Sri Lanka vs West Indies: Ramesh Mendis and Lasith Embuldeniya put hosts on track for first test win | Cricket News

The spinners put skids under the West Indies after Sri Lanka declared their second set closed in 191-4, leaving tourists an unlikely 348 points up for grabs; West Indies have to beat on last day to pull the test, but Sri Lanka only needs four wickets for victory

Last update: 11/24/21 2:36 p.m.

Spinner Ramesh Mendis has numbers 4-18 in second inning for Sri Lanka

Spinner Ramesh Mendis has numbers 4-18 in second inning for Sri Lanka

The West Indies collapsed to 18-6 in their second set before ending day four of the first test with a loss to Sri Lanka at Galle.

Spin bowlers Ramesh Mendis (4-17) and Lasith Embuldeniya (2-18) took their toll to leave tourists 52-6 on stumps after the West Indies got 348 points to win.

Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne continued his first 147 innings with 83 before his side declared 191-4 with Angelo Mathews 69 not struck out.

The West Indies second innings collapse began when Mendis trapped West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite lbw without scoring in the fourth.

Mathews made a brilliant capture by diving forward halfway to clear Jermaine Blackwood (9) from the left arm spinner Embuldeniya.

When Mendis knocked down Jason Holder with the first ball he faced with a delivery that continued straight, the West Indies fell to 18-6.

Nkrumah Bonner (18 not withdrawn) and Joshua Da Silva (15 not withdrawn) shared an unbroken total of 34 points for the seventh wicket when the game ended early due to poor light.

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