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West Indies’ total surrender in front of Sri Lanka, victory by 187 runs in Galle Test, ahead of Team India in WTC

Sri Lanka bundled out West Indies’ second innings for just 160 runs. (Photo: PTI)

After a better performance in the T20 World Cup 2021, the Sri Lankan team is now looking good in Test cricket as well. Sri Lanka started off with a landslide victory in their very first Test match in the ICC World Test Championship. Sri Lanka, led by Dimuth Karunaratne, thrashed West Indies by 187 runs in the first Test of the two-match series. On the last day of this match played in Galle, Sri Lanka bundled out West Indies’ second innings for just 160 runs and won the match. With this, Sri Lanka opened its account with 12 points in the points table of the World Test Championship (WTC Points Table) and also took the first place, leaving India behind. At the same time, the West Indies cricket team reached the bottom.

Sri Lanka had captured this match on the fourth day of the Galle Test. West Indies had to score 348 runs in two days to win in the second innings, but the spin pair of Lasith Ambuldeniya and Ramesh Mendis had sealed the defeat of West Indies in just 12 overs for Sri Lanka. Together, in the second innings of West Indies, they had rolled 6 wickets for just 18 runs in the first 12 overs. Since then, there was a possibility of West Indies getting out before 50 runs on Wednesday itself, but two batsmen stuck their peg for the team and saved them from the embarrassing situation.

Bonner-DaSilva’s century partnership saved the honor

For the team, batsman Nkrumah Bonner, who came at number three and wicket-keeper batsman Joshua Dasilva, who came at number eight, took over the team and took the team to 52 runs by the end of the day’s play. Both of them carried forward this partnership with the hope of some miracle on the last day and against all the expectations slowly took the team beyond 100 runs. During this, DaSilva soon completed his half-century and made a century partnership for the seventh wicket with Bonner. He was dismissed for 50 and West Indies somehow pulled out the first session.

In the second session, Bonner also completed his half-century and took over the team along with spinner Rahkim Cornwall, but Praveen Jayavikrama made Cornwall his victim and soon the remaining two wickets were also reduced. Bonner returned unbeaten after playing a belligerent innings of 68 runs in 220 balls. Ambuldeniya (46/5) and Ramesh Mendis (4/64) became the heroes of victory for Sri Lanka.

Runs came off Dimuth Karunaratne’s bat

Sri Lanka scored 386 runs in the first innings in this Test match which started on 21 November. Captain Dimuth played a tremendous innings of 147 runs for the team. In response, the Windies team could only score 230 runs. Sri Lanka, declaring their second innings on the score of 191/4, gave a target of 348 to the West Indies. Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who played an innings of 147 and 83 in the match, was adjudged the player of the match.

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