Windies have got back to winning ways with a massive 226-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain. The Caribbeans are 1-0 ahead in three-match series.
Sri Lanka were set a target of 453 in the fourth innings to win the Test match. The visitors required 277 runs with seven wickets remaining on day five. Overnight batsman Kusal Mendis brought up his fifth Test ton, his first outside Asia. He was sent by a complete unplayable Shannon Gabriel delivery.
Mendis was the only standout batsman as he departed scoring 102 off 210 with 10 fours and 2 sixes.
Windies pace bowlers were lethal in the morning session. Sri Lanka managed only 46 runs in 26.2 runs with losing four wickets in the session. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who was retired hurt on day four, came out to bat after Mendis’ wicket. He threw his wicket away before lunch to Roston Chase by playing a big shot.
Windies needed another three wickets to wrap up Sri Lanka’s innings. Spinners Devendra Bishoo and Chase didn’t take much time to finish the game. The hosts knocked Sri Lanka for 226 runs in 83.2 overs to pull off a big 226-run win, their biggest win at Queen’s Park Oval.
This was Windies’ first Test win over Sri Lanka in ten years. The last time they won against the Lankans was in the Caribbean.
Off-spinners Chase scalped four wickets for 15 runs while wrist-spinner Bishoo took 3 for 48.
Windies 414/8d & 223/7d
Sri Lanka 185 & 226 allout in 83.2 overs (Mendis 102; Chase 4/15, Bishoo 3/48, Gabriel 2/52)
Windies won by 226 runs
Man of the Match: Shane Dowrich