Victory for West Indies in first Test against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka lost opener Kusal Perera early in the chase

The second Test in the three-match series gets underway in St Lucia on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Cricket (via the red button) from 2.55pm.

Cricket fans seemed to ignore the boycott, as there was an average of 600 people each day at the Oval, a typical Test crowd in recent years.

Holder said the crowd, which included schoolchildren on the first three days of the match, acted as the 12th man urging the team on. It really started with the partnership that Shane and I had, and then Devendra came in and played an outstanding knock. "Credit must go to every individual who put an effort in", an elated captain Jason Holder said afterwards.

West Indies took a little more than a session yesterday to wrap up the comfortable win.

They require another 277 runs on the final day and will be hoping their captain Dinesh Chandimal, who retired unwell on 15 in the afternoon session, can resume his innings to bolster a team that looked completely out of contention at the start of the day's play. Eventually, Sri Lanka's failure with the bat, despite a century from opener Kusal Mendis (102), meant that the hosts reversed a trend of them losing the first Test of a series - having lost each of the first Tests in the nine previous series, barring the one against Zimbabwe.

Mendis faced 210 deliveries in almost 4-1/2 hours, and struck 10 fours and two sixes.

"I think we could still tighten up in our fielding, but credit to the batters and bowlers". From the position we were in on the first day ...

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Off-spinning all-rounder Roston Chase (4-15) triggered the final capitulation in which five wickets fell for eight runs, with his dismissal of Chandimal in the last over before the lunch interval breaking the tourists' resistance.

"Posting a total in excess of 400 was really good", Holder said.

Wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich scored an unbeaten century to give the Windies team a first big innings total of 414/8, after Sri Lanka were all out for 185 runs in the first innings.

"We had a lot of time to sit back and reflect on how the past year ended", Holder said.

Sri Lanka in fact never recovered from losing three quick wickets on the previous day after the home team declared at 414 for 8 after Shane Dowrich smashed a top score of 125 after the West Indies won the toss and made a decision to bat first.

It was the first time since the drawn 1985 fixture against New Zealand in Georgetown, Guyana that the West Indies had declared in both innings of a Test match. Kusal Mendis, starting the day on an unbeaten 94, was dismissed for 102 off 210 deliveries.


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