Sri Lanka’s captain Dimuth Karunaratne was delighted with victory over West Indies© AFP
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne has expressed his congratulations after his team defeated the West Indies in the first Test of the two-match series. Ramesh Mendis tipped five wickets when Sri Lanka defeated the West Indies by 187 runs in the first Test of the two-match series here at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday. “It’s a big test for me. I play after a long time and I have not even played club cricket recently. I think young people gain experience from the experienced guys and we have guys like Mathews and Chandimal and spinners have a “The fast bowlers did not get many overs, but they did the job with the ball,” said Dimuth Karunaratne in a post-match presentation.
“The last few months there has been heavy rain and we were not sure how the wicket will behave and therefore we have chosen two pacemakers. We will see what the conditions are for the next one before we think about team choices. We have to continue with the good work and I have some targets to achieve and I’m glad we’re playing well as a unit, “he added.
After the match, which resumed Day 5 at 52/6, overnight batsmen Joshua Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner worked it out and the duo added another 66 runs to the total, leading the visitors’ fightback effort.
However, Lasith Embuldeniya got the win over Joshua Da Silva (54) right at the point of lunch and Windies were reduced to 118/7 and still need 230 to win.
After lunch, Praveen Jayawickrama got the win over Rahkeem Cornwall (13) and Sri Lanka were just two wickets away from the win.
The last two batsmen were kicked off cheaply and eventually Sri Lanka recorded a 187-run victory to gain a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
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