Sri Lanka over West Indies becomes first Asian team winning Test match at Barbados.
A major discomfort of acute, painful chest injury didn’t hinder Kusal Perera from guiding Sri Lanka to the historic victory of series leveling four wickets in partnership with Dilruwan Perera in the third and final Test Match against the West Indies held on Tuesday at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Sri Lanka has reached at their aim of an additional wicket, setting a target of 144, resuming on fourth day at overnight position of 81 for five. This resulted as the team won the Test match at the most iconic venue in Caribbean. Chandika Hathurusingha, Sri Lanka coach stated that, “Our second innings bowling won us the game. We always had hope but the way the game progressed we were under pressure. Credit goes to all four bowlers. Suranga (Lakmal) led from the front.”
Enjoying the victory, Dilruwan Perera said that, “Me and Kusal play for the same club so we know each other. That experience and knowledge of each other’s games helped a lot because it was challenging. The pitch was bit uneven.”
With great determination, Kusal and Dilruwan both played wearing a storm by the West Indies fast bowlers in their unbroken partnership of 63 for seventh wicket, finishing unbeaten on 28 by Kusal, while Dilruwan finished on 23.
West Indies captain Jason Holder said in a statement that, “We just did not have enough runs in the second innings. We missed some chances in the field but it won’t put us down because we have a quick turnaround for the series against Bangladesh starting next week.”