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West Indies capitulate to spin as Sri Lanka seal 2-0 series victory

Angelo Mathews (right) poses for a photograph with former West Indies cricketer Garfield Sobers (left) and former Sri Lankan cricketer Michael Tissera
Angelo Mathews (right) poses for a photograph with former West Indies cricketer Garfield Sobers (left) and former Sri Lankan cricketer Michael Tissera (centre).
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Sri Lanka 200 & 206 (Mathews 46) beat
West Indies 163 & 171 (Bravo 61) by 72 runs
Second Test, Colombo, day five

Rangana Herath and Milinda Siriwardana shared seven wickets between them to rattle the West Indian batting line up on the fifth day, securing a 72-run win for Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo, thereby claiming a 2-0 victory in the Sobers-Tissera Trophy.

Despite getting themselves back into the match on day three, after day four was washed out, West Indies were dismissed for 171 having been set 244 to win.

After four sessions were washed out due to rain, West Indies resumed their innings on 20 for one.

Shai Hope (35) and Darren Bravo (61) started off positively by hitting a couple of boundaries each. In the 22nd over, Bravo smacked Herath (4-56) for a couple of sixes to bring up the only 50-run stand for West Indies in this series.

The pair negotiated the first hour without trouble, putting Sri Lanka on the back foot. Siriwardana (3-25) lured Hope to get down the track and got him out stumped, leaving West Indies at 80 for two.

Marlon Samuels (6) struggled against the spinners and was eventually dismissed by Dilruwan Perera (1-37) who induced an edge that went low to Angelo Mathews at slip.

A couple of overs later, the visitors from Caribbean sunk further as Siriwardana trapped Jermaine Blackwood (4) plumb in front. Bravo fought on and completed his fifty in 90 balls.

Without further damage, West Indies went into the lunch break with the score at 112 for four. Sri Lanka conceded only nine runs in the first five overs of the second session.

That pressure brought results for the hosts as Herath struck twice in the 52nd over to dismiss Denesh Ramdin (10) and Bravo - both caught at slip.

This double strike from Herath reduced West Indies to 125 for six, with 119 runs still required for a victory.

The procession of wickets continued as Siriwardana picked up his third of the innings by getting one to trap Jason Holder (7) in front.

Herath also had his third victim when Jerome Taylor (1) attempted a big hit only to find Siriwardana at long-on. West Indies were reeling at 136 for eight at that stage.

Things got even worse as Devendra Bishoo (0) was caught short of the crease while attempting a non-existent third run.

Jomel Warrican (20 not out) and Kemar Roach (13) added 33 runs for the 10th wicket before Herath wrapped up the innings by dismissing the latter. He produced a delivery that skidded on and went straight to strike Roach on the pads.

A desperate review showed that the ball was clipping the leg stump. West Indies were bowled out for 171 runs, giving Sri Lanka a comfortable 72 run victory and with that their maiden Sobers-Tissera Trophy.

Herath was the key bowler with four wickets while Siriwardana picked three. Dhammika Prasad (1-38) and Perera had one scalp each.

For picking up five wickets and scoring 110 runs overall in this match, Siriwardana was given the man-of-the-match award.

Herath’s haul of 15 wickets from the two games fetched him the man-of-the-series award.

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