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.
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.
Here’s how internet users reacted to the play of the day
Congratulations @OfficialSLC by winning the #SLvWI excellent stick test series by pathum Nissanka @IamDimuth and a brilliant blow by @ Dhananjaya7575 Superb bowling by ramesh mendis & @LEmbuldeniya & excellent teamwork from everyone #SLvWI pic.twitter.com/4bFFFJnVOv
– Upul Tharanga (@ upultharanga44) December 3, 2021
– Sakun (@Sakun_SD) December 3, 2021
Bowling performance of Ramesh Mendis in the Test against the West Indies series:
18 wickets of 2 tests and he won the man of the series award. pic.twitter.com/0T7gdkVa4m
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 3, 2021
Well done @OfficialSLC it was a clinical demonstration to win the series. Overall excellent performance. Lots of positive points! @ dds75official @LEmbuldeniya @IamDimuth #ramesh #pathum lead the way to earn 24 test championship points. Well done the teamð±ð°#SLvWI pic.twitter.com/v019yJa68g
– Farveez Maharoof (@farveezmaharoof) December 3, 2021
– Isira (@TwtIV) December 3, 2021
– Viraj Kothalawala (@DonVirajK) December 3, 2021
– #INDvNZ #PAKvBAN #NZvIND #BANvPAK #INDvNZ #PAKvBAN (@ICCcricInfo_U) December 3, 2021
– Harshana (@hash_lk) December 3, 2021
Mickey Arthur continued to believe in young Sri Lankan cricketers at a time when even some Sri Lankan fans were giving up all hope in Sri Lankan cricket.
– Sakun (@Sakun_SD) December 3, 2021
– Shehab Khan (@ ShehabSK1) December 3, 2021
– Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) December 3, 2021
It’s a little sad to see @ Mickeyarthurcr1 leave this team of young talents. But we have to wish him the best. It opened the doors to a new generation of @OfficialSLC . It’s time to make it count. #SLvWI #lka
– BoredaliTweets (@Akshanali) December 3, 2021
– Abhijeet (@TheYorkerBall) December 3, 2021