West Indies in Sri Lanka, 2 Test Series, 2021

Sri Lanka vs West Indies - 1st Test

Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle

Date: 21 November-25 November, 2021

West Indies 160/10

RR: 2.03 | Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 187 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Kraigg Brathwaite lbw Ramesh Mendislbw Ramesh Mendis01400
Jermaine Blackwood c Angelo Mathews & b Lasith Embuldeniyac Angelo Mathews & b Lasith Embuldeniya91810
Nkrumah Bonner not out not out 6822070
Shai Hope bowled Ramesh Mendisbowled Ramesh Mendis3900
Roston Chase bowled Lasith Embuldeniyabowled Lasith Embuldeniya1700
Kyle Mayers lbw Ramesh Mendislbw Ramesh Mendis2500
Jason Holder bowled Ramesh Mendisbowled Ramesh Mendis0100
Joshua Da Silva c Dhananjaya de Silva & b Lasith Embuldeniyac Dhananjaya de Silva & b Lasith Embuldeniya5412950
Rahkeem Cornwall c Suranga Lakmal & b Praveen Jayawickramac Suranga Lakmal & b Praveen Jayawickrama134620
Jomel Warrican c Oshada Fernando & b Lasith Embuldeniyac Oshada Fernando & b Lasith Embuldeniya12100
Shannon Gabriel c Dhananjaya de Silva & b Lasith Embuldeniyac Dhananjaya de Silva & b Lasith Embuldeniya0600
Extras 9 (b 0, lb 5, w 2, nb 2)
Total 160 (10 Wkts, 79.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
3-1 (Kraigg Brathwaite,3.4), 11-2 (Jermaine Blackwood,6.4), 14-3 (Shai Hope,9.1), 15-4 (Roston Chase,10.2), 18-5 (Kyle Mayers,11.3), 18-6 (Jason Holder,11.4), 118-7 (Joshua Da Silva,56.2), 149-8 (Rahkeem Cornwall,70.3), 156-9 (Jomel Warrican,77), 160-10 (Shannon Gabriel,79),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Lasith Embuldeniya29 12 46 5 1.59
Ramesh Mendis31 5 64 4 2.06
Praveen Jayawickrama14 6 28 1 2.00
Dhananjaya de Silva1 0 5 0 5.00
Dushmantha Chameera4 0 12 0 3.00
Dimuth Karunaratne 0 0 0 0 0
Pathum Nissanka0 0 0 0 0
Oshada Fernando0 0 0 0 0
Angelo Mathews0 0 0 0 0
Dinesh Chandimal 0 0 0 0 0
Suranga Lakmal0 0 0 0 0

Right then! It is started to rain here at Galle and guess what? The second Test will be played here at the same venue. Hope the weather changes and so does the result for West Indies who will eye a comeback. The second Test match will start on Monday, 29th November at 1000 Local Time (0430 GMT). Do join us early for the build-up. Till then, goodbye and cheers! If you want more cricketing action, switch the tabs as India are 154/4, going into the Tea break against New Zealand. Adios!

Kraigg Brathwaite, the West Indies skipper says that Joshua and Bonner showed a commendable fight right from yesterday and as a batter, they should learn from it. He adds that the first innings is always important in Test matches and they were short there. He mentions that toss was crucial but as professional cricketers, they need to adapt. He applauded the bowlers for their show and praises Gabriel for the aggression he showed but adds that they were short in the batting department. He mentions that they need to learn from this game quickly and if they have to defend, then defend it with confidence.

Dimuth Karunaratne is the Man of the Match, he says that he was playing a long time, it was a good game for him. Says that they were a bit worried as they didn't play much Test cricket in between but he is proud of the players. Says that experienced players are helping young ones all the time. Tells that they do the job when they get the ball. Mentions that it was raining heavily so they went with two pacers but they will see the condition and the wicket before choosing the playing XI. Says that he needs to carry on the good role. He have some targets to achieve and will continue to help the team.

...Stay tuned for the Presentation... And you will not believe this. IT HAS STARTED TO RAIN. And very heavily too. Oh dear, oh dear... could this be the famous case of what if??? If they had just hung around for another 5 minutes...

