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West Indies 3 wickets from victory at lunch on day 5

13 June 2018

Sri Lanka need another 231 runs to win, while the Windies need three wickets. The Caribbeans are 1-0 ahead in three-match series.

With victory all but assured at the interval, West Indies ruthlessly went about finishing off the innings afterwards. In reply, the visitors were bowled out for 185, handing the hosts with a very handy 229-run lead.

"The declaration was one where we felt we had enough in the first innings", Holder said.

Holder said the crowd, which included schoolchildren on the first three days of the match, acted as the 12th man urging the team on.

"The guys are putting in their all, and I think the encouragement goes a very long way", Holder said.

West Indies took a little more than a session yesterday to wrap up the comfortable win.

Set a daunting target of 453, Sri Lanka crashed from 189-3 in mid-morning to be dismissed for 226 just after lunch, suffering their first Test defeat to Windies for 10 years. He was sent by a complete unplayable Shannon Gabriel delivery.

Mendis faced 210 deliveries in almost 4-1/2 hours, and struck 10 fours and two sixes. "And with time lost on the second day, we wanted to be able to bowl at Sri Lanka that evening".

Mendis, who has so far faced 186 deliveries and struck two sixes and nine fours, was also dropped on 42 by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.

The spinners led the way in the second innings, after seeing the Windies quartet of fast bowlers combine for eight wickets in the first innings.

Holder credited the batsmen and bowlers for their performance, but said he would like to see some improvement in the fielding department.

"I must say credit to the batters as well". From the position we were in on the first day ...

"Posting a total in excess of 400 was really good", Holder said.

Holder said it was pleasing to start with a victory, as in recent years the team has been lacklustre at the start of a series.

It was the first time since the drawn 1985 fixture against New Zealand in Georgetown, Guyana that the West Indies had declared in both innings of a Test match.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder praised his team for putting up a solid performance in tough conditions after his team registered a comprehensive 226-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Port-of-Spain.Speaking after the game, Holder said, "Everyone in this team deserves enormous credit for the way we battled through on a pitch that wasn't the easiest, I wasn't anxious coming into this final day because the pitch was deteriorating a bit and I just felt our bowlers had to build a bit of pressure and we would be able to strike, and when we struck we got wickets in clusters."Holder also praised his lower order, calling it one of the most consistent lower-order in the world".

West Indies 3 wickets from victory at lunch on day 5