Herath spins Sri Lanka to comfortable win


Sri Lanka have wrapped up the first Test against the West Indies in Galle with more than a day to spare, winning by an innings and six runs before tea, thanks to a Rangana Herath 10-fer.

Herath took six wickets in the fist innings and four in the second, as the West Indies made 251 and 227 all out, falling six runs shy of the Sri Lankan first innings score of 484 after following on.

Only Jermaine Blackwood showed any application with the bat in the second innings, making 92 and nearly seeing his side avoid an innings defeat, but he was the final wicket to fall on Saturday.

The fourth day began with the Windies two down and with 67 runs on the board, with Darren Bravo and night watchman Devendra Bishoo in the middle. The wickets tumbled quickly though, and they were on 156/6 at lunch.

Blackwood batted quickly and fluidly, showing that the deck was not as bad as his colleagues made it seem, but he quickly ran out of partners as Herath and Dhammika Prasad took their toll.

It was Blackwood's sixth half century in Tests, and while Denesh Ramdin and Jason Holder stuck with him for a while, the fragile Windies proved no match for the home bowlers, who needed a win of their own.

Sri Lanka have lost their last three Test series, and are without a permanent coach, and will be using this series, against lacklustre opposition, to find some confidence again.

The second and final Test will be played in Colombo, starting on 22 October.