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Windies vs Sri Lanka - 3rd Test

Series: Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2018
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Date: 23-27 June 2018

Sri Lanka 144/6 (40.2 Ovs) RR: 3.57 | Sri Lanka won by 4 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Danushka Gunathilaka c Bishoo & b Holderc Bishoo & b Holder213040
Mahela Udawatte lbw Roachlbw Roach0600
Dhananjaya de Silva bowled Holderbowled Holder172940
Kusal Mendis lbw Holderlbw Holder254440
Roshen Silva c Devon Smith & b Holderc Devon Smith & b Holder1700
Niroshan Dickwella bowled Holderbowled Holder61510
Dilruwan Perera Not OutNot Out236830
Kusal Perera Not OutNot Out284320
Suranga Lakmal dnbdnb0000
Kasun Rajitha dnbdnb0000
Lahiru Kumara dnbdnb0000
Extras 23 (b 8, lb 15, w 0, nb 0)
Total 144 (6 Wkts, 40.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
9-1 (Mahela Udawatte,2.3), 30-2 (Danushka Gunathilaka,8.1), 48-3 (Dhananjaya de Silva,12.5), 50-4 (Roshen Silva,14.5), 74-5 (Niroshan Dickwella,18.4), 81-6 (Kusal Mendis,24.6),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Kemar Roach10 1 33 1 3.30
Shannon Gabriel9 1 26 0 2.89
Jason Holder14.2 4 41 5 2.89
Miguel Cummins6 1 17 0 2.83
Devendra Bishoo1 0 4 0 4.00
Kraigg Brathwaite0 0 0 0 0
Devon Smith0 0 0 0 0
Kieran Powell0 0 0 0 0
Shai Hope0 0 0 0 0
Roston Chase0 0 0 0 0
Shane Dowrich0 0 0 0 0


Both skippers walk out, awkwardly to share the trophy. It's one of those times you just don't know how happy to feel. But then it's been one of those pleasantly surprising tours - one you expect to get bored with, only for the contest to be so damn equal. That's all we have for you from out here .. this is Vineet Anantharaman signing off on behalf of Sriram AS, Rishi Roy, Varun Dikshit and our scorer Shashikant Singh. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did in bringing it to you. Ta ta!!

Shane Dowrich | MoS: Good performances right through the series, but it would have been good to sign off with a win. Credit to the Sri Lankans, they bowled really well to pull it back. This gives me a lot of confidence going forward and I'll look to take that into the next series which is starting shortly. As I said, their bowlers really took it away from us in the second innings. I have been struggling with an injury to my back, but I have a week for rehabilitation.

Suranga Lakmal | Winning skipper: I am very happy, my first Test match as a captain and it is a good opportunity to lead. Three fast bowlers and a spinner did well and the entire team worked very hard right through the series.

Jason Holder | Losing skipper | MoM: Obviously not the ending we were looking for. Credit to Sri Lanka, they played an outstanding game last night. Their opening bowlers Lakmal and Kumara pushed us back but we just did not have enough runs in the second innings. It put our bowlers too under pressure to come back. But still we should be proud of the way we fought. I think we lost in the second innings with our batting performance, we just didn't put enough runs on the board. Even when we gave them 140-odd we thought we were in the game and our new ball bowlers too picked up early wickets. We missed a few chances in the field, and no-balls are an area we need to improve on. But again, the second innings batting performance let us down. It has been a tough Test match and a tough Test series for me personally, but we have to turn it around quickly between this series and the one against Bangladesh coming up next week. Lots of positives - Shannon Gabriel bowled brilliantly, Shane Dowrich too. Roach needs to be mentioned too. But we needed more people to stand up. A few good top-order partnerships too should put us in good stead.

The first two days were more like cricket in the rain breaks. And that cricket too meant mostly wickets. But the Windies turned it around snatching a huge 50-run lead in the context. But the Lankans made the twist hairpin bend like with the new ball under lights to skittle the batsmen out for 93. And then this partnership, killing any suspense there could be .. umm, we've had enough. Stick around for the 'official' presentations.

Chandika Hathurusingha, Sri Lankan coach: Really great feeling for the boys. Lot of ups and downs in the series, so to come back and level the series is a great feeling. We were under pressure from the start, I felt Jason led them really well and we responded really well. We won the match in the second innings when we took their 7 wickets for just 50 odd runs. Suranga had a talk with the boys before the start of the innings, and that worked. He led from the front, that spell in the second innings proved to be decisive. This is a young team without our senior players. This will give young players a lot of confidence. We will feel really confident after this victory. Kusal Mendis is an outstanding player. We made him bat at three different positions and he responded really well. He is a great player, one for the future.

Dilruwan Perera: Really happy to finish the game like this. We thought if we could bat longer, we could achieve the target. We knew the wicket was a little uneven so it would be hard, and if we could bat positively, we could get the runs. We (Kusal and I) both play for the same club and we know each other. We managed to pile up the runs slowly. And this is the first time I've batted this way, so it was pretty hard for us, and I'm happy we managed to achieve it. I expected the seamers to do the job but when I am given the ball, I look to take wickets. He (Lakmal) has good experience of leadership and has won a domestic event as captain, so congratulations to him.

