Mendis bags five as Sri Lanka crushes Ireland to record 100th Test win

Prabath Jayasuriya becomes the fastest-ever spinner to 50 Test wickets

By AFP

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Sri Lanka's Prabath Jayasuriya (left) bowls during the fifth day of the second Test against Ireland at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Friday. — AFP
Sri Lanka's Prabath Jayasuriya (left) bowls during the fifth day of the second Test against Ireland at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Friday. — AFP

Published: Fri 28 Apr 2023, 3:29 PM

Last updated: Fri 28 Apr 2023, 8:14 PM

Ramesh Mendis took five wickets and Prabath Jayasuriya became the fastest-ever spinner to 50 Test wickets on Friday as Sri Lanka thrashed Ireland by an innings and 10 runs in the second Test.

The host swept the two-match series in Galle 2-0, recording its 100th Test win and leaving the tourist still seeking a first victory in cricket's longest format.


Harry Tector fought a lone last-day rearguard action to try to bat out a draw, scoring 85 and mounting a 41-run stand for the ninth wicket, but Mendis took 5-64 as Ireland were bowled out for 202 in their second innings.

Asitha Fernando bowled Tector with a yorker to end the resistance and accounted for last man Ben White with the very next ball to wrap up another emphatic win in style.


The visitor posted 492 in their first innings — among the highest-ever scores to be followed by an innings defeat.

After Sri Lanka declared on 704-3, Ireland resumed its second innings on 54-2, hoping to hold on for a draw on a track still good for batting.

But Jayasuriya dismissed Paul Stirling in the fourth over of the morning to become the quickest-ever spinner to take 50 wickets, in just seven Tests.

Fellow left-armer Alf Valentine of West Indies had taken eight games to the milestone more than seven decades earlier.

Mendis removed first-innings centurion Curtis Campher when he swept one straight into the hands of Kusal Mendis at leg-slip, and took his third wicket of the innings when captain Andy Balbirnie drove one straight to Angelo Mathews at mid-off on 46.

Mendis then dismissed Andy McBrine and Graham Hume in successive overs to claim his fourth five-wicket haul.

Sri Lanka won the first Test by an innings and 280 runs.

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