Cheek, ap. The hosts have tightened their grip in the first match of the two-Test series being played between Sri Lanka and West Indies. After making 386 runs in the first innings, Sri Lanka declared the second innings at 191 runs for 4 wickets. At the end of the fourth day’s play, the West Indies team had lost 6 wickets for just 52 runs. A score of 296 runs has to be achieved to win.

Sri Lanka tightened their grip on the match in the second innings of the first Test of the two-match series, taking out West Indies for six for 52 at the end of the fourth day’s play on Wednesday. Chasing 348 for victory, the West Indies team succumbed to spin bowlers Ramesh Mendis and Lasith Imbuldeniya.

The team had lost six wickets for 18 runs in the fourth innings, but Nkrumah Bonner (18 not out) and Joshua da Silva (15 not out) put on an unbroken 34-run partnership for the seventh wicket until the game ended early due to poor light. No further loss was allowed to the team. West Indies need another 296 runs to win on the fifth and final day of the match, while Sri Lanka need just four wickets.

Mendis took four for 17, while left-arm spinner Imbuldeniya took two for 18. In response to Sri Lanka’s 386 runs in the first innings, the West Indies team added six runs to the score a day earlier and were all out for 230. happened. After taking a 156-run lead in the first innings, Sri Lanka declared the innings at 191 for four in 40.5 overs, batting aggressively in the second innings.

Dimuth Karunaratne, who made 147 in the first innings, made 83 runs in the second innings, while the experienced Angelo Mathews made an unbeaten 69 with the help of two sixes and four fours.

Edited By: Viplove Kumar