That's all we have from this game. To me, it was the opening spell from Gabriel and Roach in the last hour of the second day which played a major role in the match. Sri Lanka fought hard in the second innings, but it was always a herculean task. The wickets off (non)no-balls will be debated for a while. There were plenty of those which weren't called too. Let's rant about it on some other day. For the Islanders, Kumara and Lakmal were superb with the ball, but it was their batting and fielding which let them down. They have a 3-day gap before locking horns against this rejuvenated Caribbean side at St Lucia. We'll be back for that. Until then, it's goodbye from Abhinand Raghavendran, Kumar Abhisekh Das, Varun Dixit and Mukesh.
Windies take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. This is how the Test unfolded. Dowrich's ton helped the hosts post an above-par score. The fiery 10-over spell from the pace quartet led the platform in skittling the Lankans for 185. Windies batted again and set a target above 450. Mendis recorded a ton, but it was the spinners' show on the final day.
Jason Holder: Extremely happy with the way we have started the series. It wasn't easy - the pitch; Pretty tough upfront for the bowlers. Each bloke came in and put up his hand. Credit to the batters as well. The partnership I had with Shane was really good. The way Bishoo batted was outstanding. He eased the pressure off Shane. We just felt it was a brilliant contribution from the lower order and we backed it up in the field in the first innings. I was not worried. The wicket was deteriorating and I told the boys that we need to keep coming at it. We just need to put the pressure on the Sri Lankans and when we got wickets, we got it in clusters towards the end. Extremely pleased with the way Shane played; was disappointed when Kieran got out yesterday. It happens in the game. It's a matter for him to be consistent, he's been given a new role at No. 3 and hopefully he can solidify the position. We are going to be very hard on ourselves - hopefully we can pick ourselves on the field. One or two chances with the run-outs and a bit of sloppy work from time to time. That's the main area we'd like to improve. This is the first time after long that we went in with a combination of five bowlers and it paid off,. It showed on a surface like this where we had to work hard for the wickets. The extra bowler came up trumps and did a big job. Credit to Roston, he came in and did an excellent job. Devendra was outstanding. Not only he built pressure, but also picked wickets. I am really proud of the guys.
Shane Dowrich, Man of the Match: We played well throughout the five days. We had to work hard to score runs on this pitch, it always had something in it for the bowlers. My thought process was to stick to the basics and It worked out for me. For me, consistency is what I am working on and I will try to be positive and continue to score runs. I would like to thank my batting coach Floyd Reifer, he has done a lot of work for me behind the scenes and it worked out well for me in the match.
Dinesh Chandimal: Our fielding was below par on day 1, we dropped some crucial chances. That's part of the game. We need to learn from the mistakes. We need to re-group as a team. We can take positives from the game, specially Kusal Mendis. It was a special knock and Lahiru Kumara also bowled really well in the first and second innings. Credit to West Indies, they played outstanding cricket. He (Dhananjaya) batted at No.3 in the last 4-5 series and he played some outstanding knocks. I feel we just want to play him. Let's see how it goes.
12:55 Local Time, 16:55 GMT, 22:25 IST: A jubilant Windies team walk off the field. It took just 20 balls to remove the last three wickets after lunch. Ian Bishop on air, says that this is Windies' biggest win (in terms of runs) at Queen's Park Oval. When Windies declared yesterday after lunch, the most probable result was a Windies win. However, Kusal Mendis kept the visitors in the hunt. He registered his fifth Test ton today morning, but his wicket opened the floodgates. The nightwatchman was removed quickly and Chase picked two wickets in five balls just before lunch. He added two more to his tally to finish off the formalities. Varun informs me that the Sri Lankans lost their last five wickets in 26 balls.
Roston Chase to Lahiru Kumara, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Lahiru Kumara, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Roston Chase to Lakmal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Suranga Lakmal, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Devendra Bishoo to Herath, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Spin from both ends. ICYMUM, second new ball is available.
Welcome back for the post-lunch session. 3 wickets versus 231 runs! How long will this Test last? Here's Bishoo with a slip, gully, forward short leg and silly point in place.
