Embuldeniya five-for seals the win for SL

Sri Lanka 386 (Karunaratne 147, Chase 5-83) and 191 for 4 dec (Karunaratne 83, Mathews 69*) beat West Indies 230 (Jayawickrama 4-40) and 160 (Bonner 68*, Embuldeniya 5-46) by 187 runs

Embuldeniya five-for seals the win for SL

Nkrumah Bonner defied Sri Lanka for 173 balls on day five, Joshua Da Silva joined him for a 100-run, 44.4-over stand, but although the sky was swimming with dark clouds, rain did not arrive until minutes after Sri Lanka claimed the last wicket to clinch victory in Galle.

Embuldeniya five-for seals the win for SL

Having scythed through West Indies' top order on the fourth evening, Sri Lanka's spinners were made to toil on day five, bowling 48.3 overs for the last four wickets. Offspinner Ramesh Mendis had begun the day with four wickets to his name,

Embuldeniya five-for seals the win for SL

but it was left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya who finished with a five-wicket haul - the third of his 11-Test career - claiming all but one of the wickets to fall on day five.

Embuldeniya five-for seals the win for SL

Bonner and da Silva battled hard during their morning resistance, trying few run-scoring strokes, and generally displaying a level of concentration and application unseen from West Indies' batters so far in the match.

Embuldeniya five-for seals the win for SL

They each had good fortune. On a treacherous track, there were edges that fell short of slip, aerial mis-hits that landed in space, deliveries that barely missed the stumps and the outside edge, and missed chances as well.

Embuldeniya five-for seals the win for SL

The victory was perhaps just reward for Sri Lanka, whose top order led by Dimuth Karunaratne had dominated in both innings, and whose spinners used helpful conditions well.

Embuldeniya five-for seals the win for SL

They earn 12 World Test Championship points in their first match this cycle. West Indies also have 12 points, but have played three matches.