breaks. And that cricket too meant mostly wickets. But the Windies turned it around snatching a huge 50-run lead in the context. But the Lankans made the twist hairpin bend like with the new ball under lights to skittle the batsmen out for 93. And then this partnership, killing any suspense there could be .. umm, we've had enough. Stick around for the 'official' presentations.
Chandika Hathurusingha, Sri Lankan coach: Really great feeling for the boys. Lot of ups and downs in the series, so to come back and level the series is a great feeling. We were under pressure from the start, I felt Jason led them really well and we responded really well. We won the match in the second innings when we took their 7 wickets for just 50 odd runs. Suranga had a talk with the boys before the start of the innings, and that worked. He led from the front, that spell in the second innings proved to be decisive. This is a young team without our senior players. This will give young players a lot of confidence. We will feel really confident after this victory. Kusal Mendis is an outstanding player. We made him bat at three different positions and he responded really well. He is a great player, one for the future.
Dilruwan Perera: Really happy to finish the game like this. We thought if we could bat longer, we could achieve the target. We knew the wicket was a little uneven so it would be hard, and if we could bat positively, we could get the runs. We (Kusal and I) both play for the same club and we know each other. We managed to pile up the runs slowly. And this is the first time I've batted this way, so it was pretty hard for us, and I'm happy we managed to achieve it. I expected the seamers to do the job but when I am given the ball, I look to take wickets. He (Lakmal) has good experience of leadership and has won a domestic event as captain, so congratulations to him.
15:53 local: Injuries, bans, more injuries - Mathews, Gamage, Herath, Chandimal - but Sri Lanka have unleashed that defiant character of theirs. They needed to win to draw the spoils, and the two Pereras did it in style. Kusal, after almost ruling himself out with his suicidal dive into the ad hoardings at the boundary, returned with a counter-attacking blitz. And Dilruwan hung around, played many, missed many more, but hung around. When Mendis fell in the first over, it required the West Indians only one more wicket to get into the tail. Not to be. Have a read, interviews lined up.
One hit away.
Devendra Bishoo, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
10 runs | 4 wickets => 2.5 runs/wicket - The equation. These two have killed the contest.
Jason Holder [13.0-4-34-5] is back into the attack
This is slipping here from the Windies' grip. The equation down to 20 runs needed. => 5 runs/wicket
The equation - Exactly 30 runs. Four wickets. => 7.5 runs/wicket
A short leg is added in too
Miguel Cummins [4.0-1-12-0] is back into the attack
Right. 35 runs | 4 wickets. Who's getting there first? One fly slip, a gully and a leg-gully. Expect short peppers
Kemar Roach [7.0-1-21-1] is back into the attack
Kusal Perera seems to be in a state of discomfort, the physio is out.. stretching and all
Field spread for Kusal Perera. Long-off, deep point, deep mid-wicket and fine leg in place.
Kusal Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Holder to Kusal Mendis, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Mendis is pinned in front. Up goes the finger and up goes Mendis's hand with the 'T' sign. Review taken. Let's go through the process. Holder has his foot behind the line. UltraEdge shows that it has missed the bat by some margin. What's HawkEye saying? Three reds. Marching orders has been passed to Mendis.
Almost set for the start of what could also be the final session of the Test. Kusal Mendis and Dilruwan Perera to face the music again. Bright sunshine. Looks all bright for the hosts. Jason Holder is ready with the pink cherry. Two slips and a gully bracing up to prey on any uncertainty from Mendis.
Thilan Samaraweera, Sri Lanka's batting coach: I think the pitch is a bit challenging because we are playing for four hours under lights and it is a bit two-paced. But we have to credit the bowlers from both sides for the way they have bowled. As a batsman you have to control only what you can and not worry about what happens from the other end. You have to score runs on loose balls and at the end of the day what matters is how many runs you score. The biggest thing is that we can't think about the outcome, because all we need to do is get two partnerships, however difficult it may be. The good thing is that Kusal Perera is fit, he did some throwdowns and is looking good. They outplayed us in the first game, the second game was even and I am a bit disappointed about our middle-order in this game. But we were brilliant in the way we fought back.
