Sri Lanka were all out for 484 at the end of their first innings against West Indies Thursday as a lower order collapse saw them lose their last five wickets for just 36 runs in the first Test at Galle.
The hosts had reached a formidable 448-5 at tea after a record-breaking stand from Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal.
But after skipper Angelo Mathews was caught and bowled by his opposite number Jason Holder soon after the break, the Sri Lankan lower order was quickly skittled out as the spinner Devendra Bishoo took three wickets.
Bishoo finished with figures of 4 for 143 in 40.3 overs while Jerome Taylor was the pick of the fast bowlers, taking 2 for 65.
Karunaratne had earlier made 186 while Chandimal notched up 151 as they both made the West Indies’ bowlers toil on an unresponsive pitch under hot and humid conditions.
Their 238-run partnership for the third wicket set a new record in Tests between Sri Lanka and West Indies.