Roston Chase (West Indies)
Chase toppled the tail with four for 15 off 8.2 overs including one maiden in the second innings of the West Indies’ first Test victory over Sri Lanka.
Unused as a bowler in the first innings, Chase’s off spin confounded the Sri Lankan tail after the removal of Kusal Mendis, which led to one of the most destructive spells of Chase’s bowling career. In the 80th over, he took the wickets of Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella and on the first two balls of the 84th over, knocked out Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara to put him perilously close to a hat-trick and secure his third-career Test four-for in 25 innings.
Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka)
Mendis opened with 102 off 210 including 10 boundaries and two maximums in the second innings of Sri Lanka’s first Test against the West Indies.
Chasing a near-impossible 453, Mendis gave Sri Lanka a chance, forming half-century partnerships on the second and third wickets with Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva, doing virtually all of the heavy lifting in both situations before eventually falling to Shannon Gabriel on a top-class delivery. The century was the 23-year-old glovesman’s fifth in 49 innings as he more than bounced back from tough first innings.
Kieran Powell (West Indies)
Powell top-scored for his side with 88 off 127 including seven boundaries and two maximums in the second innings of the West Indies first Test against Sri Lanka.
Up 229, the West Indies chose not to enforce the follow-on and at the beginning of their innings, looked to play relatively quickly to accumulate runs to set an unreachable target for Sri Lanka. While no one else was able to cross the half-century barrier, Powell recorded his first half-century against a non-Zimbabwe side since he scored 110 at Dhaka against Bangladesh in November 2012, a span of 38 innings and nearly six years. The West Indies would declare with Sri Lanka needing to chase 453 and have 277 runs to go with seven wickets in hand going into the final day of play.
Devon Smith (West Indies)
Smith scored seven off 21 balls with the help of one four for West Indies in their first innings of the first Test in the three-match series against Sri Lanka in Port of Spain on Thursday.
Smith had an average outing for the home side. The 36-year-old, who last played in the five-day format back in 2015, could not contribute significantly for West Indies and got out without getting into double figures. The team management will be hoping that the veteran opener can return to a decent form in the second innings.
Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka)
Chandimal scored 44 off 121 balls with the help of five fours for Sri Lanka in their first innings of the first Test in the three-match series against West Indies in Port of Spain on Friday.
Chandimal put a solid effort for his team in tough circumstances. With wickets falling around him, the right-handed batsman finished with the top score of 44. Even though Chandimal’s effort was not enough to save Sri Lanka from an embarrassing performance in the first innings, but the 28-year-old surely showed his teammates the route to an improved outing the second time around.
Suranga Lakmal (Sri Lanka)
Lakmal claimed figures of two for 55 for Sri Lanka in West Indies’ first innings of the first Test in the three-match series in Port of Spain on Wednesday.
Lakmal produced an outstanding spell of fast bowling for the visitors. The right-arm pacer not only claimed wickets of Kraigg Brathwaite and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo but was also the most economical bowler from Sri Lanka as he finished with an economy-rate of 1.89. It was the third time in last five innings in the five-day format when Lakmal claimed two wickets or more for the Islanders.
Shannon Gabriel (West Indies)
Gabriel claimed figures of two for 48 for West Indies in Sri Lanka’s first innings of the first Test in the three-match series in Port of Spain on Wednesday.
Gabriel produced an outstanding performance for the home side. The right-arm pacer was on target right from the word go and claimed wickets of opener Kusal Mendis and Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal. It was the first time in six innings in the five-day format when Gabriel claimed two wickets or more for the Caribbean giants.
Shane Dowrich (West Indies)
Dowrich scored 125 not out off 325 balls with the help of 12 fours for West Indies in their first innings of the first Test in the three-match series against Sri Lanka in Port of Spain on Thursday.
Dowrich produced an outstanding display for the home side. The wicketkeeper-batsman was under pressure coming into the match, but he responded brilliantly by scoring his first century in the five-day format. The most impressive aspect of Dowrich’s knock was his temperament, as he faced nearly 55 himself and stayed on the crease for nearly 116 overs.