Earlier after opting to bat first, Dimuth Karunaratne showed his brilliance in the red-ball yet again as he scored an astonishing 147 runs. Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka and Dinesh Chandimal played wonderful cameos. Their brilliance was followed by the bowlers as they bundled out West Indies for 230. Sri Lanka extended their lead, thanks to yet another beautiful performance from their captain, Dimuth Karunaratne and their former captain, Angelo Mathews. After that, it was all spinners as they did the job. West Indies showed a good fight, things would have been different if their middle-order performed well but that isn't the case. 

It was spin, spin and spin from Sri Lanka and why not when you are getting the reward. It was Lasith Embuldeniya and Ramesh Mendis who showed their magic skills and reduced West Indies for 18/6. The game was solely under the control of the hosts but unfortunately, they failed to break the 7th wicket partnership and it took the game bit away. They had to work hard for the wicket and the spinners were later awarded for their work. A five-fer for Ramesh Mendis and four-fer for Lasith Embuldeniya sealed the game.

West Indies showed good fight until the end. It looked like the visitors will be bundled out at the fag end of Day 4 after been 18/6 but since then, Bonner and Da Silva showed good spirit and turned the fortunes. Not all but enough for the game to resume on the last day. They continued to show their technical abilities and almost survived the first session without losing a wicket but Da Silva fell in the end. Nkrumah Bonner played more than 200 deliveries and he anchored until the end but Rahkeem Cornwall, Jomel Warrican and Shannon Gabriel failed to help him. Even luck was against them as it started raining just when Gabriel fell. A disappointing ending but a fighting show from West Indies and especially from Nkrumah Bonner.

Sri Lanka take the lead in this two-Test match series against West Indies by 1-0. It took much more time than we thought but credit to West Indies to stretch the innings. The rain comes down now adding to the dismay of West Indies. Celebrations begin in Sri Lanka's dugout as Mickey Arthur is seen with a big smile. 

78.6
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Shannon Gabriel, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! No he can't! The rain was around the corner and Shannon Gabriel had to just control this last ball but he is squared up as he tried to defend it. This was full and around leg, it lands and spins away from the right-hander. Shannon Gabriel gets on the front foot and tries to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes towards the first slip where Dhananjaya de Silva takes a sharp catch. SRI LANKA WIN BY 187 RUNS.
78.5
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Shannon Gabriel, Too full, on middle. Shannon Gabriel somehow defends it. Can he defend this last ball as well?
78.4
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Shannon Gabriel, Shannon Gabriel surviving this over. Full again, on off. Shannon Gabriel dead bats it. 
78.3
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Shannon Gabriel, Too full and on middle. Shannon Gabriel hangs back and defends it. 
78.2
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Shannon Gabriel, Full again, on off. Shannon Gabriel blocks it.
78.1
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Shannon Gabriel, Full and on middle. Shannon Gabriel lunges and defends it under his eyes. 
77.6
4
Ramesh Mendis to Nkrumah Bonner, FOUR! Shot! Full and on off. Nkrumah Bonner skips down and hammers it over mid off for a boundary. 
77.5
0
Ramesh Mendis to Nkrumah Bonner, Nicely tossed up, on off. Nkrumah Bonner gets forward and defends it comfortably off the front foot.
77.4
0
Ramesh Mendis to Nkrumah Bonner, Shorter length, Bonner gets back and defends it off the back foot towards the off side.
77.3
0
Ramesh Mendis to Nkrumah Bonner,  Tossed up, on off and middle. Nkrumah Bonner plants his front foot forward and defends it.
77.2
0
Ramesh Mendis to Nkrumah Bonner, Shorter length, on off. Bonner watchfully defends it out.
77.1
0
Ramesh Mendis to Nkrumah Bonner,  Shorter length, turning into the batter. Bonner blocks it off the back foot..

Shannon Gabriel is the last man in.

