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Spin twins Embuldeniya and Mendis run through West Indies

West Indies Tour of Sri Lanka 2021

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Lasith Embuldeniya and Ramesh Mendis picked up 5 wickets a piece as the visitors slumped from 90/2 to 132 all out, losing 8 wickets in the post-lunch session.

Team Sri Lanka decided to bat on despite coming into the final day with a lead of 279, taking the opportunity to use the heavy roller on the surface. They added just 18 runs to the overnight score before Lasith Embuldeniya was dismissed for 39 and Dimuth Karunaratne decided to call in the troops.

Embuldeniya and Dhananjaya de Silva (155*) went past the record for the highest 9th wicket stand for Sri Lanka in Tests (118 – Thilan Samaraweera & Ajantha Mendis vs India at the P Sara Oval), finishing with 124 and more importantly taking the hosts to a position from where it is their game to lose.

The track didn’t seem to be offering much to the spinners until the umpires decided to change the ball at the end of the 42nd over. West Indies lost 8 wickets for just 46 runs from that point.

Ramesh Mendis, Sri Lanka’s most successful bowler of the series, with 18 wickets to his name, was the one who started the Windies capitulation, picking up Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers in the 44th over.

The off-spinner certainly seemed to have the upper hand over Hope in this series, picking him up in all 4 innings. He was on a hat trick after picking up Hope and Chase and bowled nearly the perfect delivery to Mayers first up, but couldn’t get the edge. He did get his man with a similar delivery later on in the over.

Embuldeniya kept chipping away at the other end and when he dismissed Jason Holder and Nkrumah Bonner in consecutive overs, the Windies resistance was more or less done.

Having taken 6 wickets in the 1st innings, Mendis completed his 1st 10-wicket haul in Test cricket and could have had another 6-wicket haul when last man Jomel Warrican skied one, but Embuldeniya put down the catch at deep mid-wicket.

With the win, Sri Lanka stay on top of the ICC World Test Championship points table, with a 100% win percentage.


Result


West Indies
253/10 (104.2) & 132/10 (56.1)

Sri Lanka
204/10 (61.3) & 345/9 (121.4)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Pathum Nissanka lbw b Veerasammy Permaul 73 148 0 0 49.32
Dimuth Karunaratne c & b Roston Chase 42 90 0 0 46.67
Oshada Fernando c Joshua Da Silva b Jomel Warrican 18 27 0 0 66.67
Angelo Mathews b Jomel Warrican 29 45 0 0 64.44
Dhananjaya de Silva c Joshua Da Silva b Veerasammy Permaul 2 2 0 0 100.00
Charith Asalanka c Nkrumah Bonner b Veerasammy Permaul 10 15 0 0 66.67
Dinesh Chandimal lbw b Jomel Warrican 2 8 0 0 25.00
Ramesh Mendis c Shai Hope b Jomel Warrican 5 9 0 0 55.56
Suranga Lakmal c Jomel Warrican b Veerasammy Permaul 12 20 0 0 60.00
Lasith Embuldeniya b Veerasammy Permaul 1 7 0 0 14.29
Praveen Jayawickrama not out 0 1 0 0 0.00


Extras 10 (b 0 , lb 7 , nb 3, w 0, pen 0)
Total 204/10 (61.3 Overs, RR: 3.32)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kemar Roach 6 2 12 0 2.00
Jason Holder 8 2 23 0 2.88
Kyle Mayers 2 0 13 0 6.50
Veerasammy Permaul 13 3 35 5 2.69
Roston Chase 14 0 64 1 4.57
Jomel Warrican 18.3 5 50 4 2.73
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Kraig Brathwaite b Lasith Embuldeniya 72 185 0 0 38.92
Jermaine Blackwood lbw b Praveen Jayawickrama 44 99 0 0 44.44
Nkrumah Bonner lbw b Ramesh Mendis 35 95 0 0 36.84
Shai Hope lbw b Ramesh Mendis 22 89 0 0 24.72
Roston Chase c Pathum Nissanka b Ramesh Mendis 10 33 0 0 30.30
Kyle Mayers not out 36 58 0 0 62.07
Jason Holder lbw b Ramesh Mendis 4 10 0 0 40.00
Joshua Da Silva b Ramesh Mendis 0 1 0 0 0.00
Kemar Roach c Dhananjaya de Silva b Praveen Jayawickrama 8 9 0 0 88.89
Veerasammy Permaul b Lasith Embuldeniya 15 38 0 0 39.47
Jomel Warrican c Chamika Karunaratne b Ramesh Mendis 1 7 0 0 14.29


Extras 6 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 6, w 0, pen 0)
Total 253/10 (104.2 Overs, RR: 2.42)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 9 3 22 0 2.44
Lasith Embuldeniya 35 13 94 2 2.69
Ramesh Mendis 34.2 8 70 6 2.05
Praveen Jayawickrama 25 4 59 2 2.36
Dhananjaya de Silva 1 0 8 0 8.00
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne run out () 6 10 0 0 60.00
Pathum Nissanka lbw b Roston Chase 66 154 0 0 42.86
Oshada Fernando run out () 14 41 0 0 34.15
Charith Asalanka c Nkrumah Bonner b Veerasammy Permaul 19 55 0 0 34.55
Dhananjaya de Silva not out 155 262 0 0 59.16
Dinesh Chandimal c & b Roston Chase 2 12 0 0 16.67
Ramesh Mendis c Kemar Roach b Kraig Brathwaite 25 58 0 0 43.10
Suranga Lakmal lbw b Veerasammy Permaul 7 11 0 0 63.64
Angelo Mathews c Jermaine Blackwood b Veerasammy Permaul 1 5 0 0 20.00
Lasith Embuldeniya b Jason Holder 39 124 0 0 31.45


Extras 11 (b 4 , lb 4 , nb 2, w 1, pen 0)
Total 345/9 (121.4 Overs, RR: 2.84)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Veerasammy Permaul 40 4 106 3 2.65
Roston Chase 27 2 82 2 3.04
Jomel Warrican 29 5 76 0 2.62
Kemar Roach 8 0 27 0 3.38
Jason Holder 9.4 1 26 0 2.77
Kraig Brathwaite 5 0 11 1 2.20
Nkrumah Bonner 3 1 9 0 3.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Kraig Brathwaite lbw b Ramesh Mendis 6 21 0 0 28.57
Jermaine Blackwood c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 36 92 0 0 39.13
Nkrumah Bonner b Lasith Embuldeniya 44 143 0 0 30.77
Shai Hope c Suranga Lakmal b Ramesh Mendis 16 24 0 0 66.67
Roston Chase c Avishka Fernando b Ramesh Mendis 0 1 0 0 0.00
Kyle Mayers c Dhananjaya de Silva b Ramesh Mendis 0 4 0 0 0.00
Jason Holder c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 3 12 0 0 25.00
Joshua Da Silva not out 4 15 0 0 26.67
Kemar Roach lbw b Lasith Embuldeniya 13 17 0 0 76.47
Veerasammy Permaul lbw b Ramesh Mendis 1 5 0 0 20.00
Jomel Warrican c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 3 3 0 0 100.00


Extras 6 (b 4 , lb 2 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 132/10 (56.1 Overs, RR: 2.35)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Lasith Embuldeniya 20.1 6 35 5 1.74
Ramesh Mendis 25 6 66 5 2.64
Praveen Jayawickrama 10 3 23 0 2.30
Charith Asalanka 1 0 2 0 2.00