Galle (Sri Lanka): Lasith Embuldeniya took 5 wickets and fellow spinner Ramesh Mendis 4 as Sri Lanka dismissed the West Indies for 160 in a crushing 187-run victory within the first cricket Take a look at on Thursday.
West Indies, needing 348 to win, already began the fifth and closing day in survival mode at 52-6 and lasted till shortly after lunch.
Embuldeniya, who had innings figures of 5-46, had six wickets within the match whereas Mendis took 4-64 for a match haul of seven.
Nkrumar Bonner and Joshua da Silva, who got here collectively at 18-6, annoyed the Sri Lanka bowlers as rain threatened to spoil the march. The pair added 62 extra runs within the morning session till Embuldeniya broke the 100-run partnership when da Silva was caught within the slips by Dhananjaya de Silva for 54 runs.
Bonner top-scored with an unbeaten 68 off 220 balls, together with seven boundaries. It was his third take a look at half-century.
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 147 and 83, was named participant of the match.
“Even though it took time, we knew it was just a matter of one wicket,” Karunaratne stated.
“Joshua and Bonner were batting very well. We believed we will be able to win the match if we were able to get one of them out.”
Karunaratne stated he was apprehensive about his batting kind due to a scarcity of coaching and match observe. Sri Lanka final performed a take a look at six months in the past.
“When I came into this test I didn’t have runs behind my name and was doubting myself. I took a nervous start and fell into a rhythm which I continued to the second innings. But I still feel I haven’t reached my fine form,” Karunaratne stated.
Sri Lanka opted to bat first and made 386 and 191-4 declared. The West Indies responded with 230.