Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 4

744dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Holder rues fielding lapses in innings defeat

West Indies captain Jason Holder was complimentary of his attack's disciplined but held the sloppy fielding most responsible for his team's innings defeat in Galle

744dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

'Rangana can play few more years' - Mathews

Tharindu Kaushal's indifferent outing at Galle raised concerns over whether he could become Rangana Herath's spin-bowling successor, but Herath himself could still play for some time yet

Day 3

744dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Herath masterclass leaves West Indies reeling

Rangana Herath bowled Sri Lanka into a formidable position in the Galle Test, picking up a six-wicket haul to force West Indies to follow on before striking late in the final session to dismiss Kraigg Brathwaite

Day 2

744dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Herath restores Sri Lanka dominance

Rangana Herath bowled Sri Lanka back into the dominant position achieved by their top order and squandered somewhat by a collapse that cost them their last seven wickets for 59 runs

Day 1

744dShiva Jayaraman

Chandimal extends purple patch

Statistical highlights from the first day's play of the first Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Galle

744dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Sri Lanka roll out the old Galle welcome

Sri Lanka used to show tourists the delights of the Galle Coast and then impose big, bruising wins upon them. They have lost that knack, although a hundred from Dimuth Karunaratne was a reminder of old times

Others

744dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Ambrose wants short, intense spells from WI quicks

West Indies' seamers bring more wickets and experience to this series than their counterparts, but will still have to deliver brief, intense spells to be successful in Sri Lanka, bowling coach Curtly Ambrose has said

744dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Mathews backs Thirimanne to deliver at No. 3

A move to No. 3 may help end Lahiru Thirimanne's lean trot, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has said ahead of the first Test against West Indies in Galle

Promising start

7

Fifty-plus scores by Blackwood in Tests including this one. He's got one fifty-plus score in 7 of the 11 Tests he has played.

Bogey Team

9.85

Samuels' ave in Tests against SL - his duck in this Test was his 8th single-digit score against them in 15 inns.

Ran-galle Herath

8

Five-wicket hauls by Herath in Galle - only one other bowler - Muralitharan - has taken more five-fors at a single venue. Botham also took 8 at Lord's.

Bottom heavy

3

No. of consecutive Test inns in which WI's 7th or lower wickets have put on the highest stand, including this inns.

can hang around

103

The longest in terms of balls played Kemar Roach has batted in a Test innings. WI will need an encore from him.

A Handy no.7

34.54

Holder's batting ave in Tests. He has made once century and two fifties in eight Tests before this.

good track record

3

No. of fifties Bravo has made in just four innings in Sri Lanka before this one. He averages 68.66 in this country

Marlon's Bogey Team

10.58

Marlon Samuels' batting ave in Tests against SL from 13 inns before this one. He's made 127 runs including one fifty against them.

Firing together

2010

Last time before this two or more Sri Lanka batsmen made 150-plus in a Test inns. Mahela and Sanga against India at the SSC.

Opening high

120

The previous highest by a SL opener against WI in Tests, by Malinda Warnapura in 2008. Karunaratne has bettered that score in this innings.

Karunaratne's highest in Galle

79

Karunaratne's previous highest in Galle, which came against Pakistan earlier this year. He has now bettered that.