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Ramesh and Lasith bowl Sri Lanka to an easy win

Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne receiving the Sobers-Tissera trophy from former Sri Lanka skipper Michael Tissera. (Pix courtesy SLC)
Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne receiving the Sobers-Tissera trophy from former Sri Lanka skipper Michael Tissera. (Pix courtesy SLC)

Spinners Ramesh Mendis and Lasith Embuldeniya finished with five wickets each as Sri Lanka crushed West Indies by 164 runs in the second Test with a session to spare on the final day yesterday at the Galle International cricket stadium.

Chasing an improbable 29 runs target, the tourists were bowled out for 132 in 56.1 overs, five minutes before tea, losing eight wickets between lunch and tea, with Ramesh Mendis and Lasith Embuldeniya displaying superb bowling skills to skittle out the visitors and receive the Sobers- Tissera Trophy from former Sri Lanka skipper and prominent cricket administrator Michael Tissera.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka added 17 runs in 2.4 overs—with No. 10 batsman Embuldeniya doing much of the attacking. When Embuldeniya was bowled by Jason Holder, captain Dimuth Karunaratne declared the innings,(345 for 9) with Sri Lanka taking a lead of 297. Dhananjaya added two to his overnight score and finished on 155 not out and they were able to add a record 124 runs for the ninth wicket.

West Indies needed to bat out 93 overs to save the second test. However, openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood were unable to make a good start and off spinner Ramesh Mendis made an early breakthrough to put pressure during the first session. Kraigg Brathwaite was dismissed towards the end of the first hour of play, when Ramesh Mendis trapped him lbw with an arm ball.

Jermaine Blackwood and Nkrumah Bonner then produced some resistance, batting out 23 overs together. Then, with three balls to go for lunch, Lasith Embuldeniya lured Blackwood into a drive with a loopy delivery outside off stump and was caught at slip by Dhananjaya de Silva. Blackwood had batted out 92 balls for his 36. Bonner, at the other end, was on 22 off 71 balls and West Indies were 65 for 2 wickets at lunch.

However, a fine effort from the two spinners Mendis and Embuldeniya paved the way to a Sri Lankan victory during the second session. The turning point of the game was the 44th over of the innings, which was bowled by Ramesh Mendis. Mendis once again missed the hat trick, but managed to get three wickets within the space of his six balls of the 19th over, and West Indies were in deep trouble. Shai Hope had sparked that collapse. He tried to pull back, but hit the ball directly to square leg fielder Suranga Lakmal, who took a good catch. With the very next ball, Mendis had Roston Chase caught brilliantly by short leg fielder Oshada Fernando for a duck. Kyle Mayers averted the hat trick, but three balls later, Mayers gave a catch to Dhananjaya de Silva at slip and West Indies were 92 for 5 at that stage.

West Indies' low order collapsed with the last wicket of Jomel Warrican, giving a simple catch to slip Dhananjaya de Silva, and Sri Lanka sealed the game with a 164 run win.

Ramesh Mendis, who took 6 for 70 in the first innings, bagged 5 for 66 to finish with a match bag of eleven wickets. He was adjudged man of the series as he finished with 18 wickets in this series, with good support from leggie Embuldeniya, who finished with 5 for 35 and 13 wickets in the series. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was the highest run-scorer with 278 runs, followed by Dhananjaya de Silva, both of whom were able to make centuries. Dhananjaya de Silva was named man of the match for his fighting knock of 155 not out. The two test victories also helped Sri Lanka to collect 24 points at the ICC test championship, and Sri Lanka are now on top with this series' 2-0 victory in the test Championship points table.

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