Sri Lanka thrash West Indies by 187 runs in first Test

By: AFP      Published: 05:59 PM, 25 Nov, 2021
Sri Lanka thrash West Indies by 187 runs in first Test
Sri Lanka's Ramesh Mendis unsuccessfully appeals for dismissal decision against West Indies' Rahkeem Cornwall (not pictured) during the fifth day of the first Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and West Indies

Hosts Sri Lanka thrashed the West Indies by 187 runs in the first cricket Test in Galle on Thursday. Chasing a target of 348, West Indies were bowled out for 160 before tea on the final day.

Sri Lanka secured a 156-run first-innings lead and set the visitors a mountainous 348 to win at the Galle International Stadium. 

Reeling on 52 for six at the end of day four, the West Indies clung on in the opening session but collapsed after lunch.

Lasith Embuldeniya finished with a five-wicket haul while Ramesh Mendis complemented him well with four scalps.

Nkrumah Bonner was unbeaten on 68 for the tourists -- one of only three West Indies batsmen to make it into double figures in their second innings, the others being Joshua Da Silva, who made 54, and Rahkeem Cornwall with 13.

The second Test begins on Monday, also in Galle.

Sri Lanka v West Indies 1st Test scoreboard

Scoreboard from the first Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Galle on Thursday.

Sri Lanka 1st innings 386 (Karunaratne 147, de Silva 61; Chase 5-83, Warrican 3-87)

West Indies 1st innings 230 (Mayers 45; Jayawickrama 4-40, Mendis 3-75)

Sri Lanka 2nd innings 191-4 declared (Karunaratne 83, Mathews 69 not out; Warrican 2-42)

West Indies second innings

Kraigg Brathwaite lbw b Mendis              0

Jermaine Blackwood c Mathews b Embuldeniya  9

Nkrumah Bonner not out                     68

Shai Hope b Mendis                          3

Roston Chase b Embuldeniya                  1

Kyle Mayers lbw b Mendis                    2

Jason Holder b Mendis                       0

Joshua Da Silva c de Silva b Embuldeniya   54

Rahkeem Cornwall c Lakmal b Jayawickrama   13

Jomel Warrican c Fernando b Embuldeniya     1

Shannon Gabriel c de Silva b Embuldeniya    0

Extras: (b 4, lb 1, w 2, nb 2)              9

Total: (all out, overs 79)                160

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Brathwaite), 2-11 (Blackwood), 3-14 (Hope), 4-15 (Chase), 5-18 (Mayers), 6-18 (Holder), 7-118 (da Silva), 8-149 (Cornwall), 9-156 (Warrican), 10-160 (Gabriel).

Bowling: Lasith Embuldeniya 29-12-46-5 (nb 2), Ramesh Mendis 31-5-64-4, Praveen Jayawickrama 14-6-28-1, Dhananjaya de Silva 1-0-5-0, Dushmantha Chameera 4-0-12-0 (w 2).

Toss: Sri Lanka

Result: Sri Lanka win by 187 runs

Sri Lanka lead two-match series 1-0