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Windies crumble to spin again to remain winless in test cricket in Sri Lanka

Voice of West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite

The West Indies record of never winning a test match in Sri Lanka continued on Friday when they were swept 2-0 in their test series after a 164 run defeat in Galle.

Set 297 to win the contest in testing conditions, the Windies slumped from 65-1 to 132 all out in 56.1 overs for their ninth defeat in 13 test matches.

The Jamaican pair of Nkrumah Bonner with 45 and Jermaine Blackwood 36, put up the only semblance of resistance with a 50 run 2nd wicket partnership.

Kemar Roach with 13 was the only other West Indian batsman to reach double figures as off-spinner and Man of the Series Ramesh Mendis took his second five wicket haul of the game, 5-66, to end with match figures of 11-136 while fellow spinner Lasith Embuldeniya claimed 5-35.

Earlier, Sri Lanka declared on 345-9 in their second innings after resuming  on 328-8. Dhananjaya de Silva was left unbeaten on 155, as Veerasammy Permaul took 3-106.

Scores in the match: Sri Lanka 204 and 345-9 declared; the West Indies 253 and 132. Windies captain Kraigg Brathwaite lamented the team's inconsistent batting as the main reason for the crushing defeat.


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