result
1st Test, Galle, Nov 21 - 25 2021, West Indies tour of Sri Lanka
386 & 191/4d
(target 348)230 & 160
Sri Lanka won by 187 runs
Player Of The Match
147 & 83
dimuth-karunaratne
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• Andrew Fidel Fernando

Embuldeniya five-for helps Sri Lanka beat looming rain and West Indies

Sri Lanka's spinners were made to toil on day five, bowling 48.3 overs for the last four wickets

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka386/10(133.5 overs)1st INNINGS
West Indies230/10(85.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka191/4(40.5 overs)2nd INNINGS
West Indies160/10(79 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 79Wicket maiden
WI: 160/10CRR: 2.02 
Nkrumah Bonner68 (220)
Lasith Embuldeniya 29-12-46-5
Ramesh Mendis 31-5-64-4

2.22pm That's all we have from this Test, a day five finish after a couple of collapses, some rain, and a lot of wickets to spin. Do join us again in four days from now for the second Test, at the same venue. And if you're hungry for more Test cricket, hop over to India vs New Zealand going on in Kanpur. For now, it's goodbye from us, this is Vishal Dikshit signing off.

KGG: "It's a shame that Ramesh Mendis couldn't get his maiden five wicket haul. How cruel the fortune is as he made the havoc for WI batters, but couldn't take a single wicket of a tailender. The expression when Nissanka dropped Joshua's catch showed how he dreamt of a five-fer. "

We have the presentation finally...

Karunaratne is also the Player of the Match: Great Test for me after very long I was playing Test cricket. It's a good game, none of us played a four-day game after the last Test (in April) so it was a job well done. Our youngsters are getting the experience and we needed someone like Angelo Mathews and Chandimal for these conditions, and our young spinners have done a good job, even our fast bowlers. We didn't know how the wicket was going to behave because it had been raining for the last few months but we have some idea now and we'll decide the playing XI for the second game later. When you play well, you need to carry on. I've been working hard for the last few years and I have some targets to achieve, so I'm working towards those.

Brathwaite: I thought Joshua and Bonner, the way they fought from yesterday evening, was tremendous. I always believe first innings total is important, and then build pressure. Sri Lanka skipper played well. It was important for us to get close to their score. (Toss is) crucial but at the end of the day you've to to play good cricket. Gabriel getting two wickets, Roston getting five, we were decent, they batted well but our batting let us down.

It is, by the way, raining heavily in Galle now. Started only about five minutes after the last wicket, and that might be delaying the presentation.

1.48pm Embuldeniya takes his fourth five-for in Tests and it was Mendis who wrecked the batting order much more, starting with the big wicket of Brathwaite. Sri Lanka didn't even use Lakmal this innings, because they knew their spinners would be enough, and they'll be happy that's how it turned out to be because rain was always around the corner here. There was, in fact, a lot of rain forecast for days four and five, and Sri Lanka are lucky that somehow changed. West Indies, not so lucky, and their batting also has a lot of work to do, especially their top five-six because they can't rely on Holder, Joshua and Cornwall to rescue them all the time. Not surprisingly, they lost 19 of their 20 wickets to spinners, but they can't be doing it without scoring much. 100 for 6 in the first innings and 18 for 6 in the second is what they have to work on.

Moiz: "This win would be dedicated to Mickey Arthur. He has done a fantabulous job in grooming youngsters and giving them proper chances. Sad that he will be leaving Sri Lanka after this series."

Ahnaf Adnan Kha: "Feel Sad for Bonner."

1.42pm Celebrations all around for Sri Lanka, the band comes on, handshakes all around in the dressing room and a big smile on Mickey Arthur's face who comes down the stairs. A win by 187 runs then, even though it got delayed by a wonderful fight back from Joshua Da Silva, Bonner and Cornwall (who also threw his wicket away). Bonner remains unbeaten on 68 and what an innings it has been for him. West Indies have had batting issues in recent times, but this innings will give their top four some confidence.

