2nd Test, Galle, November 29 - December 03, 2021, West Indies tour of Sri Lanka
204 & 345/9d
(T:297) 253 & 132

Sri Lanka won by 164 runs

Player Of The Match
155* & 5 catches
Player Of The Series
43 runs • 18 wkts
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Scores: Ranjith P | Comms: @himanshu_a30
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka 204/10(61.3 overs)
West Indies 253/10(104.2 overs)
Sri Lanka 345/9(121.4 overs)
West Indies 132/10(56.1 overs)

Phew, that ends another series win for Sri Lanka at home, the second of those coming after trailing at one stage. Meanwhile, despite the loss, West Indies will have positives to take back: wickets from Permaul and Warrican, and runs from Bonner. We now wrap up the tour, and thanks for your company throughout. This is Himanshu signing off on behalf of Karthik, Ranjith and Deiva. Stay safe, and take care!

Atanu Sen: "Sri Lanka have improved drastically since the failure of 2019 CWC. The team is going through rebuilding process its not easy for a team to bounce back after hard times. But credit should go to the team management for transforming this team into a great shape. Sri Lanka now can surely give a tough competition to other teams. It will be interesting to see how Sri Lanka perform in the overseas Congratulations to Sri Lanka on test series victory."

Simon: "Inexplicable that Mendis is not PoM"

Dimuth will now lift the Sobers-Tissera trophy from the man himself, Michael Tissera.

Here comes the winning captain Karunaratne: "The boys knew what to do in the conditions, especially Ramesh, Pathum and Dhananjaya. Pathum was very confident, and he was rotating the strike, which is what I expect. Hopefully, he can convert his fifties into the big scores. Oshada did a very hard job in the field. He was not scared. I want to lead from the front, and now I am looking forward to the next series against India. Mickey Arthur was a father to me. He was always there for me and the team. We are worried that he is leaving, but I wish him good luck for the future." [He now speaks in Sinhalese to thank the ground staff and the crowd]

The visiting captain Brathwaite speaks now: "Our batting in the first innings. We were in a good position. I should have got a big hundred, but we let ourselves down. We had a chance [when Sri Lanka's ninth-wicket stand put on hundred in the second innings]. It is not easy starting on this pitch, so it is important to bowl as well as possible. As batters, we need to do it for longer periods. If we can do that, the team can be in a better position."

But then, Ramesh Mendis is the Player of the Series: "Pleased that I was able to bowl my country to a win, and with the support from my coaches and the other spinners. I thank my coaches, and hard work is the secret of my success. I am more of a bowling bowling allrounder now, though I was more of a batting allrounder in domestic cricket."

Ramesh Mendis Dhananjaya de Silva is the Player of the Match: "Batsman can score when under pressure, and I enjoy it. I am working hard for these hundreds, and my father's blessings are on me. It was tough, the ball was turning when their spinners were bowling on good lines and lengths. We had to be safe, so we had to bat long. That was the plan. I want to mention about Mickey Arthur and Grant Flower for being with us."

Time for the presentations

Vijay: "If only Holder hadn't picked up that one wicket it would have been 39 out of 39 for the spinners" --- And the run-outs?

Ian: "Another SL win, another SL awesome performance, another performance to prove SL team is growing toward the glory days... SL cricket looking good. "

Manith: "What a come back by SL ! This is the best farewell match ever to a wonderful coach named Mickey Arthur who developed a team from zero to hero. Thanks a lot Mickey for everything! "

And in case we forgot, this was Mickey Arthur's final game in charge of the Sri Lanka side before he leaves for Derbyshire. A brilliant come-from-behind win to ensure he walks off with some nice celebrations in the dressing room.

Ronald Kirui: "as a west indies fan, honestly what kinda joke is this...each game is exactly the same debacle. Can this year end."

Sandeep: "Shout out to the guy who commented mid day yesterday that SL will score 310/9d, Windies will be bowled out for 120 and SL will win by 141. Not too far off buddy"

Meanwhile, here's a nice stat from Gaurav Sundararaman from the stats team: this is only the second time that two Sri Lanka spinners have taken five wickets each in a Test. The last such instance was against Zimbabwe, back in 2002.

Muzahid: "Embuldeniya dropped the catch to get his fifth xD"

2.39pm Another West Indies collapse, another West Indies loss and another disappointment. From 65 for 1 to 132 all out in the second innings, which followed 166 for 2 to 253 all out in the first. But take nothing away from Sri Lanka's spinners Mendis and Embuldeniya, and in particular the former, who finished with 11 in the game. Sri Lanka grabbed the opportunity of the pitch easing out yesterday with both hands, and led by DDS' 155*, set the tone for another win.

Embuldeniya to Warrican, OUT

He does, and both Embuldeniya and Mendis end with five each! Simple catch at first slip, and nabbed to round off the win. Gives the ball air to go full on off, as Warrican tried to clip that with an angled bat. But he ended up getting a leading edge right in the bag of slip, and bang! Sri Lanka wrap up a 2-0 series win

Jomel Warrican c de Silva b Embuldeniya 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 6m) SR: 100

Can Embuldeniya has his own five-for now?

