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1st Test, Galle, Oct 14 - 17 2015, West Indies tour of Sri Lanka
(68.3 ov)(f/o) 251 & 227
Sri Lanka won by an innings and 6 runs
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• The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Magical Herath spins Sri Lanka to innings win

Rangana Herath picked up his fifth 10-wicket match haul in Tests as Sri Lanka wrapped up victory by an innings and six runs inside the second session of day four

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Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka484/10(152.3 overs)1st INNINGS
West Indies251/10(82 overs)1st INNINGS
West Indies227/10(68.3 overs)2nd INNINGS

2:15pm: That is all we have for you. Do read Karthik's report and look out for analyses from Andrew. Be back for the second Test, starting Thursday. Until then, goodbye.

Mathews: "We have had some individual brilliance. Dimuth Karunaratne got his highest score, Chandimal played well and Herath was outstanding. You can't have him out of the Galle Test. He [Siriwardana] was useful and he is a top-order batter. He is a useful allrounder for us."

Holder: "We had a lot of things to learn. We did not put enough runs and struggled. We had chances and we din't take them. Hopefully, we can set things right in the next game. We have to be a lot more confident and decisive against Herath. We are a pretty young team. Hopefully, we can come up with a better show in the next Test."

Herath, the Man of the Match: "Galle is where I started my career. There is something for me and all spinners. I wish I can reach the 300-mark this series."

2:05pm: Time for the presentation

Bharath Seervi: "Herath has taken 10 wickets in a match 5 times since Muralitharan's retirement in Tests - Most by any bowler. "

1:55pm: Prasad plucks out a stump as a souvenir. Herath has a big smile as the fans jive and dance. He now has a chat with Bishoo and Warrican.

Herath has been at the forefront of the win, claiming his third 10-for in Galle and fifth overall. He began the day with a double-strike, nipping out nightwatchman Bishoo and Samuels. Pradeep and Siriwardana also pitched in but Blackwood slowed Sri Lanka's charge with a punchy 92.... Prasad then put the seal on the win inside the second session on the fourth day. Do stick around for the presentation.

68.3
W
Prasad to Blackwood, OUT

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

Jermaine Blackwood c Silva b Prasad 92 (169m 135b 10x4 3x6) SR: 68.14
68.3
1w
Prasad to Blackwood, 1 wide

Blackwood steps down the track, Prasad bangs a bouncer outside off. Far too high and wide called

68.2
Prasad to Blackwood, no run

too full and straight, worked through midwicket. Blackwood farms the strike

68.1
Prasad to Blackwood, no run

short and on off, Blackwood keeps back and fends it onto the pitch

Mathews turns to Prasad.

end of over 686 runs
WI: 226/9CRR: 3.32 
Shannon Gabriel7 (13)
Jermaine Blackwood92 (132)
Rangana Herath22-5-79-4
Nuwan Pradeep14-1-28-1
67.6
Herath to Gabriel, no run
67.5
2
Herath to Gabriel, 2 runs

flat and on off, dragged to cow corner for two

67.4
Herath to Gabriel, no run

fullish and on middle, kept out again

67.3
Herath to Gabriel, no run

flighted and drifts in, defended

67.2
4
Herath to Gabriel, FOUR runs

slides on outside off, slogged away to deep midwicket

67.1
Herath to Gabriel, no run

tossed up and drifts in, Gabriel manages an inside edge onto the pad and weathers an lbw appeal

Vicky: "Come on, Blackwood! Make SL bat again.. Super knock so far."

end of over 675 runs
WI: 220/9CRR: 3.28 
Jermaine Blackwood92 (132)
Shannon Gabriel1 (7)
Nuwan Pradeep14-1-28-1
Rangana Herath21-5-73-4

Time for some hydration.

66.6
4
Pradeep to Blackwood, FOUR runs

another lifting ball outside off, Blackwood ramps it over lone slip, deep third man is beaten and Blackwood motors into the 90s

66.5
Pradeep to Blackwood, no run

another bouncer down leg, Blackwood sinks under it

66.4
1
Pradeep to Gabriel, 1 run

pretty full and curls in, Gabriel jabs and gets a thick inside edge behind square

66.3
Pradeep to Gabriel, no run

short and on off, tentatively blocked back

66.2
Pradeep to Gabriel, no run

good length and swerves in, Gabriel manages an inside edge onto the pad

66.1
Pradeep to Gabriel, no run

bouncer down leg, ducked under

Pradeep has a crack at the No.11.

end of over 6616 runs
WI: 215/9CRR: 3.25 
Jermaine Blackwood88 (130)
Shannon Gabriel0 (3)
Rangana Herath21-5-73-4
Nuwan Pradeep13-1-23-1

Blackwood swipes his bat onto the turf. He wanted the strike...

Rakesh: "Lovely innings by Blackwood. I do hope he keep's attacking Herath and others and gets a century. At least WI can take something positive from this Test."

65.6
4
Herath to Blackwood, FOUR runs

slid through outside off, Blackwood manufactures a bit of room and carves it over the covers for four

65.5
6
Herath to Blackwood, SIX runs

Herath pushes this through, Blackwood jumps down the track and slams it over for a six, clearing long-on

65.4
Herath to Blackwood, no run

an appeal for a catch. Mathews seems confident. Umpire Erasmus refers it to the third umpire. Drifting outside leg, Blackwood aims for a sweep and misses. The ball loops off the flap of the front pad and settles into Mathews' hands. No bat involved.

65.3
6
Herath to Blackwood, SIX runs

flighted on middle, Blackwood steps away outside leg and launches it straight down the ground

Best performances - batters
Dimuth Karunaratne portrait
FDM Karunaratne
186 runs (354)
16 fours
1 six
Control94%
Productive shot
on drive
42 runs
3 fours
1 six
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Dinesh Chandimal portrait
LD Chandimal
151 runs (298)
16 fours
2 sixes
Control94%
Productive shot
cut shot
25 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Rangana Herath portrait
HMRKB Herath
O
33
M
9
R
68
W
6
ECO
2.06
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Devendra Bishoo
D Bishoo
O
40.3
M
2
R
143
W
4
ECO
3.53
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
Match details
Galle International Stadium
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesWest Indies tour of Sri Lanka
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Rangana Herath
Rangana Herath
Series resultSri Lanka led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2181
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days14,15,16,17 October 2015 - day(5-day match)
Test debut
Milinda Siriwardana
Milinda Siriwardana
Umpires
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Marais Erasmus
England Image
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Simon Fry
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match Referee
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David Boon