Kusal, Dilruwan help Sri Lanka level series with a thrilling win

Chasing a target of 144, Sri Lanka were 81 for five on day three, but with some determinant batting by Kusal Perera and Dilruwan,  Sri Lanka reached their target with four wickets in hand. Now they are the first Asian team to win a Test at Bridgetown’s Kensington Oval.

Kusal Perera, who had been injured in a collision with an advertising board while fielding with Dilruwan Perera added an unbroken 63 partnership to take Sri Lanka home.

Both Kusal and Dilruwan played with great determination, weathering the storm from the West Indies fast bowlers in an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 63. Kusal finished unbeaten on 28 with Dilruwan on 23. It was Dilruwan who made the winning hit, hoisting Holder over mid-off for the boundary that sealed only Sri Lanka’s second Test victory in the West Indies.

For Holder it was a cruel final twist of fate in a match in which he excelled all-around. His dismissal of Kusal Mendis, leg-before without adding to his overnight score of 25, was his fifth wicket of the innings and he finished with innings figures of five for 41 and a match analysis of nine for 59.

Holder also contributed a top score of 74 in the West Indies first innings of 204 and was just one of four batsmen to get into double-figures when they crashed to 93, their lowest ever total in a Test innings in Barbados.

For his all-round performance he awarded with the Man of the Match prize.

Brief Score:

West Indies 204 (Holder 74, Dowrich 71, Kumara 4/58) and 93 (Rajitha 3/20, Lakmal 3/25)

Sri Lanka – 154 (Dickwella 42, Holder 4/19) and 144/6 (Kusal Perera 28*, Dilruwan Perera 23*, Holder 5/41)

 

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