Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Mathews, Gamage out of West Indies tour

Mathews, Gamage out of West Indies tour

Both players will arrive today (13).

The records will show that it was the West Indies first Test win in a decade against Sri Lanka and their biggest margin of victory against the visitors in Tests - and also their biggest against any opponent in terms of runs at the Queen's Park Oval. Having already lost the first match by 226 runs, the visiting side will now have to get the job done without Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Gamage.

According to reports from the Sri Lankan camp, replacements will be flown out, but given the length of the flight the two players are nearly certain to be unavailable for the second Test. The duo would be reaching the Caribbean on Wednesday and would not be considered for selection for the second Test.

Dinesh Chandimal, the Sri Lankan captain, played a lone hand and scored a valiant unbeaten 119, with Shannon Gabriel picking up his third five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Gamage sustained a finger injury during the last day of the first Test in Trinidad. Their only bright spots from the previous game were the performances of fiery pacer Lahiru Kumara and the diminutive opener Kusal Mendis.

However, Sri Lanka will be further bolstered by the addition of Dhananjaya de Silva, the 26-year-old batsman, who had to unfortunately miss out on the first Test in the wake of his father's murder.

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In the bowling department, Sri Lanka might bring in Akila Dananjaya, who could offer valuable assistance to Herath and Dilruwan Perera with his uncanny variations.

Man-of-the-Match was Shane Dowrich for his 125 not out in the first innings. In reply, West Indies survived two overs to go to stumps at 2-0 in its first innings with Kraigg Brathwaite (2) and Devon Smith at the crease in the three-Test series.

Chandimal steadied the innings in a 67-run partnership with Kusal Mendis but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.

Roach and Gabriel combined well to end with figures of 4 for 49 and 5 for 59 respectively.

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