Highlights, Sri Lanka vs Caribbean 1st Test Day 5 in Galle: Hosts win by 187 races

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Day 4 report: The West Indies collapsed to 18-6 in its second round before ending the fourth day at 52-6 as Sri Lanka took complete control of the first cricket test.

Spin bowlers Ramesh Mendis and Lasith Embuldeniya moved Sri Lanka close to victory on Wednesday after the hosts declared their second innings at 191-4, putting the West Indies unlikely 348 runs to win.

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Sri Lanka are just four wickets away from victory on a turnaround at Galle International Stadium, where the West Indies need a further 296 runs to win, or try to knock out the final day.

Sri Lanka won the draw, scoring 386 in its first round. The West Indies responded with 230 – conceding a lead of 156 races – after resuming Wednesday at 224-9. Sri Lanka then declared its second round early.

Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne and West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite with the league trophy. Photo: Twitter / @ OfficialSLC

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 83 runs to follow his 147 in the first half. Angelo Mathews struck two sixes and six limits for 69 not out.

The collapse of the West Indies second innings began when offspinner Mendis captured West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite lbw without scoring in the fourth over. Mathews took a brilliant catch and appeared in midfield to dismiss Jermaine Blackwood (9) from left-arm spinner Embuldeniya.

When Mendis bowled Jason Holder in the first ball, he faced a delivery that went straight ahead, plunging the West Indies to 18-6.

Nkrumah Bonner (18 not out) and Joshua Da Silva (15 not out) shared an unbroken 34 runs for the seventh wicket as the game closed early due to poor lighting.

Mendis had bowling figures of 4-17, while Embuldeniya took 2-18.

With input from AP

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