Sri Lanka thrash West Indies by 187 runs in first Test

Chasing a target of 348, West Indies were bowled out for 160 before tea on the final day.

Sri Lanka's cricketers celebrate their victory at the end of the fifth day of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on 25 November 2021. Picture: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP

GALLE - Hosts Sri Lanka thrashed the West Indies by 187 runs in the first cricket Test in Galle on Thursday.

Chasing a target of 348, West Indies were bowled out for 160 before tea on the final day.

Sri Lanka secured a 156-run first-innings lead and set the visitors a mountainous 348 to win at the Galle International Stadium.

Reeling on 52 for six at the end of day four, the West Indies clung on in the opening session but collapsed after lunch.

Lasith Embuldeniya finished with a five-wicket haul while Ramesh Mendis complemented him well with four scalps.

Nkrumah Bonner was unbeaten on 68 for the tourists - one of only three West Indies batsmen to make it into double figures in their second innings, the others being Joshua Da Silva, who made 54, and Rahkeem Cornwall with 13.

The second Test begins on Monday, also in Galle.