Bonner scored 113 runs unbeaten while Kyle Mayers played a stroke of 52 when the hosts put a 236/4 score on the board before the end of the game.
SCOREBOARD: WEST INDIES VS SRI LANKA, 1st TEST
Bonner and Kraigg Brathwaite resumed the day of 34/1 and formed a partnership of 66 races before Lasith Embuldeniya dismissed it and brought Mayers onto the field. Bonner and Mayers played superbly, keeping the bowlers in check in Sri Lanka.
Both took the team over the 180-run mark and finished their respective half centuries. Embuldeniya provided Sri Lanka with the much-needed breakthrough and removed Mayers. Jermaine Blackwood then came out in the middle but only managed four runs before Vishwa Fernando sent him back to the pavilion.
Jason Holder was the next batsman. Bonner and Holder played with a defensive stance to deny Sri Lanka a win in the match. Previously, Sri Lanka had 169 runs in their first innings and the hosts recorded a total of 271 runs in return. Sri Lanka made a comeback in the game with a massive 476 score in the second innings.
“This is really something special for me. This is my childhood dream and I am really happy that I got this monkey off my back,” said Bonner in the Sandals Player Zone.
“When I was 99 I didn’t panic. I saw the ball well and stayed vigilant. Jason came down and said, ‘just keep doing what you’ve been doing all day’. It was great to have him on the other side End to calm me down. It felt great, “said Bonner.
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