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1st Test, Providence, March 22 - 26, 2008, Sri Lanka tour of West Indies
476/8d & 240/7d
(T:437) 280 & 315

Sri Lanka won by 121 runs

Player Of The Match
54*, 3/48 & 5/61
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It was only fitting that a display of brilliance sealed the victory. There may have been a few jitters in the Sri Lankan camp after the stand between Bravo and Sarwan yesterday, when the coach talked about chasing down a record target. But Sri Lanka used all their experience and hung on. Vaas pegged away, got the important wicket of Chanderpaul and picked up his 12th five-wicket haul.

A couple of umpiring decisions were questionable but SL were the deserved winners.

Gayle has to be applauded for his heroic effort. Too bad he was left stranded. He worked to a plan to drop himself to No.6 and nearly justified it with a draw.

Here's Jayawardene at the presentation: "It was a terrific effort from just four specialist bowlers. It was also a terrific effort from those two guys (Vaas and Murali). We're trying to build a pool of 20 guys to pick from and the new guys have done extremely well to prove themselves."

Vaas is the for his 5 for 61 and 54*. He said: "I'm happy with the way I batted and bowled. Thilan Thushara bowled very well from the other end and supported me."

The best thing to come out of this match for Sri Lanka is Thushara. He got the ball to swing, in around and kept the top order in check. His over to Ramdin has to rank as the best of the match and his five wickets will undoubtedly guarantee him a few more games.

West Indies may contemplate a few changes for Trinidad. Those lining up for places are Ganga, Chattergoon, Jaggernauth and Edwards.

Thanks for your company through this Test. Thanks for all the mails and encouraging feedback. I thoroughly enjoyed bringing this game to you. On behalf of our scorer Chaminda de Silva, and Jamie Alter, this is Kanishkaa Balachandran signing off. Do join us for the Port of Spain Test starting April 3. Cheers!

Vaas to Powell, OUT

Amazing! simply astounding! You won't see better catches than that! Powell tries to scoop it over the infield on the off side, he doesn't get the desired elevation, Murali runs backwards at mid-off, he keeps his gaze at it and pulls off a blinder with his right-hand and falls over backwards. He hands onto it while he's still airborne. All ten of them crowd around him and Sri Lanka have won their first ever Test on West Indies soil and take a 1-0 lead in the series

Daren Powell c Muralidaran b Vaas 14 (13b 3x4 0x6 19m) SR: 107.69
Vaas to Powell, no run

slides a full delivery on the pads, he whips it wide of midwicket and turns down th single!

end of over 1064 runs
WI: 315/9CRR: 2.97 
Chris Gayle51 (131b 7x4 1x6)
Daren Powell14 (11b 3x4)
Thilan Thushara 17-2-70-2
Chaminda Vaas 22-7-61-4
Thushara to Gayle, no run

wasted delivery, bangs it in short and wide, he lets it go

Thushara to Gayle, no run

pitches outside off, no away movement to trouble him, left alone

Thushara to Gayle, FOUR runs

short, wide and slapped away with disdain past point and cover, that was all power, he brings up his fifty, what an ice-cool captain's innings this is

Thushara to Gayle, no run

full and wide outside off, Gayle goes for an expansive drive but drags it from outside off to mid-on

Thushara to Gayle, no run

pitches closer to the offstump, Gayle again safely lets it go

Thushara to Gayle, no run

pitches outside off and straightens, Gayle safely negotiates it

Thushara replaces Murali. Can he wrap it up?

end of over 1058 runs
WI: 311/9CRR: 2.96 
Daren Powell14 (11b 3x4)
Chris Gayle47 (125b 6x4 1x6)
Chaminda Vaas 22-7-61-4
Muthiah Muralidaran 45-6-112-3
Vaas to Powell, FOUR runs

sticks his bat out and just angles it wide of third slip and gully

Powell gets a bit of treatment on his arm

Vaas to Powell, no run

Have they got him?? Nope! Vaas bangs it in short, Powell goes forward instead of staying back, he's squared up by the bounce and tries to evade it, the ball lobs to Jayawardene at first slip, they all believe they've wrapped it up but Taufel shakes his head. Replays showed the ball hitting the forearm so a good decision

Vaas to Powell, no run

pushed back to the bowler, the crowd applaud

Vaas to Powell, FOUR runs

mighty close! Pitches outside off, Powell nibbles at it and gets a thin outside edge which just beats a diving Dilshan at second slip

Vaas to Powell, no run

pokes at it away from his body and the ball nearly rolls onto his stumps

Vaas to Powell, no run

close shout, he gets very close to the pad and gets a thin inside edge onto his pads

Tension here...Powell faces Vaas

end of over 1046 runs
WI: 303/9CRR: 2.91 
Chris Gayle47 (125b 6x4 1x6)
Daren Powell6 (5b 1x4)
Muthiah Muralidaran 45-6-112-3
Chaminda Vaas 21-7-53-4
Murali to Gayle, SIX runs

effortless... flighted on off and middle, Gayle stays at the crease and lofts through the line with ease straight over the bowler's head

Murali to Gayle, no run

gets a big stride forward and pushes to cover

Murali to Gayle, no run

gets forward and pushes back to the bowler

Murali to Gayle, no run

flighted outside off, he shoulders arms

Murali to Gayle, no run

slides down the legside, he pads it off down the legside

Murali to Gayle, no run

comes round the wicket, he lunges forward and pads it away

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