COLOMBO: Nkrumah Bonner and Joshua Da Silva offered a brief resistance, but Sri Lanka flexed their rotational muscles to crush the West Indies by 187 points in the opening test on Thursday and take a 1-0 lead in the two-game series. .
Pursuing an unlikely victory goal of 348, the West Indies defeat was only a matter of time after finishing Matchday 4 with a precarious 52-6 score at Galle International Stadium.
Overnight drummers Bonner, who fell short of 68, and Da Silva forged a century-long stand to frustrate Sri Lanka amid a rain forecast for Thursday.
Once left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya (5-46) broke that stand by taking out Da Silva for 54, the West Indies crumbled into a heap.
Embuldeniya and his spin colleagues Ramesh Mendis and Praveen Jayawickrama shared 18 of the 20 counters in the West Indies.
“It’s a great test for me,” said home captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who was named man of the match for his 147 in Sri Lanka’s first leg with a total of 386.
“We have to keep up the good work and I have goals to achieve and I am happy that we are playing well as a unit.”
His counterpart Kraigg Brathwaite said the tourists were in the background after scoring 230 in their first rounds.
“I still think the score in the first set was important and we didn’t make it,” said the opener after the West Indies all missed 160 in their second set.
The second and final test is also scheduled in Galle from Monday. – Reuters