Ramesh Mendis took 5 wickets in the second innings to bundle out Ireland for 202 runs.Image Credit source: AFP
Gaul: It is not easy to get a result in a Test match in which the batsmen blazed for four days, 6 double centuries and hundreds were scored and only one innings was played. Sri Lanka has succeeded in doing this in the Galle Test. With this, Sri Lanka himself scored a century. Sri Lanka won by an innings and 10 runs on the last day of the second Test against Ireland. Once again the power of his spinners was seen, who took 8 out of 10 wickets.
Sri Lanka needed 6 wickets to win on the last day of the Galle Test, while Ireland faced a tough target of closing the first innings gap. Ireland surprised Sri Lanka by scoring 492 runs in the first innings. In response, Sri Lanka also got a lead of 212 runs by scoring 704 runs. For about four days, each innings of both was over.
At the end of the fourth day, Ireland had lost 4 wickets in their second innings and their defeat looked certain. Nevertheless, Ireland gave their whole life to avoid an innings defeat. Young batsman Harry Tector took the lead from one end. Even then it was not enough as Ramesh Mendis’s off break bowling proved to be very difficult for the Irish batsmen.
The 27-year-old spin all-rounder Mendis took 5 wickets in an innings for the fourth time as Sri Lanka bundled out Ireland for just 202 runs and won the match by an innings and 10 runs. With this, Sri Lanka registered its 100th win in its Test history of 41 years.
Before Mendis’s feat, left-arm spinner Prabhat Jayasuriya also made a special record in his name. Jayasuriya, who took 5 wickets in the first innings, took two wickets in the second innings. With this, he completed his 50 wickets in just 7 Test matches and became the joint fastest bowler to take 50 wickets in the history of Test cricket.
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