Not all is lost for Sri Lanka yet, they need to believe. They have the talented Kusal Mendis and experienced Dilruwan Perera still at the crease. Some sensible batting from the duo should help them get over the line; and also, Kusal Perera, who injuried himself crashing into the ad hoardings, will be available to bat if required which should spur them. Although, the task in front of them is extremely tough, especially with the pitch cracking up every minute. Plenty at stake then. Should be an exciting day. Live action coming up in a bit.
Day 3: Hello. Morning all. Are you ready, are you ready for this? Are you hanging on the edge of your seat? A juicy pitch, a series to win/save, a target that will barely get any less tricky even as it shrinks. Here's the equation: Sri Lanka need 63 runs, Windies need five wickets. Three results are possible, a draw is out of the question. You can take your fight of the Century, this is the sort of bout Test cricket fans want to see. It was bowlers' day out yesterday with as many as 19 wickets snapped up by the pacers. Having reduced the visitors to 81/5, Windies enter Day 3 as the overwhelming favourites to seal series.
Now then, Sri Lanka need to ensure they don't do what Gunathilaka or Dickwella did to get out. They now have a not-so-new ball and good hot afternoon batting conditions. The Windies have to ensure they take their catches, and try keeping that bowling foot behind certain lines. Finishes are rarely this close as tomorrow promises to be, with a series on the line too. Do tune in, ta ta!!
Kemar Roach: We're definitely into the game today. Not ideal, what happened with the bat today. But under lights, if we just landed it in the right areas, we knew it'll be hard for the SL batsmen so we kept hitting our lengths consistently. The pink ball's seam is hard to pick up so it was hard for them as well, so we tried to bowl as full as possible, and make them play as much as possible. I would love a promotion (about his batting). It's coming off with the bat and I'm happy with that. Holder led from the front as skipper, and he's up for it and he really wants to win the game. We gotta come here tomorrow morning and give it our best shot.
And stumps -- 22:34 local: -- Things couldn't have been set better. It's followed a pattern, just when a side threatens to take things away, trust the other to claw back. The one day when it doesn't rain, it rains wickets. 20 wickets in the extended day, with Holder claiming eight, knocking the likes of Sobers and Walsh out to claim the best figures by a Windies' skipper in the Caribbean. That can't take anything from the effort the Lankan bowlers put in too, skittling out Windies cheaply after giving out a vital 50-run lead. What could come back to haunt them though is the ninth-wicket stand they allowed to prosper between Cummins and Roach. Talking about Roach, here he is, talking ..
Short leg's there too.
Three slips and a gully.
Shannon Gabriel [4.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
Right. One over. Lets keep the further twists for tomorrow.
Around eight minutes left in the day, unless the Windies manage another couple of wickets to force an extension.
These are now the best match figures by a West Indies skipper in the Caribbean.
Dilruwan Perera, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Holder to Dickwella, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Two slips, a gully and mid-on and off have been added too.
Kemar Roach [4.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack
Niroshan Dickwella, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Holder to Roshen Silva, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Roshen Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Holder to de Silva, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Time to chew some snacks and usurp some fluids as it's drinks.
Miguel Cummins, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Kusal Mendis, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Holder to Gunathilaka, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
It's out for sure, but they're waiting for the no-ball check. Nope, comfortably behind.
Jason Holder, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
We have received intelligence that Perera is under observation at the hospital to go through some scans and precautionary measures. Let's pray that's the extent of it.
Dhananjaya de Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Roach to Udawatte, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Review time: Udawatte was almost walking off but he makes an eye contact with his partner and decides to take a review. No-ball-check. Fair delivery. No bat involved confirms ultraedge. Impact is in line and it is hitting the stumps. Three reds means Udawatte will have to depart. They also lose the review.
Shannon Gabriel, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Gunathilaka and Udawatte are at the crease. Gunathilaka is on strike. Roach will open the attack