Herath hands Sri Lanka innings victory despite Blackwood's resistance
Sri Lanka 484 (Karunaratne 186) beat
West Indies 251 & 227 (Blackwood 92) by an innings and six runs
First Test, Galle, day four
Rangana Herath claimed a 10-wicket haul as Sri Lanka defeated West Indies by an innings and six runs in the first Test in Galle despite Jermaine Blackwood’s hard-fought knock, thereby taking an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
West Indies resumed the day on 67 for two and Herath (4-79) pushed West Indies onto the back foot with two wickets off two balls in his third over of the day.
The nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo (10) edged one to Angelo Mathews, trying to play a cut shot and Marlon Samuels (0) was trapped plumb in front after he opted to leave an arm ball from Herath.
A desperate review from Samuels did not save him as the replays showed the ball crashing into the stumps.
The misery deepened for West Indies when Darren Bravo (31) tentatively poked at a full delivery from Nuwan Pradeep (1-28), only to edge it to the wicket-keeper.
Blackwood (92) hit two boundaries in the 43rd over and followed it up with a six in the next.
Milinda Siriwardana (2-60) reduced West Indies to 136 for five when Denesh Ramdin (11) was caught at second slip. In his next over, Siriwardana should have dismissed Blackwood but the wicket-keeper shelled a sharp chance.
Blackwood and Jason Holder (18) made sure that West Indies went into lunch without losing any more wickets, placed at 156 for six at the end of the first session.
Holder started the post-lunch proceedings with a six off the second ball and in the same over, Blackwood reached a 91-ball fifty.
In the 60th over, Holder attempted to take on Herath, but the ball rolled off his pads to first slip where Mathews picked it up and effected a run out before Holder had made his way back to the crease.
That left West Indies reeling at 172 for seven and Herath completed his 10-wicket haul when Kemar Roach (5) missed a forward defensive lunge and was out stumped.
The end seemed nigh when Dhammika Prasad (2-28) struck Taylor on the pads right in front of the stumps. It was an easy decision for umpire Richard Illingworth.
With nothing to lose, Blackwood unleased a flurry of shots as he took Herath apart for 16 runs in the 66th over.
However, the resistance from Blackwood ended when he holed out to extra cover off Prasad. West Indies were bundled out for 227 runs losing the game by an innings and six runs.
Once again, Herath was the star in the second innings with four wickets. Prasad and Siriwardana picked up two each while Pradeep accounted for one wicket.
Herath was named as the man of the match for the fifth 10-wicket haul of his career. It was also the third time he had achieved the feat at the Galle International Stadium.
The second Test of the Sobers-Tissera Trophy will begin on 22nd October at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.
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