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Hitler spoke of such a test

The veracity of the story has not been confirmed. However, in 1936 a team from Worcestershire visited Germany. Germany was then ruled by Adolf Hitler.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. But it is said that on the fourth day of the Test match, you can find out about the search for Hitler, the game has not been decided yet. The next day he found out that the match was a draw. Yah, Dad! No one could win after playing for five days! Seeing the waste of time, Hitler banned cricket in Germany.

Many may feel the same way about the West Indies-Sri Lanka Test series.

Hitler
Hitler Images: Collected
Sri Lanka’s goal in the second Test at the same ground as the West Indies’ goal in the first Test in Antigua was almost ‘copy paste’ of the first Test. The two Tests did not change. Both draw.

The West Indies were bowled out for 365 to win the first Test. The hosts went down to bat on the fourth day and fought till the last day. Sri Lanka’s target was 36 runs to win the second Test. Sri Lanka finished the fifth and final day of the match with 193 runs for 2 wickets (Bangladesh time night).

The two-Test series ended in a 0-0 draw. Like Hitler, some may think that even after fighting for five or ten days, a series could not be settled!

The trophy did not belong to anyone at the end like the beginning of the series.
The trophy did not belong to anyone at the end like the beginning of the series. Photo: AFP
Sri Lanka finished the fourth day with 29 runs without wickets. Even after the rain on the last day, 60 overs have been played. Sri Lanka drew the match with the help of Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando.

The two have shown extreme patience. Karunaratne scored 75 off 16 balls for 244 minutes. Fernando was unbeaten on 7 off 119 balls for 161 minutes.

Joseph is not happy about returning Thirimanne.
Joseph is not happy about returning Thirimanne. Photo: AFP
In the end, Dinesh Chandimal gave great support to Fernando. Although he was unbeaten on 10, the important thing was that he played 6 out of 72 minutes. Opener Lahiru Thirimanne also showed patience. He scored 39 off 114 balls for 165 minutes. Aljari Joseph and Kyle Meyers took 1 wicket each for West Indies.

Karunaratne-Thirimanne’s 101 in the opening over laid the foundation for the Lankans’ draw. In the third over, Thirimanne got a personal 17 runs. Joshua da Silva could not catch him. Out of this, the two have made a solid bat.

The Test series draw means that Sri Lanka have not won a series on West Indies soil this time. After losing 2-1 in the T20 series, they also lost 3-0 in the ODI series.