15:53 local: Injuries, bans, more injuries - Mathews, Gamage, Herath, Chandimal - but Sri Lanka have unleashed that defiant character of theirs. They needed to win to draw the spoils, and the two Pereras did it in style. Kusal, after almost ruling himself out with his suicidal dive into the ad hoardings at the boundary, returned with a counter-attacking blitz. And Dilruwan hung around, played many, missed many more, but hung around. When Mendis fell in the first over, it required the West Indians only one more wicket to get into the tail. Not to be. Have a read, interviews lined up.

Holder to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, HISTORY. And sealed with a massive tonk straight down the ground. A juicy overcook to help, and Dilruwan unleashes his held back restraint thus far with a smack to become the first Asian side to win in Barbados..ever
Holder to Dilruwan Perera, 2 runs, rolls his wrists on the short-wide stuff, waiting on the line to get close as he stabs it behind point

One hit away.

Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Perera, no run, stays true to his short side, and Kusal adjusts to the lack of bounce with a crouched keep out
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Perera, no run, softly nudges it out on the bounce to short leg. Again, too short
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Perera, 2 runs, too short, quite like his earlier three balls have been. Cut away, rocking back as he does so. Sweeper. Brace
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Perera, 2 runs, turning down leg. Kusal continues taking it off his back foot, glancing it away fine
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Perera, no run, keeps backing away, off the upper half towards cover
Devendra Bishoo to Kusal Perera, no run, turning in big from the rough outside off. Kusal backs away, way deep in the crease to punch it to point

Devendra Bishoo, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

10 runs | 4 wickets => 2.5 runs/wicket - The equation. These two have killed the contest.

Holder to Dilruwan Perera, no run, kicking up outside off. Dilruwan leaves to drinks
Holder to Dilruwan Perera, no run, cut in half. Dilruwan rides his luck on the inside half this time, getting completely done in by the movement off the deck going through his desperate wafting bat, and his tummy
Holder to Kusal Perera, 1 run, softly tapped into the covers .. to 10 runs needed
Holder to Kusal Perera, no run, a tad fuller. But the line refuses to change from one down leg
Holder to Kusal Perera, no run, again. Down leg. Luckily for Holder the glance doesn't connect
Holder to Kusal Perera, no run, tries defending from the crease, but ends up dragging his bat inside the line in a beat-cum-leave

Jason Holder [13.0-4-34-5] is back into the attack

Roach to Dilruwan Perera, leg byes, FOUR, more off the legs. Roach loses radar and Dilruwan's thigh guard has scored more than his bat has today. This deflection is past the keeper
Roach to Dilruwan Perera, no run, shuffles, goes deep in the crease to knock it back down the pitch
Roach to Dilruwan Perera, no run, full, a nervous driving squeeze out
Roach to Dilruwan Perera, no run, almost a drag on. Almost. It's been that morning here. Dilruwan slashes at no width, chopping it onto his boot, and a few centimeters off the leg-stump
Roach to Dilruwan Perera, no run, lines himself up in front of off, leaving the serious in-nip off a back of a length
Roach to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, through the cordon. And the Lankan dressing room errupts in smiles. Roach draws the outside edge as Dilruwan closes his bat face a touch early in looking to go across the line. A flying bisect right between second slip and gully almost diving into each other
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Perera, no run, Rapped on the front leg flap .. Cummins appeals too .. but his height and his wide of the crease angle mean it is always sliding down
Miguel Cummins to Dilruwan Perera, 1 run, now width on the off-side. Steered away calmly, square. Very risk free stuff this

This is slipping here from the Windies' grip. The equation down to 20 runs needed. => 5 runs/wicket

Miguel Cummins to Kusal Perera, 1 run, chopped, under-halved to point's left
Miguel Cummins to Dilruwan Perera, 1 run, gets up on his toes, once again helping a line on the legs, this time softly to fine leg
Miguel Cummins to Dilruwan Perera, no run, width now, off a shortened length. Dilruwan tries to carve it away, quite half-heartedly
Miguel Cummins to Dilruwan Perera, leg byes, FOUR, more runs. Oh these leg-lines are hurting the Windies. Too straight on the hips and despite Dilruwan getting late on his glance, his thigh guard is enough to guide it past a leaping keeper
Roach to Kusal Perera, no run, 127kph, much better. Tightens up around off, getting it up there to trouble Kusal's injured wrist as he lines up to defend
Roach to Kusal Perera, FOUR, that'll help the cause. Using the pace, using the freebie angle down leg and wrists it away, very fine

The equation - Exactly 30 runs. Four wickets. => 7.5 runs/wicket

Roach to Dilruwan Perera, 1 run, drifting in on the stumps. A squeezy flick, behind square
Roach to Dilruwan Perera, no run, 134kph, big drive. Trying to go airy through the covers. Nope, the ball sneaks under
Roach to Dilruwan Perera, no run, 133kph, gets across, riding the bounce off the back foot with a full bat face
Roach to Dilruwan Perera, 2 runs, streaky. Full, on middle and Perera whips on-sided, only for the leading- edge to take it into a vacant cover
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Perera, no run, 132kph. Bouncer, getting big in angle as it jags back, but Kusal's safely ducking under
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Perera, no run, hitting hard, high on the bat on the behind the line defence
Miguel Cummins to Kusal Perera, 2 runs, a hopping run down, deflecting it from his tummy, getting it high on his bat. Down to third man


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