Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    113.6 Samuels strikes, no double-century for Karunaratne. Soft, soft, dimissal just seven minutes before lunch. Pushed through short outside off, Karunaratne wants to punch/force it away off the back foot through the off side but ends up lobbing it back to the bowler who moves to his left and snaffles it 339/3
    17.6 Roach comes back and has Silva nicking behind to break the opening partnership. Teasing full length, angled in close to the off stump. Silva prods from the crease and edges it to Ramdin. Roach reaps reward for disciplined bowling 56/1
    40.6 Taken on the rebound. Bravo would be relieved. Bishoo strikes to remove Thirimanne. Spins back in, the batsman skips down the track and hacks it in the air off the inner half of the bat. The fielder (Chandrika) at short midwicket leaps and pouches it on the second attempt after parrying it... 101/2
    133.4 Chandimal picks out extra cover. He can't get to his 200 either. Good length and outside off, Chandimal plays on the up, and drives it into the lap of Blackwood who makes no mistake here 425/4
    141.1 Holder strikes first ball after tea to dismiss his opposite number. Undone by the short ball. Mathews is left in a tangle as he hops and aims to work it to the leg side. He pops it in the air off a leading edge as Holder runs in from his follow through and completes a smart catch 448/6
    135.2 Two in two for Taylor. He plugs away outside off and snatches the outside edge. Full and moves away outside off as Siriwardana hangs his bat out and nicks off for 1 427/5
    149.4 dragged on. Gabriel has some success. Full ball outside off, Kusal aims to wallop it over the covers but does not get enough bat on it. He can only play on off a thick inside edge. The middle stump is tilted back 475/9
    148.4 West Indies hold onto a catch. Impressively flighted and outside off, Prasad pushes without much feet movement and feeds an outside edge to Holder at first slip 467/7
    148.5 Full and straight, trapped in front. Umpire Illingworth's finger goes up. Herath does not connect with the sweep and is struck on the back pad. The tracker shows that it would have hit off 467/8
    not out
    152.3 Pradeep holes out to deep midwicket as Sri Lanka have been bowled out for 484. Bishoo pushes another short ball, Pradeep wants to launch it out of Galle but does not connect well enough. He mis-hits a pull and Gabriel settles under it in the deep 484/10
    20 (b 4, lb 5, nb 6, w 5)
    484 all out (152.3 Overs, RR: 3.17)
    Fall of wickets: 1-56 (Kaushal Silva, 17.6 ov), 2-101 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 40.6 ov), 3-339 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 113.6 ov), 4-425 (Dinesh Chandimal, 133.4 ov), 5-427 (Milinda Siriwardana, 135.2 ov), 6-448 (Angelo Mathews, 141.1 ov), 7-467 (Dhammika Prasad, 148.4 ov), 8-467 (Rangana Herath, 148.5 ov), 9-475 (Kusal Perera, 149.4 ov), 10-484 (Nuwan Pradeep, 152.3 ov)
    JE Taylor2046523.2505
    KAJ Roach1935713.0000
    JO Holder2143611.7100
    ST Gabriel2027613.8011
    MN Samuels2748413.1100
    D Bishoo40.3214343.5300
    KC Brathwaite501402.8000
    7.3 Herath gets Brathwaite now. Arm-ball, Brathwaite plays down the wrong line and is rapped on the back pad in front of middle and off. No question about this, it looked pretty adjacent 33/1
    15.1 bowled'em. Another beauty from Herath as he cleans up the other opener too. He generously flights this, gets it to drift and turn ever so slightly past the outside edge of Hope's crooked prod to strike the top of off 49/2
    45.2 cracker of a catch from Chandimal. Tossed up and wide outside off, Bravo does not middle it. He drags it off the inside half of the bat... he seemed safe until Chandimal flew to his right from short midwicket and pulled off a stunning one-handed catch. Bravo throws his head back in despair. He has tossed it away 132/5
    23.6 Herath has his man now. Darted short and way down the leg side, Samuels wants to smite it over midwicket after getting his front foot across the leg stump but to no avail. The ball deflects off the inside of the left thigh and disturbs the leg stump. The bail gets tipped off 70/3
    36.2 Blackwood nicks off to slip. Juggle, juggle, and caught. The umpires check for a possible no ball. Prasad looks okay. Back of a length and outside off with some extra bounce, Blackwood goes for an ill-advised jab away from the body and edges it. Siriwardana moves to his left, juggles, and holds on 111/4
    58.1 Ramdin edges behind. Loose, loose shot. Back of a length and outside off, Ramdin slashes a cut and feeds a simple catch to Kusal 171/7
    54.4 and that's Prasad's riposte. Full and largely holds its line outside off, Holder is stuck to the crease as he pokes and edges it behind to Kusal 165/6
    81.5 Kusal whips the bails off. Flighted and biting turn outside off, leaving Roach prodding and missing. Roach, who had lunged forward, can't drag his back foot back in time. The back foot is on the line and Roach has to go. The TV umpire confirms it as well. Sharp work from Kusal. Herath claims his 23rd five-for. He now has a five-wicket haul against every Test nation he has played against... 251/9
