Embuldeniya, Mendis propel Sri Lanka to full victory in second test


The two bowlers had five wickets in the fourth round of the Galle test.

Lasith Embuldeniya. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP via Getty Images)

Sri Lanka on Friday 3 December beat the West Indies by 164 points to win the second and final test against the West Indies by 164 points at the Galle International Stadium. With the win, they also shut out the series 2-0. In addition, the Islanders managed to collect 12 points in the 2021-23 World Trials Championship. The Caribbean team, meanwhile, returned empty-handed.

Sri Lanka has made the West Indies a massive target

By the end of Matchday 4, the Lankans had taken a huge lead of 279 points. Lasith Embuldeniya and Dhananjaya de Silva had sewn together a backing of over 100 for the ninth wicket. The Caribbean team had every chance of having the hosts by the skin of the neck. But the home team showed a great amount of resurgence. In the end, they set the West Indies a goal of 297 points in the last heats.

The Lankans declared their sleeves on 345 immediately after Jason Holder kicked Embuldeniya, who scored a 124-ball 39 with the help of two fours and a six. The West Indies got off to a bad start as Ramesh Mendis retired skipper Kraigg Brathwaite. Jermaine Blackwood and Nkrumah Bonner subsequently completed 47 runs for the second wicket to restore sanity.

Embuldeniya and Mendis seize the fifes

Embuldeniya split the duo after pinning Blackwood, who had 36. Bonner also racked up a 44 fight with the help of three fours. But once they perished, the rest of the Caribbean staff collapsed like a house of cards. Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers have not opened their accounts. Shai Hope took the start, scoring 16 with a four, but fell prey to Ramesh Mendis in the 44th.

Jason Holder and Joshua ds Silva also came out to single digits. Kemar Roach showed some combat, but his efforts were never enough to win the West Indies. Embuldeniya and Mendis also made trips to five counters. It only took 45.1 overs for the duo to knock visitors down. Praveen Jayawickrama and Charith Asalanka also rolled their arms for 11 overs.

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