Lasith Embeldeniya (5/46) and Ramesh Mendis (4/64) ran through the West Indies’ second innings when Sri Lanka took a 1-0 lead on Day 5.
Joshua Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner all deserve credit for the fight they showed on the last day. The duo came together as the West Indies jiggled 18/6 in pursuit of 348 runs on day 4 and sewed together a 100-run stand for the seventh wicket that frustrated the Sri Lankan bowlers with the morning session on the final day. For the West Indies, the only thing they wanted to save the game was some rain – as for days 3 and 4 – even though it came about 10 minutes after the game ended. Lasith Embeldeniya (5/46) and Ramesh Mendis (4/64) did all the damage. Nkrumah Bonner did not miss 68 of 220 balls. Joshua Da Silva scored 54. Previously, the Sri Lankan hit first scored 386 in the first innings, thanks to Dimuth Karunaratne Ton. In response, the West Indies were all off for 230, giving the hosts a healthy 156 runs ahead. In the second innings, Karunaratne shone again with the bat, who scored 83 when Sri Lanka declared their innings at 191/4. Get the highlights of SL vs WI here.
That’s it. Sri Lanka wins the first friendly in Galle with 187 races against the West Indies. Lasith Embeldeniya (5/46) ends with a fifer, while Ramesh Mendis (4/64) ends with four wickets.
West Indies lose the conspiracy here in Galle. Lasith Embuldeniya has Jomel Warrican captured by Oshada Fernando for just one run of 21 balls. The 1-0 for Sri Lanka is only a matter of time. West Indies 156/9. Nkrumah Bonner is still in midfield with an unbeaten 64.
Sri Lanka inches closer to victory. Rakheem Cornwall donates his wicket at Praveen Jayawickrama bowling for an unlucky 13th. Jayawickrama blows for joy. West Indies 149/8
After Joshua Da Silva, Nkrumah Bonner is raising his fifty. West Indies are fighting really hard. Meanwhile, Bonner was given a life when he was dropped by rival captain Dimuth Karunaratne on the short mid-wicket in front of Ramesh Mendis. It was the second time Mendis was denied a wicket today.
Just before lunch on the last day, Sri Lanka got what they were looking for. Lasith Embuldeniya fires Joshua Da Silva for breaking the 100-run score in 54. The West Indies need 223 runs, Sri Lanka needs three wickets.
The resistance is broken. Lasith Embuldeniya gets Hazard Man Joshua Da Silva, caught for 54. That was when Sri Lanka waited for the last 269 balls. Joshua Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner put down 100 runs for the seventh wicket. Rakheem Cornwall comes in the middle. West Indies 118/7
Well-earned fifty for Joshua Da Silva. At a time when the West Indies didn’t want to cross the 50-run mark, Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner’s partnership has eaten over 250 balls. Incredible game of the two. West Indies 114/6
100 for West Indies. Joshua Da Silva is seven out of a well-deserved fifty, while Nkrumah Bonner does not turn out at 36. West Indies 100/6 (48), need 248 runs to win.
From 18/6 in 11.4 overs to 89/6 in 44 overs, Joshua Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner have strong resistance to Sri Lankan bowlers done. The duo played more than 200 balls for a total of 72 runs. West Indies need 255 runs.
Dropped. Pathum Nissanka drops Joshua Da Silva while sliding his legs. Rames Mendis would have got his fifth place. West Indies 75/6 (38)
Joshua Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner make it really difficult for Sri Lankan bowlers. The duo have played over 150 deliveries together for just 40 runs. West Indies 61/6 (34)
It is the last day here in Galle and rain is expected according to the weather forecast. West Indies have to play the spinners wary.
Wicketkeeper batsman Joshua Da Silva saved the West Indies from total collapse in the first innings. The 23-year-old from Trinidad has once again resisted the Sri Lankan weirdos who tormented the Caribbean during the first test in Galle. But how long will this bailout last on a worsening day 5 bile pitch is the question.
Application has been a problem with West Indies cricket for over a decade. They were exposed again by the Sri Lankans.
The fact that the West Indies scored 52 for six wickets when the poor light stopped the game early on Wednesday is commendable. Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner have so far participated in 34 runs with 13.5 overs. This after the West Indies were reduced over to 18 for 6 in the 12th!
Spinners Ramesh Mendis and Lasith Embuldeniya were Sri Lanka’s stars in that match. The hosts declared their second innings at 191-4, betting West Indies on an unlikely 348 runs to win. Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 83 runs to follow his 147 in the first innings. Angelo Mathews failed to hit two sixs and six limits for 69.
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