Match Over - Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: West Indies, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 23 Jun 2018, 21:00 SAST
  • Winner: Sri Lanka
  • Man of the Match: JO Holder


  • Umpire1: IJ Gould
  • Umpire2: RA Kettleborough
  • Third Umpire: Aleem Dar



Overs: 69.3 / 0.0

West Indies



Overs: 59.0 / 0.0

Sri Lanka

4:30pm And that is all! What a Test series this has been and what a pleasure it was bringing it to you. A bit of everything in it and it's not too bad that it has ended in a stalemate - neither team could put the final touches with authority at any point in this series. We'll see you next week when Bangladesh come to West Indies. Bye!

Suranga Lakmal: I feel so happy. It's my first Test as captain. Very happy. I didn't expect it. I thought it was a good opportunity to lead and I took it. I'm happy with my contributions but also the three fast bowlers all did very well, along with the spinner.

Shane Dowrich: I've had good performances throughout the series. It would have been nice to win today but credit goes to SL bowlers. [This performance] gives me a lot of confidence with a series starting next week. I think we put up a good fight and our bowlers came in strongly as well, but as I said the Sri Lankan bowlers really set us back. I have a back injury, but I will get some therapy before the next series.

Shane Dowrich is the Man of the Series

Jason Holder: Not the end we were looking for. Credit to SL, we just did not have enough runs in the second innings. They fought back well last evening. It put our bowlers under pressure to come and do something special. We lost it with our batting in the second innings. Even though we gave them 140 to win, we knew could do it. But we missed some chances in the field. But it won't put us down, have a quick turn around with the series coming up next week. There were a lot of positives: Gabriel was outstanding. I must commend him. Dowrich was outstanding as well. Roach needs to be mentioned too. A few good top-order partnerships would have helped.

Jason Holder is the Man of the Match.

Praneeth: "SL is the only Asian team that win a Test Match in Bridgetown "

RUKSHAN: "Superb effort from the both Pereras and the SL Pacers to make the series even. If only we didn't waste those 2 hours in the last game protesting. We would be sipping champagne. "

Lakshitha : "What a feeling to get up early in the morning in Melbourne and load cricinfo to see a Sri Lankan victory...! Well played lads...!"

David: "I feel bad for the Windies and particularly Jason Holder, this is a series WI and him as Captain could of won. They need to work on their catches, no balls from the bowling department and their top order batting line up. (Bring back Darren Bravo could help here.) "

Caleb: "I know a player on the losing side doesn't normally get man of the match, but surely it has to be Jason Holder! Outstanding performance from him, leading from the front and almost single handedly taking his side to victory. Highest score in the match and 9/60, his batting has for a long time bailed West Indies out, but of late he is finally grown into a genuine wicket taking quick!"

3.50pm The celebrations begin in the Sri Lanka camp. Dilruwan and Kusal hug each other in the middle. Kumara, Mendis and Lakmal then welcome back the Pereras. They wore several blows on their bodies but hung on for a 63-run partnership - the highest in the innings - to usher Sri Lanka home in a tense finish. So, Sri Lanka and West Indies will share the spoils. Stick around for the presentation, folks.

Dilruwan Perera: Really happy to finish the game like this. We thought we can bat longer, if we bat longer we can get the runs. The wicket is a bit uneven. Me and Kusal play for the same club and we know each other. The pitch was challenging and the experience helped.

Chandika Hathurusingha , SL coach: t feels really great and we have had a lot of ups and downs. To come back and level the series is a great effort. We always had hope but the way the game progressed we were under pressure. Tactically, Jason was on the mark but our bowlers responded in the second innings. Our second-innings bowling won us the game. Suranga had a chat and they rallied around. All credit to all four bowlers. Suranga led from the front. That particular 10-over spell put the Windies under pressure. For us, it's a young team. Coming here and winning here for a subcontinent team is not easy. This win will give us a lot of confidence. We had Kusal Mendis batting at three different positions but he did not say anything. He's a great talent for the future.