Nick: "Waking up and seeing 81/2 didn't make sense, but this is a much more familiar sight. Can't wait to hear Braithwaite talk about the top and middle order needing to give more application in an hour."

end of over 563 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 132/9CRR: 2.35 
Joshua Da Silva4 (15b)
Jomel Warrican3 (2b)
Ramesh Mendis 25-6-66-5
Lasith Embuldeniya 20-6-35-4
Mendis to Da Silva, no run

fuller ball, and just outside off. Goes deep in the crease to tap at that

Mendis to Warrican, 1 run

and again. Goes to hoick that full ball on off, but gets that off the inside half of the bat to deep midwicket

Mendis to Warrican, 2 runs

dropped at deep midwicket! Embuldeniya the fielder there, leaving Mickey Arthur wodnering. Warrican presented the high elbow heave to the on side, as he lofted that full ball on middle and off with the full face of the bat, But safe in the end

Warrican is the last man in. Mendis from over the wicket

Mendis to Permaul, OUT

five for Mendis, but wait... Permaul reviews. How active has the third umpire been made to be today? Anyway, the ball is tossed up on a fullish length pitching outside off, and turning well into the batter, who is standing well across off while trying to tap that to the on side. But his bat around off stump as he misses, and so there is no inside edge there. And replays show the turn would have helped the ball clatter into middle stump. So Mendis has five, and 11 for the match so far

Veerasammy Permaul lbw b Mendis 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 20
Mendis to Permaul, no run

massive turn, and appreciable bounce too. Good length ball outside off and turning in as he misses his attempted slash

Mendis to Permaul, no run

skips down to try and block that full ball on middle and off, and defends off the inside edge on to his pad

Can Mendis get his fifth? Over the wicket to Permaul.

Shehan: "I'm very impressed with these two umpires decisions…"

end of over 555 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 129/8CRR: 2.34 
Veerasammy Permaul1 (2b)
Joshua Da Silva4 (14b)
Lasith Embuldeniya 20-6-35-4
Ramesh Mendis 24-6-63-4
Embuldeniya to Permaul, 1 run

clips that good length ball on middle and leg toward fine leg with the closed face of the bat

Embuldeniya to Permaul, no run

very full on middle, and he swings his bat with that big backlift to ultimately nudge it back

Permaul is in. Embuldeniya from around the wicket.

Embuldeniya to Roach, OUT

appeal for leg before, and given. But this Roach reviews. Another full ball given some air, but this one pitches on leg. Roach goes to sweep but misses, as the ball strikes his front pad after turning away. There is no edge there, and replays confirm the sharp turn: the ball landed just about on leg stump for a bowler's liking, and is shown to have turned away to hit off stump. West Indies sliding further

Kemar Roach lbw b Embuldeniya 13 (17b 3x4 0x6 20m) SR: 76.47
Embuldeniya to Roach, FOUR runs

heaved to wide long-on. Goes swinging at that full and tossed up ball on middle and off, and swings across the line to beat mid-on to his right. Tried to play against the turn as well

Embuldeniya to Roach, no run

very full on off - almost a yorker - as he jams that back toward cover

Lakshitha : "If Ramesh Mendis can improve his batting, he can play at number 7 in the long run, which will allow Sri Lanka to play 5 bowlers. Much like what India is doing currently."

Embuldeniya to Roach, no run

full ball outside off, and turning away. Roach lets that go

end of over 54Maiden
WI: 124/7CRR: 2.29 
Joshua Da Silva4 (14b)
Kemar Roach9 (13b 2x4)
Ramesh Mendis 24-6-63-4
Lasith Embuldeniya 19-6-30-3
Mendis to Da Silva, no run

shotish in length on off, and punched back from deep in the crease

Mendis to Da Silva, 4 byes

flight, turn and dip, and beats the batter as well as the keeper. Flighted full outside off, and turns in to beat Da Silva's attempted drive. Four byes as the ball goes over the stumps

Mendis to Da Silva, no run

similar length, but a better line. Closer to off on a short of a length, and defended to on the side

Mendis to Da Silva, no run

More appealing from Mendis - he almost gave everything there - but still couldn't convince the umpire. And guess what? Sri Lanka review again. Tossed up ball pitching well outside off, but spinning in sharply to it Da Silva's back thigh as he looked to push at that. But there was good bounce too, and while there is edge involved, replays confirm the ball would have gone over the stumps. Another review gone for the hosts

Mendis to Da Silva, no run

fullish ball on middle and off, and with good bounce. Dabbed toward backward short leg after opening up his stance

Mendis to Da Silva, no run

full on off and flatter too. Quicker ball as well, as he goes low to block

Malitha : "It's Very unfortunate that we can't watch this match live in Sri Lanka as there is a islandwide power cut here." --- So here we come to your rescue.

end of over 534 runs
WI: 120/7CRR: 2.26 
Kemar Roach9 (13b 2x4)
Joshua Da Silva4 (8b)
Lasith Embuldeniya 19-6-30-3
Ramesh Mendis 23-5-63-4
Embuldeniya to Roach, no run

gives the ball some air to go very full on off. Pushed to the man at cover

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
DM de Silva
155 runs (262)
11 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
22 runs
4 fours0 six
P Nissanka
73 runs (148)
5 fours1 six
Productive shot
straight drive
14 runs
2 fours1 six
Best performances - bowlers
RTM Mendis
L Embuldeniya
Match details
Galle International Stadium
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultSri Lanka won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2437
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days29,30 November 1,2,3 December 2021 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsSri Lanka 12, West Indies 0
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