Muralitharan snared eight wickets yesterday to propel Sri
Lanka to a 240-run win over a beleaguered West Indies, in
the Second Test and a 2-0 series sweep.
Set an improbable 378 runs to win on a crumbling fourth-day
pitch, the West Indies were bundled out for 137, as the
batsmen struggled against offspinner Muralitharan, who returned
8-46 in 16.2 overs.
It was the 46th time Muralitharan has collected five wickets
or more in a Test innings.
Earlier Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 157 his
eighth Test hundred off 284 balls to boost Sri Lankas
second innings to 375 for seven before the hosts declared.
In a see-sawing match, Sri Lanka was sent in to bat on the
opening day and was skittled for 150 in its first innings.
Paceman Chaminda Vaas led the fightback by taking 6 for
22 to restrict the West Indies to 148 in reply.
Lasith Malinga opened the bowling for Sri Lanka yesterday
in the absence of Vaas, who was struggling with a hamstring
injury, and struck immediately, trapping Xavier Marshall
(one) lbw with the total on two.
Muralitharan began his spell shortly after lunch and soon
trapped Runako Morton (9) lbw to make the total 38 for two.
He struck successive blows with the total at 49, dismissing
opener Ryan Ramdass (23) and Sylvester Joseph (nought),
caught by Mahela Jayawardene at silly mid-off.
West Indies skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul failed
to make any impression as he was caught pad-bat by Jayawardene,
off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.
Narsingh Deonarine top-scored for the West Indies with 29.
Earlier in the rain-interrupted fourth day, New Zealand
umpire Tony Hill banned West Indian fast bowler Tino Best
for the rest of the innings for bowling two beamers.
Hill had warned Best for bowling a full delivery over waist
height against Sangakkara on Sunday and the bowler was taken
out of the attack when he repeated it against Herath in
his second over of the day.
Sri Lanka had resumed its second innings yesterday on the
overnight 340 for seven and added 35 without further loss,
before sending the West Indians in to bat again.