Sri Lanka have won the low-scoring third Test against Windies by four wickets on the fourth day at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. The three-match series have ended at 1-1. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ শ্রীলঙ্কার জয়ের বাংলাদেশের স্বস্তি]
Sri Lanka were set a target of 144 runs by the Windies on day three. The visitors were 81/5 at stumps. Jason Holder kept the Caribbeans’ hopes alive with his best bowling figures (9/60) in a Test match.
In the first over of the fourth morning, Holder sent back set batsman Kusal Mendis for 25 to pick up his second five-wicket haul, his ninth wicket in the match. With six down for 81, Dilruwan Perera was joined by injured Kusal Perera.
The two Pereras put on unbroken 63-run partnership to seal victory. Kusal Perera scored 28* runs from 43 balls. Dilruwan Perera made unbeaten 68-ball 23. Sri Lanka reached their target in 40.2 overs.
Earlier in the match, Windies posted 204 runs on board after winning the toss. Sri Lanka made 154 in their first innings. The hosts were bundled out for only 93 runs in their second innings after getting a 60-run lead. A total of 20 wickets fell on the third day, the most in a day’s play in the Caribbean.
Holder was named Man of the Match for his nine wickets. Shane Dowrich was the Man of the Series. The Windies have drawn a Test series at home after three years.
Bangladesh are next to face Windies. They are still ranked eighth following Sri Lanka’s win. Windies would’ve been moved up to No.8 if they had won the series. Currently the gap between Bangladesh and Windies are not much with three-point difference. The Tigers will look to consolidate their position by winning the two-match series against Windies.
Windies 204 and 93
Sri Lanka 154 and 144/6 in 40.2 overs (K Perera 28, K Mendis 25; Holder 5/41, Roach 1/33)
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets
Man of the Match: Jason Holder
Man of the Series: Shane Dowrich
ICC Test team rankings:
1. India – 125 points
2. South Africa – 112 points
3. Australia – 106 points
4. New Zealand – 102 points
5. England – 97 points
6. Sri Lanka – 91 points
7. Pakistan – 88 points
8. Bangladesh – 75 points
9. Windies – 72 points
10. Zimbabwe – 2 points