Lunch, day 5: Windies started the day slightly ahead and they have ended it almost a whisker away from the victory. They are just three wickets away from clinching this match and taking 1-0 lead in this series. Mathews in his interview before the start of the day said Sri Lankans will play some attacking cricket but on-field the cricket they portrayed was almost in contrast to his words. Mendis after making the ton got out to a brute of a ball from Gabriel, who has been sensational in this match and Chandimal had a brainfade moment. On the stroke of lunch, Dickwella was rapped in front of wickets by Chase and that ensured that hosts not only won the session but owned it.
Roston Chase to Dickwella, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Review time: Dickwella has been given OUT on-field. There is no inside edge and ball tracker shows three reds
Dilruwan Perera, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Roston Chase to Chandimal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Silly point, FSL and a slip in place.
Roston Chase [5.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack
Slip and a FSL in place.
Kemar Roach [12.0-3-45-0] is back into the attack
Niroshan Dickwella, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Devendra Bishoo to Gamage, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Another close in fielder comes in, Holder at second slip.
One slip and a FSL in place.
Devendra Bishoo [10.0-1-32-1] is back into the attack
Drinks! First hour of play has been about the Windies team attacking and the Lankan team dodging it. It is like one team in paintball having all their color pellets intact and the other already out of stock with their ammunition. 16 runs, 1 wicket in 12.2 overs tells you the story. The narrative will be taken forward by our young sensation -- Varun!
Miguel Cummins [8.0-1-22-0] is back into the attack
Kemar Roach [10.0-2-44-0] is back into the attack
Only 14 runs in 45 minutes from the Lankans.
Credit to Gabriel for going wide of the crease and then forcing the batsman to play the angle. But it drifted away at the last moment and that prompted the edge. The keeper did well to leap up and take it well over his head.
Dinesh Chandimal, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Gabriel to Kusal Mendis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Blue skies all around Port-of-Spain but at the same time it is drizzling right now. What an irony!
Gamage is getting some treatment from the physio. He was hit by Gabriel in the second last over.
Appaling over rate again to start off. 24 minutes has seen only 4.2 overs being bowled.
Would have loved seeing Roach bowling from one end as well. Two slips and a gully for Gabriel.
Gabriel to Mendis. Will something give here? Mendis only five away from his fifth Test ton.
Jason Holder [10.0-4-18-1] is back into the attack
Sunny G @ pitch report: Some of the cracks have opened up where the balls have landed regularly. That is the area where the Windies bowlers will try to hit. Compliment to the groundsman to have prepared a good Test match wicket. You want a good contest between the bat and the ball and that is what the curator has ensured. We are in for an interesting finish.
Angelo Mathews: You know it is obviously the fifth day of the Test and we would try to play positively and chase it down if possible. We're not in the mindset to play negatively. We're looking to go out and score runs. The wicket is not at all easy. It is a bit up and down. You have to play according to the balls bowled at you. They have got a very good pace attack and a couple of good spinners. We have to be up for the challenge. Invariable bounce is causing a bit of trouble to the batsmen but not a lot of turn. You don't want to get out to a delivery down the leg-side. Pretty disappointed. The skipper will be out there in the park when the team needs him to fight it out.
The old ball might reverse a bit and the second session will see the second new ball(26 overs to go) being hurled with renewed vigour. Windies are favourites but then I won't be surprised if a few people have their bets hedged to decide the tag of favourites on the final day.
But a lot will depend on Mendis with 277 still needed. He has the game to ride the turbulent crests and duck deep when faced with deadly troughs. Playing for a draw has always been the difficult option but even that is a possibility. For support, he has Gamage now, a nightwatchman. But how often have we seen promotions like these working for teams even on a difficult wicket.
To compound Lanka's problems, their skipper had to go off while batting pretty solidly. Migraine is what we thought was the reason. It is still unknown but we know that he will come out and bat if needed.
The Windies pacers have outbowled their counterparts. The four-pace pronged attack has kept the Lankan batsmen on a check and quick runs have come only in a few passages. Attrition has ruled the roost for most of the Test. Even tweakers Bishoo and Chase did well to keep it tight.
09:30 Local Time, 19:00 IST: The first Test between Windies and Lanka till the final session on day 4 was like a sine wave - continuous in nature - with Windies dominating it throughout. But then the tables turned a bit. Mendis was fortuitous and rode his luck to ensure Lanka are still in the game. It was expected there would be mild inundations on the 22 yards by now but surprisingly the wicket still has runs to offer if you have patience as a virtue in the barter system trade of the bat and the ball.
