Herath spins Lankans to innings triumph

17 October 2015

Herath proved too much for the Windies on a fourth day track // Getty Images


Veteran tweaker takes 10 as West Indies are routed on final day in Galle

Sri Lanka v West Indies Tests, First Test


Sri Lankan spin bowler Rangana Herath's 10-wicket match haul helped the hosts crush the West Indies by an innings and six runs on Saturday to decisively win the first Test at Galle with a day to spare.

The visitors were bowled out for 227 in the second innings, just an hour and 15 minutes after lunch on the fourth day of a Test which saw Herath wreak havoc throughout.

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He finished with second innings figures of 4-79, after taking 6-68 in the first innings, in which the tourists were all out for 251 and forced to follow on after Sri Lanka amassed 484 in their first innings.

Herath's fifth 10-wicket haul in his 64th Test put him just 12 wickets shy of becoming the third Sri Lankan to take 300 Test wickets.

"Galle was where I started my career," said a jubilant Herath. "There is something (at Galle) for me and all spinners. I wish I can reach the 300 mark in this series."

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews praised Herath as simply "outstanding" after the West Indies' Darren Bravo described him as one of the top spin bowlers in the world.

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Herath's heroics came after Sri Lanka's domination with the bat on the first two days. The left-handed opener Dimuth Karunaratne (186) and the middle-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal (151) piled the misery on a struggling West Indies.

Karunaratne and Chandimal set a new record in the third-wicket partnership between the two countries when they added 238, beating a 14-year-old record set by Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene of 162.

"We have had some individual brilliance," Mathews said. "Karunaratne and Chandimal played well, Herath was outstanding."

West Indian captain Jason Holder could only rue missed opportunities. 

"We had chances and we did not take them," said Holder. "Hopefully we can set things right in the next game."

Sri Lanka have now won six out of 10 Tests played against West Indies on the island since 1993, with four draws. The second and final Test opens in Colombo on Thursday.