Port of Spain – West Indies finished a crushing 226-run victory over Sri Lanka simply after lunch at the ultimate day of the primary Take a look at on Sunday because the vacationers surrendered meekly following the dying of century-maker Kusal Mendis and captain Dinesh Chandimal.
Set a frightening goal of 453, the Sri Lankans crashed from 189 for 3 in mid-morning to be disregarded for 226 simply after lunch, struggling their first Take a look at fit defeat by the hands of the Caribbean aspect for ten years, after they have been additionally crushed on the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
Off-spinning all-rounder Roston Chase prompted the overall capitulation through which 5 wickets fell for simply 8 runs.
His dismissal of Chandimal within the final over earlier than the lunch period broke the again of the vacationers’ resistance and he claimed 3 of the rest 4 wickets to fall to complete with the spectacular figures of 4 for 15 off 8.2 overs.
It appeared such a lot higher for Sri Lanka when Mendis, 94 no longer out in a single day with Sri Lanka on 176 for 3, reached his 5th Take a look at century in a while after the beginning of the day’s play.
Then again any hope of the guests significantly difficult an international report goal successfully evaporated along with his dismissal, stuck at the back of for 102 off rapid bowler Shannon Gabriel.
Even the possibilities of saving the fit or on the very least taking the sport into the overall consultation disappeared with the lack of 3 extra wickets earlier than the damage, together with two off the overall over bowled via Chase.
Cussed nightwatchman Lahiru Gamage had fallen LBW to leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo for simply 3 after greater than an hour’s resistance however the loss of life knell used to be in reality sounded for the Sri Lankans when Chase accounted for each Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella within the area of 5 deliveries.
Chandimal used to be pressured to curtail his innings on Saturday afternoon when on 15 as a result of he used to be feeling sick.
He resumed after the autumn of Mendis and confirmed no indicators of additional discomfort in attending to 27 till a flighted supply from Chase tempted him into making an attempt to heave over midwicket just for the miscue to provide a easy catch to Kraigg Brathwaite operating round to quick mid-on.
It used to be infrequently one of these instance he would have sought after to set as Sri Lanka’s captain.
Inside of mins he used to be joined via Dickwella within the dressing room because the wicketkeeper-batsman used to be trapped palpably leg-before via a sooner supply from Chase.
“I believe our fielding used to be beneath par within the first innings after we dropped some necessary catches,” stated Chandimal in reflecting on his crew’s disappointing total efficiency.
“We wish to be told from our errors and regroup temporarily for the following fit.”
Sri Lanka be expecting to welcome again middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva for the second one Take a look at beginning Thursday in St Lucia.
His arrival within the area used to be not on time via the capturing loss of life of his father.
West Indies have been in no temper to slacken their grip at the fit at the resumption after lunch as Bishoo had Rangana Herath taken at short-leg earlier than Chase sealed victory with the wickets of Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara off successive balls, each adjudged stuck at the back of via ‘guy of the fit’ Shane Dowrich.
“I simply sought after to persist with the fundamentals and take advantage of all my preparation getting into this sequence, and it labored out for me,” stated the wicketkeeper-batsman, whose unbeaten 125 used to be the cornerstone of the West Indies first innings restoration and ultimate general of 414 for 8 declared.
“Consistency is one thing I’ve been striving for as a result of I wish to rating runs in each recreation.”
Previous, Mendis had wasted no time in getting to a few figures.
He flicked a supply from West Indies captain Jason Holder to backward square-leg for his 10th boundary.
He additionally hoisted two sixes in a decided innings that occupied 110 deliveries. But for all that point on the crease, there used to be not anything he may just do to steer clear of an unplayable supply from Gabriel which kicked off a just right period to sweep the batsman’s gloves at the approach via to Dowrich.
“Everybody on this crew merits huge credit score for the way in which we battled via on a pitch that wasn’t the very best,” stated Holder in reflecting on a victory completed after two declarations via him.
“I wasn’t apprehensive getting into this ultimate day for the reason that pitch used to be deteriorating a bit of and I simply felt our bowlers needed to construct a bit of of drive and we’d be able to strike, and after we struck we were given wickets in clusters.”