Jazmi: "It's 1.30 a.m here in Srilanka and I wasn't sleepy at all watching this match!! What a match this is "

40.2JO Holder to MDK Perera, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, The Pereras seal it for Sri Lanka! Pitched up and outside off, Dilruwan stretches out, gets underneath the length and hoists it stylishly over mid-off.
40.1JO Holder to MDK Perera, 2 runs, back of a length and outside off, Dilruwan rides the bounce and punches behind point.
End of over 40. 4 runs this over. 138/6 after 240 balls.
MDKJ Perera 28 (43b 2x4 0x6 ) D Bishoo 1-0-4-0
MDK Perera 17 (66b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 39. 1 runs this over. 134/6 after 234 balls.
MDK Perera 17 (66b 2x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 14-4-35-5
MDKJ Perera 24 (37b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Time for drinks. SL 10 runs away from victory

Rakesh Sampat: "WI should throw the ball to Gabriel for one last throw of the dice with 5 slips, a gully, a FSL and hope he delivers a HAT TRICK"

End of over 38. 8 runs this over. 133/6 after 228 balls.
MDK Perera 17 (64b 2x4 0x6 ) KAJ Roach 10-1-33-1
MDKJ Perera 23 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37. 7 runs this over. 125/6 after 222 balls.
MDKJ Perera 23 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) ML Cummins 6-1-17-0
MDK Perera 13 (58b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 36. 7 runs this over. 118/6 after 216 balls.
MDKJ Perera 22 (31b 2x4 0x6 ) KAJ Roach 9-1-29-1
MDK Perera 11 (54b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 35. 2 runs this over. 111/6 after 210 balls.
MDKJ Perera 18 (29b 1x4 0x6 ) ML Cummins 5-1-14-0
MDK Perera 8 (50b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Vimal: "playing 50 balls on this pitch is an achievement"

Davo: "My goodness how many times can Dilruwan Perera play and miss"

End of over 34. 1 runs this over. 109/6 after 204 balls.
MDK Perera 8 (50b 1x4 0x6 ) KAJ Roach 8-1-22-1
MDKJ Perera 16 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 33. 5 runs this over. 108/6 after 198 balls.
MDKJ Perera 15 (22b 1x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 13-4-34-5
MDK Perera 8 (45b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 32. 5 runs this over. 103/6 after 192 balls.
MDK Perera 7 (43b 1x4 0x6 ) ST Gabriel 9-1-26-0
MDKJ Perera 11 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Shay: "As the old saying goes "Just do it in 10s and reset boys. Deserves a Good drawn series. From a South African supporter enjoying the contest. Need them to improve and start winning the big 3 in tests. "

Dilruwan Perera now gets some treatment on the bottom hand from the physio. The Pereras are battling for SL

End of over 31. 1 runs this over. 98/6 after 186 balls.
MDK Perera 7 (38b 1x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 12-4-29-5
MDKJ Perera 10 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 3 runs this over. 97/6 after 180 balls.
MDK Perera 7 (36b 1x4 0x6 ) ST Gabriel 8-1-25-0
MDKJ Perera 9 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Kusal's getting some taping near his chest. Nasty collision that was yesterday

End of over 29. 5 runs this over. 94/6 after 174 balls.
MDK Perera 5 (33b 1x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 11-4-28-5
MDKJ Perera 8 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 28. 5 runs this over. 89/6 after 168 balls.
MDK Perera 1 (29b 0x4 0x6 ) ST Gabriel 7-1-22-0
MDKJ Perera 7 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 27. 3 runs this over. 84/6 after 162 balls.
MDK Perera 1 (27b 0x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 10-4-23-5
MDKJ Perera 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 26.  A maiden over! 81/6 after 156 balls.
MDK Perera 1 (25b 0x4 0x6 ) ST Gabriel 6-1-17-0
MDKJ Perera 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25.  A maiden over! 81/6 after 150 balls.
BKG Mendis 25 (44b 4x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 9-4-21-5
MDK Perera 1 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Faisal Sami Qad: "This is probably the first match not involving Pakistan or India that I am highly excited about. Been waiting for the start of play since 7am. It is 10:30pm now. :)"

Kinjal Patel: "Where's your nightwatchman Sreshth Shah? Is he off this Test? Hello Deiva. Looking forward to keeping you company. Hoping for an exciting day of Test cricket. I'm watching from a resort in Daman and Diu, even as my friends are all watching Messi do magic. For me, it's Test cricket! Hope it doesn't let me down." -- Mr. Shah is off ball-by-ball today. You'll have to put up with me and Varun

Three slips and a gully in place

End of over 24. 1 runs this over. 81/5 after 144 balls.
MDK Perera 1 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) ST Gabriel 5-0-17-0
BKG Mendis 25 (38b 4x4 0x6 ) more

2.26pm West Indies players huddle up near the boundary. Good news for SL fans: Kusal Perera is padded up. Holder will run in from over the wicket

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Rakesh Sampat: ""The sun is out" might just be bad news for the WI bowlers. They might have preferred cloudy overcast conditions which would assist the bowlers as they need to strike quickly and strike repeatedly to pull this one off. 63 to get with 5 wickets in hand, Lanka definatively the favorites here to do it, unless Someone decides to rip through them"

Dhanushka S: "Its midnight in Sri lanka, but I am sure SL fans are up tonigt to watch some great cricket..!!!"