All three results are still possible going into the final day. But if Windies don't win it from this situation, they would be terribly disappointed. Kusal Mendis will be key to this run-chase. Can he replicate his Pallekele heroics in Port of Spain tomorrow? Join us at the same time and same place.
17:25 Local Time, 21:25 GMT, 02:55 IST: Another exhilarating day of Test match cricket in which neither bat dominated nor ball. This match is set up beautifully for the final day. Windies were miles ahead in the game when they dismissed Kusal Perera early in the second session but since then it has been a rearguard action of the highest caliber from Kusal Mendis and company. Kusal led the charge with Chandimal, who retired ill after making 15, we are still not sure about the reason. Mathews came to the crease and he looked like the Mathews of old, but the Windies skipper got the better of him and then Bishoo deceived Roshen Silva on a peculiar ball in the final stages of the day to hand over the ascendancy again to Windies.
Two slips, FSL and leg-slip in place.
Lahiru Gamage, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Devendra Bishoo to Roshen Silva, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
Over the wicket.
Two slips and a leg-slip in place.
Round the wicket to Roshen Silva. He will look to pitch on rough outside leg and would hope for ball to misbehave.
Shannon Gabriel [8.0-2-29-1] is back into the attack
Second slip is in now.
Devendra Bishoo [7.0-1-16-0] is back into the attack
Changes the angle, round the wicket now.
Roshen Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Holder to Mathews, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Jason Holder [7.0-4-8-0] is back into the attack
Kemar Roach [7.0-2-29-0] is back into the attack
The umpire seems to have missed another no-ball as the first ball was also a no-ball
Jason Holder [6.0-3-8-0] is back into the attack
The skipper will bowl now. Windies have been unlucky. But you make your own luck in this format.
Drinks! Sri Lanka are in this. Still a long way to go. If this was a sprint, Lanka would have pipped Windies. But the marathon has just finished a quarter and Lanka find themselves ahead, not by much. Mathews is seeing the ball well and same is the case with Mendis.
Miguel Cummins [4.0-1-12-0] is back into the attack
Almost an hour after tea and Windies have not bargained a single wicket.
Richard Kettleborough missed out on a huge no-ball in the last over. Gabriel is really keeping everyone busy.
Another change of bat for Kusal Mendis.
Roston Chase [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack
And that was a drop!! - Over 30.4 - The ball cue-ended the bat and Dowrich could not fetch it clean. A case of hard hands at the point of clutching it.
Mendis has a change of bat. And refills some liquids.
Shannon Gabriel [4.0-0-21-1] is back into the attack
Has the wicket settled down barring the odd ball? Or set batsmen make the wicket behave differently? #CBHaveYourSay
The players walk out. Roach to start..
Tea, day four: Windies batted for three overs after lunch and declared once the lead crossed 450. Kusal Perera, on a king pair, came out with a positive intent and hit a couple of boundaries, but was removed by Gabriel. In the same over, Kusal Mendis nicked one to the keeper, which wasn't reviewed. But, replays showed that Gabriel had overstepped. Post that, it was sane batting from Mendis and skipper Chandimal. The latter walked off the field holding his head, not sure what that was and how serious it was. Mathews has been pretty solid too, so far. So, this is the equation - nine wickets versus 388 runs! Join us in a short while to find out how the final session pans out.
Final over before Tea
Roston Chase, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Spin from both ends now. A slip, leg slip and forward short leg in position.
Devendra Bishoo, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Spin time. A slip and forward short leg for the leggie
Kemar Roach [3.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack
A cop on the right index finger and the physio is out to have a look at it.
Three slips, a gully and forward short leg in place for Angelo Mathews
Chandimal is in some pain. The physio it out. He's holding his head, now. Probably migraine! He's leaving the ground.. This is not good news for Sri Lanka. Hopefully, it's not serious. Mathews replaces the skipper.
Miguel Cummins, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Barring the wicket, Lanka have not done too much wrong here.
Change of attack from Windies. The skipper gets himself on. Three slips and a gully in place.
Jason Holder, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Lanka are off to a flier here..
And talking more about 3.6 - the bowler had overstepped. So, even if they would have reviewed it, would not have helped them much.
Gabriel to Kusal Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Three slips and a FSL in place.
Cover-point and backward point in place now.
Three slips, a gully and short leg in place.
Shannon Gabriel, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera are at the crease. Kusal Mendis is on strike. Roach will open the attack