Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne elated after win over the West Indies© AFP
Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne expressed happiness after his aspect defeated West Indies within the first Test of the two-match sequence. Ramesh Mendis scalped 5 wickets as Sri Lanka defeated West Indies by 187 runs within the first Test of the two-match sequence right here on the Galle International Stadium on Thursday. “It’s a great Test for me. I’m playing after a long time and I didn’t even play any club cricket recently. I think youngsters are gaining experience from the experienced guys and we have guys like Mathews and Chandimal and spinners did a good job. The fast bowlers didn’t get many overs but they did the job with the ball,” mentioned Dimuth Karunaratne in a post-match presentation.
“The last couple of months there were heavy rains and we weren’t sure how the wicket was gonna behave and that’s why we picked two pacers. We will see how the conditions are for the next one before thinking about team selections. We need to carry on the good work and I have some targets to achieve and I’m glad that we are playing well as a unit,” he added.
Coming to the match, resuming Day 5 on 52/6, in a single day batters Joshua Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner grinded it out and the duo added 66 extra runs to the whole, main the guests’ fightback.
However, proper on the cusp of lunch break, Lasith Embuldeniya acquired the higher of Joshua Da Silva (54) and Windies was lowered to 118/7, nonetheless needing 230 to win.
After the lunch break, Praveen Jayawickrama acquired the higher of Rahkeem Cornwall (13) and Sri Lanka was simply two wickets away from victory.
The final two batters had been dismissed cheaply and in the long run, Sri Lanka registered a 187-run win to achieve a 1-0 lead within the two-match sequence.
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