    68.2 Some joy for Kaushal. Flighted and inviting outside off, Taylor goes for a big drive and has to settle with an outside edge that is held easily by Mathews now at slip. He moves to his right and takes it 217/8
    not out
    81.6 Herath cleans Gabriel up. Gabriel is the only West Indies batsman to have not passed double-figures. Looped up and drifts in, Gabriel aims a slog and fails to connect. Herath, though, hits the stumps 251/10
    19 (b 5, lb 6, nb 7, w 1)
    251 all out (82 Overs, RR: 3.06)
    Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 7.3 ov), 2-49 (Shai Hope, 15.1 ov), 3-70 (Marlon Samuels, 23.6 ov), 4-111 (Jermaine Blackwood, 36.2 ov), 5-132 (Darren Bravo, 45.2 ov), 6-165 (Jason Holder, 54.4 ov), 7-171 (Denesh Ramdin, 58.1 ov), 8-217 (Jerome Taylor, 68.2 ov), 9-251 (Kemar Roach, 81.5 ov), 10-251 (Shannon Gabriel, 81.6 ov)
    KTGD Prasad1563822.5300
    N Pradeep1545613.7311
    HMRKB Herath3396862.0600
    PHT Kaushal1446514.6406
    TAM Siriwardana521302.6000
    23.3 Herath gets Brathwaite lbw, again. Umpire Erasmus gives it out. The batsman reviews it. Drifts in on middle, Brathwaite plays down the wrong line and is hit below the knee roll on the front pad. The impact is in line and the ball would have rattled the leg stump 60/2
    9.6 maiden Test wicket for Siriwardana. Pushed through and turns outside off, Hope seeks to force it away on the leg side, poor shot selection. He only drags it onto the middle stump off a thick inside edge 18/1
    34.6 West Indies are sliding quickly. Full tempter, which angled in, and straightens as Bravo has a leaden-footed waft at it and edges it behind to Kusal 88/5
    31.1 Herath stuck in his second over yesterday; he strikes in his third over today. Pushed through flat and outside off, Bishoo wants to cut it away but he has to settle with a thickish edge, which is snapped up by Mathews, moving to his left and taking it with both hands. Sharp reflexes and the nightwatchman is gone... 74/3
    31.2 Samuels now has to depart for a first-ball duck. Herath produces a double-strike. Samuels has been given out lbw, he goes for a review more out of wild hope rather than conviction. Arm-ball from Herath, snakes in with the angle, Samuels, who hangs back, offers no stroke and is rapped on the back pad in front of off 74/4
    68.3 Prasad finishes the job. Sri Lanka win by an innings and six runs! Blackwood holes out. Length and outside off, the batsman uses his feet and carves it to deep cover 227/10
    47.1 Silva plucks it out. Dangled up and spins outside off, Ramdin throws his hands at a drive and edges it to second slip, where Silva hangs onto the fast-travelling ball 136/6
    59.6 quick work from Mathews, again! Holder comes a long way down the track, targets the leg-side gap and does not connect. Off the pad and pops to first slip. Mathews bends forward, pouches the ball, and nails the stumps down with an over-arm throw 172/7
    61.2 Herath hangs it in the air and gets turn outside off, Roach has a whoosh and misses. He is out stumped in the second innings too. His back foot is on the line. There is nothing grounded behind the line. Herath has extended his match tally 10 178/8
    62.4 Sri Lanka close in. Full and comes in, Taylor sits back and is smacked on the back pad in front of middle. Umpire Illingworth's forefinger goes up. It would have crashed into middle 189/9
    not out
    8 (lb 3, nb 3, w 2)
    227 all out (f/o) (68.3 Overs, RR: 3.31)
    Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Shai Hope, 9.6 ov), 2-60 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 23.3 ov), 3-74 (Devendra Bishoo, 31.1 ov), 4-74 (Marlon Samuels, 31.2 ov), 5-88 (Darren Bravo, 34.6 ov), 6-136 (Denesh Ramdin, 47.1 ov), 7-172 (Jason Holder, 59.6 ov), 8-178 (Kemar Roach, 61.2 ov), 9-189 (Jerome Taylor, 62.4 ov), 10-227 (Jermaine Blackwood, 68.3 ov)
    KTGD Prasad9.332822.9422
    HMRKB Herath2257943.5900
    N Pradeep1412812.0000
    TAM Siriwardana1216025.0000
    PHT Kaushal1132902.6301

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

14,15,16,17 October 2015 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Wed, 14 Oct - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 250/2 (FDM Karunaratne 135*, LD Chandimal 72*, 90 ov)
  • Thu, 15 Oct - day 2 - West Indies 1st innings 66/2 (DM Bravo 15*, MN Samuels 7*, 21 ov)
  • Fri, 16 Oct - day 3 - West Indies 2nd innings 67/2 (DM Bravo 20*, D Bishoo 6*, 27 ov)
  • Sat, 17 Oct - day 4 - West Indies 2nd innings 227 (68.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Promising start


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


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


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


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


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


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

good track record


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


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


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


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


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