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Sri Lanka beats West Indies by 121 runs for first test win in Caribbean

Sri Lanka beats West Indies by 121 runs for first test win in Caribbean

Chaminda Vaas took five for 61 to lead Sri Lanka to an historic first win in the Caribbean, defeating West Indies by 121 runs with 6.4 overs left in the opening test on Wednesday.
West Indies, resuming on 96 for one and needing 437 for victory, tried holding out for a draw and was bowled for 315 at Providence Stadium.
Ace offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who bowled for most of the final day, chipped in with three for 112.
Thilan Thushara, Vaas' seam bowling mate, also weighed in with two for 70.
In a tense final hour Vaas bagged both final wickets with the new ball.
He forced Jerome Taylor to edge a delivery to second slip, then four overs later and about 15 minutes from stumps, he got Daren Powell to loft to midoff where Muralitharan grasped a stunning, one-handed catch over his head.
Vaas took 8-109 for the match.
West Indies captain Chris Gayle, who dropped himself down the order after a first-innings duck, was left unbeaten on 51 in three and a quarter hours.
Dwayne Bravo topscored with 83 and Ramnaresh Sarwan scored a confident 72.
The pair stretched its overnight partnership to 134 but once they were separated, Sri Lanka took wickets at regular intervals as they charted their victory course.


Updated : 2021-10-17 05:11 GMT+08:00