Paranavitana keeps West Indies at bay

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Opener Tharanga Paranavitana's dogged innings helped Sri Lanka hold West Indies to a draw in the first Test despite the batsman missing out on his third Test century. Sri Lanka reached tea on the final day on 241 for 4 – a second-innings lead of 39 – before rain prevented any play in the final session.

Paranavitana was dismissed for 95 off 219 balls, caught by captain Darren Sammy at slip off spinner Shane Shillingford.

Sammy said that he was pleased with his team's performance despite their inability to win the match and believed they could carry the momentum into the second Test in Colombo on Tuesday. "We came here with a winning mindset; we did everything we were supposed to do in this match," he said. "We had a good chance of winning by putting pressure on them. All in all a job well done."