2.15pm The sun's out in Barbados. Kusal Mendis, who has been SL's most accomplished batsman in the Caribbean, is once again the key for the visitors. Dilruwan Perera can defend resolutely at the other end. He has four centuries and 41 fifties in first-class cricket.

Thilan Samaraweera, SL batting coach: We are playing under lights and the pitch is challenging. It has been up and down. The WI bowlers bowled in the right areas. You've to control what you can. The big thing is you've to be strong mentally. You've to score runs, that's the matter. I believe we are still in the game. Good news is Kusal Perera is back in the dressing room. He did some throwdowns, and is feeling good. If we get two partnerships, we can get the job done.

Soham Basak: "If anyone can win this for Sri Lanka, it's Kusal Mendis. He has the talent and the temperament. Of course, he could very well run out of partners."

Rivlud: "I am so excited for the climax of this Test Match and the Series, it's been a pleasure to watch some cracking cricket and new stars of tomorrow showing some classy performances, need more consistency though, but that will come with time in the future!"

2pm Good afternoon and welcome back to ESPNcricinfo's live ball-by-ball coverage of the pink-ball Test in Barbados. A twenty-wicket third day has set up a mouth-watering finish. Sri Lanka need a further 63 runs to square the series. West Indies, on the other hand, need five wickets to secure only their third Test series victory since 2014. Which team will be smiling today? I'll let you be the judge. Missed the action-packed third day? Shashank Kishore and Sreshth Shah have it covered in the bulletin. You can also relive Jason Holder's incisive burst in the highlights here

Savindu S: "We are not starting 30 minutes early today. Are we?" --- Indeed, 2.30pm local time

Ankur Chaturved: "Any news on Kusal Perera? If he is not coming back then Windies are in driver seat... This one could get over in jiffy...." --- "He was cleared of any serious injury," the Sri Lankan team manager Asanka Gurusinha said, "But we will have to see how he comes up tomorrow morning before making a decision. He is very sore."


10.34pm When the day started, Sri Lanka were five wickets down in the second innings, and here we are at the end of the day - with Sri Lanka five wickets down in the fourth innings. What an amazing day of Test cricket. In all, 20 wickets fell as West Indies were skittled out for 93 after taking a slender lead. Jason Holder starred with the ball all day, and finishes with the best figures by a West Indies captain at home. But Sri Lanka are on top, and that's thanks to the pace trio of Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara. Kusal Mendis, not out today, will hold the key for Sri Lanka as they push for a series-levelling win tomorrow. Till then, it's time to say goodbye. On behalf of Shashank Kishore, this is Sreshth Shah, signing off.

Srinidhi KV: "@Breado: Welcome to the 21st century where I, an Indian, am enjoying commentary of a match between WI and SL! No need to go to ground anymore ...."

Ghulam Mustafa: "Breado Sir, People like to watch test matches on TV and can't afford to be there for the whole 5 days."

End of over 23. 3 runs this over. 80/5 after 138 balls.
BKG Mendis 24 (37b 4x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 8-3-21-4
MDK Perera 1 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Davo: "I must say....some of these cricinfo followers always seem to have an exam everytime a game is exciting..."

End of over 22.  A maiden over! 77/5 after 132 balls.
MDK Perera 1 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) KAJ Roach 7-1-21-1
BKG Mendis 21 (31b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Besham : "Well apparently the ball had feelings on it.. No Windies boy catching that.." -- You, sir, deserve a medal

End of over 21. 2 runs this over. 77/5 after 126 balls.
BKG Mendis 21 (31b 4x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 7-3-18-4
MDK Perera 1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 20. 1 runs this over. 75/5 after 120 balls.
MDK Perera 0 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) KAJ Roach 6-0-21-1
BKG Mendis 21 (26b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 19. 1 runs this over. 74/5 after 114 balls.
MDK Perera 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 6-3-17-4
BKG Mendis 20 (25b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Shlok: "For all the criticisms being levied at Holder on Day 1, the toss decision has turned out to be very good and he has both batted and bowled beautifully."

