Thu. Dec 9th, 2021

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 check on Thursday.

West Indies, needing 348 to win, already began the fifth and last 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 check half-century.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 147 and 83, was named participant of the match.

“Though it took time, we knew it was only a matter of 1 wicket,” Karunaratne stated. “Joshua and Bonner had been batting very effectively. We believed we will win the match if we had been capable of get one in every of them out.”

Karunaratne stated he was apprehensive about his batting kind due to an absence of coaching and match follow. Sri Lanka final performed a check six months in the past.

“Once I got here into this check I didn’t have runs behind my identify and was doubting myself. I took a nervous begin and fell right into a rhythm which I continued to the second innings. However I nonetheless really feel I haven’t reached my positive kind,” Karunaratne stated.

Sri Lanka opted to bat first and made 386 and 191-Four declared. The West Indies responded with 230.

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