Sri Lanka vs Windies: Spin duo ensure series sweep for Islanders
Sri Lanka spinners Ramesh Mendis and Lasith Embuldeniya picked up five wickets each against the West Indies to lead the hosts to a 164-run victory on the final day of the second Test here on Friday.
Off-spinner Mendis completed his second five-wicket haul to finish with 11 wickets in the match as Sri Lanka completed a 2-0 series win against the Caribbean side to pick up the full 24 points on offer in the World Test Championship.
Sri Lanka, who were all out for 204 in the first innings, declared their second innings closed at 345 for nine early on the fifth day, setting the tourists a target of 297 to try and win the match and level the series.
The Windies lost their first wicket with the total on 15 when captain Kraigg Brathwaite (6) was trapped lbw by Mendis. Nkrumah Bonner joined Jermaine Blackwood and the pair added 50 runs for the second wicket before Blackwood (36) was caught by Dhananjaya de Silva off Embuldeniya off the last ball before lunch. When Mendis had Shai Hope (16) caught by Lakmal, the Windies stood at 92/3.
Mendis and Embuldeniya, however, bundled them out for 132 as the visitors lost their last eight wickets for 40 runs.
Mendis, 26, took his tally to 18 wickets in the two Tests to pick up the player of the series award. Embuldeniya finished with seven wickets across the two innings as the Sri Lankan spinners took all 20 West Indies wickets to fall in the match.
Dhananjaya was adjudged the player of the match for his unbeaten 155.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 204 & 345/9 decl (D. de Silva 155 n.o.,L. Embuldeniya 39; V. Permaul 3/106); West Indies 253 & 132 (N. Bonner 44; L. Embuldeniya 5/35, R. Mendis 5/66). Sri Lanka won by 164 runs.