End of over 18. 10 runs this over. 73/4 after 108 balls.
N Dickwella 6 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) KAJ Roach 5-0-20-1
BKG Mendis 19 (24b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 8 runs this over. 63/4 after 102 balls.
BKG Mendis 19 (24b 4x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 5-3-16-3
N Dickwella 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 5 runs this over. 55/4 after 96 balls.
N Dickwella 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) ML Cummins 4-1-12-0
BKG Mendis 11 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) more

No Asian side has ever won a Test in Bridgetown

Ricardo William: "Why persist with Cummings when Gabriel is the strike bowler who will expose the tail?"

End of over 15.  A maiden over! 50/4 after 90 balls.
N Dickwella 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 4-3-8-3
BKG Mendis 11 (17b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Rob: "What's the status of Chandimal if needed to bat?" -- oh you cheeky fellow

End of over 14. 2 runs this over. 50/3 after 84 balls.
BKG Mendis 11 (17b 2x4 0x6 ) ML Cummins 3-0-12-0
ARS Silva 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Harold Underdow: "WI don't need 7 wickets. They need 6, unless Perera can return... " -- As of now, we hear that he can bat tomorrow

The lost review can hurt West Indies. The worst review i've ever seen...

Jordan : "Regardless of final result...anyone on here still thinking Holder should give up his bowling and become just a top order batsman? Thought not! "

End of over 13.  A maiden over! 48/3 after 78 balls.
ARS Silva 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 3-2-8-2
BKG Mendis 10 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 8 runs this over. 48/2 after 72 balls.
BKG Mendis 10 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) ML Cummins 2-0-10-0
DM de Silva 17 (24b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Sri Lanka need 100 to win

End of over 11.  A maiden over! 40/2 after 66 balls.
DM de Silva 17 (24b 4x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 2-1-8-1
BKG Mendis 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 2 runs this over. 40/2 after 60 balls.
BKG Mendis 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) ML Cummins 1-0-2-0
DM de Silva 17 (18b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 8 runs this over. 38/2 after 54 balls.
DM de Silva 17 (18b 4x4 0x6 ) JO Holder 1-0-8-1
BKG Mendis 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

I'm off for now. Sreshth is back with the controls as Kusal Mendis walks out.

End of over 8. 6 runs this over. 30/1 after 48 balls.
MD Gunathilaka 21 (29b 4x4 0x6 ) ST Gabriel 4-0-16-0
DM de Silva 9 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Vikas Arya: "Any news on Kusal Perera yet?" -- Still in hospital for observation

End of over 7. 8 runs this over. 24/1 after 42 balls.
MD Gunathilaka 20 (27b 4x4 0x6 ) KAJ Roach 4-0-14-1
DM de Silva 4 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 1 runs this over. 16/1 after 36 balls.
DM de Silva 4 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) ST Gabriel 3-0-10-0
MD Gunathilaka 12 (21b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 1 runs this over. 15/1 after 30 balls.
MD Gunathilaka 11 (17b 2x4 0x6 ) KAJ Roach 3-0-6-1
DM de Silva 4 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more

irantha: "If there is justice in the world rain will stay away from this game and give fans a complete match to watch.. Such a great game between bat and ball... Low scoring test matches are the best"

End of over 4. 1 runs this over. 14/1 after 24 balls.
DM de Silva 4 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) ST Gabriel 2-0-9-0
MD Gunathilaka 10 (11b 2x4 0x6 ) more

MahneelMusa: "@Jeff, as a neutral, I don't think the players you mentioned, apart from Darren Bravo, may have not had too much of an impact. The Windies have been without them for a long time now and its not just temporary."

End of over 3. 4 runs this over. 13/1 after 18 balls.
DM de Silva 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) KAJ Roach 2-0-5-1
MD Gunathilaka 9 (9b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 8 runs this over. 9/0 after 12 balls.
MD Gunathilaka 9 (9b 2x4 0x6 ) ST Gabriel 1-0-8-0
ML Udawatte 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 1 runs this over. 1/0 after 6 balls.
ML Udawatte 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) KAJ Roach 1-0-1-0
MD Gunathilaka 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
MD GunathilakaC D Bishoo B JO Holder21304070
ML UdawatteLBW KAJ Roach0600-
DM de SilvaB JO Holder17294058.62
BKG MendisLBW JO Holder25444056.82
ARS SilvaC DS Smith B JO Holder170014.29
N DickwellaB JO Holder6151040
MDK Pereranot out 23683033.82
MDKJ Pereranot out 28432065.12
RAS Lakmal -
CAK Rajitha -
CBRLS Kumara -
Total 154/10
KAJ Roach10.013313.3
ST Gabriel9.012602.89
JO Holder14.244152.86
ML Cummins6.011702.83
D Bishoo1.00404