78.6
W
L Embuldeniya to Gabriel, OUT

edged and taken at slip, Sri Lanka wrap up the big win! Mendis remains on four and Embuldeniya takes five. Pitched it shorter on off, Gabriel went back to defend and the ball turned to take a thick outside edge to slip

Shannon Gabriel c de Silva b Embuldeniya 0 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
78.5
L Embuldeniya to Gabriel, no run

half an appeal from someone as Gabriel goes low and blocks the full ball on off stump

78.4
L Embuldeniya to Gabriel, no run

presses forward and blocks it to silly point

A short cover comes in as well

78.3
L Embuldeniya to Gabriel, no run

flighted on leg stump, he blocks again with his head down

78.2
L Embuldeniya to Gabriel, no run

waits for the ball and taps it on off from length

78.1
L Embuldeniya to Gabriel, no run

goes low and blocks it on the leg side from off

Fans eagerly standing on the grass banks to celebrate. Two slips, a silly point, a short leg

end of over 784 runs
WI: 160/9CRR: 2.05 
Nkrumah Bonner68 (220)
Shannon Gabriel0 (0)
Ramesh Mendis 31-5-64-4
Lasith Embuldeniya 28-11-46-4

That still means Gabriel will be on strike

77.6
4
Mendis to Bonner, FOUR runs

he dances down the track instead, the field is in, and he slams that down the ground for a four

Last ball, will he go for a single?

77.5
Mendis to Bonner, no run

quicker and flatter, but with turn, Bonner defends it just in time

77.4
Mendis to Bonner, no run

stays back in the crease and defends it again

77.3
Mendis to Bonner, no run

turning in a bit from length, Bonner presents the straight bat to block

77.2
Mendis to Bonner, no run

covers the stumps nicely and blocks it back

77.1
Mendis to Bonner, no run

stays back and defends the ball to leg

Gabriel the No. 11. He won't be on strike though

end of over 773 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 156/9CRR: 2.02 
Nkrumah Bonner64 (214)
Lasith Embuldeniya 28-11-46-4
Ramesh Mendis 30-5-60-4
76.6
W
L Embuldeniya to Warrican, OUT

big appeal for a catch from all around the batter, Dharmasena waits before nodding and raises his finger. Warrican asks for a review and there's a big inside edge and he was taken by silly point. Warrican has a smile on his face while walking back

Jomel Warrican c Fernando b Embuldeniya 1 (21m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 4.76
76.5
L Embuldeniya to Warrican, no run

covers the stumps and blocks it back again

76.4
1
L Embuldeniya to Bonner, 1 run

works this full ball against the turn to long-on for one

76.3
L Embuldeniya to Bonner, no run
76.2
2
L Embuldeniya to Bonner, 2 runs

a thick edge goes past slip and now there's a run-out chance! Bonner wanted to flick it to leg but it wasn't that full, and the ball turned enough before reaching him to take the edge and go behind square. They came back for two, and Bonner dragged his bat nicely to make it easily

76.1
L Embuldeniya to Bonner, no run

blocks the full ball into the off side

It's still overcast

end of over 762 runs
WI: 153/8CRR: 2.01 
Jomel Warrican1 (19)
Nkrumah Bonner61 (210)
Ramesh Mendis 30-5-60-4
Lasith Embuldeniya 27-11-43-3
75.6
Mendis to Warrican, no run

goes low on the last ball to block the length ball to off

75.5
Mendis to Warrican, no run

lovely flight at 80kmh, on length, draws him forward and Warrican does well to keep it down

Best performances - batters
Dimuth Karunaratne portrait
FDM Karunaratne SL
147 runs (300)
15 fours
0 six
Control86%
Productive shot
flick
43 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Dimuth Karunaratne portrait
FDM Karunaratne SL
83 runs (104)
9 fours
0 six
Control82%
Productive shot
flick
25 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Lasith Embuldeniya portrait
L Embuldeniya SL
O
29
M
12
R
46
W
5
ECO
1.58
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W2W2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Roston Chase player portrait
RL Chase WI
O
28.5
M
3
R
83
W
5
ECO
2.87
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Galle International Stadium
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesWest Indies tour of Sri LankaICC World Test Championship
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne
Series resultSri Lanka led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2434
Hours of play (local time)10.45 start, Lunch 12.45-13.25, Tea 15.25-15.45, Close 17:45
Match days21,22,23,24,25 November 2021 - day (5-day match)
Player Replacement
Shai Hope for Jeremy Solozano (Sri Lanka 1st innings, 116.1 ov)
Test debut
Jeremy Solozano
Jeremy Solozano
Umpires
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Kumar Dharmasena
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Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
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Raveendra Wimalasiri
Reserve Umpire
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Lyndon Hannibal
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
PointsSri Lanka 12, West Indies 0
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