Sri Lanka came away with a draw in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Wednesday as the hosts could not break the epic partnership between Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis while there was also some rain.
After the start of the final day was delayed for more than an hour due to inclement weather, Mathews and Mendis never relented and took the visitors to 287/3 in their second innings, still a deficit of nine runs.
The umpires eventually called time on proceedings with 13 overs still to be bowled in the day, Mendis unbeaten on 141 and Mathews making his way to 120 not out.
The duo, who batted out the entire fourth day, took their stand to 274 runs and helped Sri Lanka claim a draw in the first Test of the two-match series.
The home side will reflect on the game as a missed opportunity as they first bowled the tourists out for just 282 before piling on the runs in their only turn at the crease, racking up 578 on the back of Tom Latham’s 264 not out.
However, the Black Caps’ bowlers could not deliver the final knock-out as the pitch at the Basin Reserve flattened out and more determined batting batting by Mendis and Mathews kept them at bay.
The second and final Test of the series starts on Boxing Day in Christchurch.
Brathwaite top-scored with 84 for his side.
The Test series is due to get under way on July 30.
England have entered their “bubble” ahead of their three-match series against the West Indies.
West Indies are in England for three Tests next month.
The 25-year-old will undergo a second coronavirus test on Wednesday after a member of his household felt unwell over the weekend.
Three players had already tested positive from the first batch of Covid-19 tests on Sunday.
The tourists split their 25-man squad in two for a practice match in Manchester.
The first of England’s three Tests against Pakistan is due to get under way at Lord’s on July 30.
The first West Indies and England Test commences on July 8.
Alastair Cook’s side were firm favourites with 16 balls to go but the wheels came off in arresting fashion.