(AP) – Chaminda Vaas captured five wickets for 61 runs to lead Sri Lanka to an historic first win in the Caribbean; defeating West Indies by 121 runs with 6.4 overâ€™s left in the opening test on Wednesday.
Resuming on 96 for one and needing 437 for victory, West Indies tried holding out for a draw and was bowled for 315 at Providence Stadium. World-class off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who bowled for most of the final day helped in with three for 112.
In a tense final hour Vaas bagged both final wickets with the new ball. He forced Jerome Taylor to edge a delivery to second slip, then four overs later and about 15 minutes from stumps, he got Daren Powell to loft to mid-off where Muralitharan grasped a stunning, one-handed catch over his head to provide Vaas with his 12th five-wicket hauls in tests.
Vaas, named man of the match, took 8-109 overall and scored a half century. Sri Lanka lost 1-0 on both previous visits to the Caribbean in 1997 and 2003.