76.6
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Jomel Warrican, OUT! TAKEN! Sri Lanka one wicket away now. A flighted ball, on leg, it lands and turns away. Jomel Warrican prods to defend but gets an inside edge back onto the pads. The ball lobs and goes to silly point where Oshada Fernando takes the catch and celebrates straightaway. Jomel Warrican takes the review. UltraEdge shows a thick inside edge and the on-field decision stays. 
76.5
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Jomel Warrican, Full, on off. Warrican gets forward and blocks it.

Review time! Jomel Warrican has been given out for a catch but he reviews it. UltraEdge shows there was an inside edge and the on-field decision stays. 

76.4
1
Lasith Embuldeniya to Nkrumah Bonner, Full, on off. Bonner skips down the track and drives it to long on for a single.
76.3
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Nkrumah Bonner, Full and on middle. Blocked away to short fine leg.
76.2
2
Lasith Embuldeniya to Nkrumah Bonner, Fuller and slower on middle and off. Nkrumah Bonner looks to flick it away but gets an outside edge to the vacant third man region and gets a couple. There is a direct hit at the bowler's end and that excites Sri Lankan players a bit. But replays show that the batter is inside the crease.
76.1
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Nkrumah Bonner, Slower and fuller, outside off. Nkrumah Bonner defends it off the front foot.
75.6
0
Ramesh Mendis to Jomel Warrican, Tossed up, around off. Jomel Warrican watchfully defends this out.
75.5
0
Ramesh Mendis to Jomel Warrican,  Fuller, on middle. Warrican works it away to mid-wicket.
75.4
0
Ramesh Mendis to Jomel Warrican,  On middle and turning into the batter. Jomel Warrican works it away with soft hands just right of short fine leg.
75.3
1
Ramesh Mendis to Nkrumah Bonner, Shorter length, outside off. Bonner punches it off the back foot towards point for a single.
75.2
0
Ramesh Mendis to Nkrumah Bonner, Fuller, on middle. Bonner works it to short mid-wicket.
75.1
1
Ramesh Mendis to Jomel Warrican,  Ramesh Mendis drags this down the leg side. Jomel Warrican pulls aerially but gets in the vacant area towards square leg for a single.
74.6
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Nkrumah Bonner, Prods forward and Nkrumah Bonner makes another solid block.
74.5
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Nkrumah Bonner, Full and on middle. Defended out. 
74.4
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Nkrumah Bonner, On middle, it lands and spins away. Nkrumah Bonner plays it late and away from the first slip. 
74.3
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Nkrumah Bonner, Tossed up, on middle. Nkrumah Bonner gets forward and defends it.
74.2
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Nkrumah Bonner, Shorter length around off. Nkrumah Bonner gets back and punches it to covers.
74.1
0
Lasith Embuldeniya to Nkrumah Bonner, Slower in the air, on off. Nkrumah Bonner blocks it off the front foot back to the bowler.
73.6
0
Ramesh Mendis to Jomel Warrican, This one stays low of the surface. Jomel Warrican defends it under his eyes. 
73.5
0
Ramesh Mendis to Jomel Warrican, Full and on off, driven back to the bowler.
73.4
0
Ramesh Mendis to Jomel Warrican, This one lands on off and turns in sharply. Jomel Warrican prods to defend but the ball goes through the gate and his him high on the pads.
73.3
0
Ramesh Mendis to Jomel Warrican, This one turns back in sharply. Jomel Warrican defends it in front of short leg. 
73.2
1
Ramesh Mendis to Nkrumah Bonner, Flatter and on off, pushed to long off for a single. 
73.1
0
Ramesh Mendis to Nkrumah Bonner, Short and on middle. Nkrumah Bonner rocks back and tries to work it on the leg side but fails to connect it. 
72.6
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Jomel Warrican, Flighted ball, on the pads. Jomel Warrican blocks it watchfully.
72.5
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Jomel Warrican, Full and on middle. Jomel Warrican prods to defend but does so off the inner half towards short leg who is almost on the deck as he tries to catch it. 
72.4
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Jomel Warrican, Full again, on middle. Jomel Warrican pushes it to mid off.
72.3
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Jomel Warrican, Full toss, on the pads. Jomel Warrican drives it to mid on from the toe end of his blade.