The hosts declared their second innings at 191-4 and set West Indies an unlikely 348 runs to win.
West Indies collapsed to 18-6 in its second innings earlier than ending the fourth day on 52-6 as Sri Lanka took full management of the primary cricket Take a look at.
Spin bowlers Ramesh Mendis and Lasith Embuldeniya moved Sri Lanka near victory Wednesday after the hosts declared their second innings at 191-4 and set West Indies an unlikely 348 runs to win.
Sri Lanka is simply 4 wickets away from victory on a turning pitch at Galle Worldwide Stadium, with West Indies needing one other 296 runs to win, or attempting to bat out the ultimate day.
Sri Lanka gained the toss and scored 386 in its first innings. West Indies replied with 230 — conceding a 156-run lead — after resuming Wednesday on 224-9. Sri Lanka then declared its second innings early.
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 83 runs to observe his 147 within the first innings. Angelo Mathews hit two sixes and 6 boundaries for 69 not out.
West Indies’ second-innings collapse started when offspinner Mendis trapped West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite lbw with out scoring within the fourth over. Mathews took an excellent catch diving ahead at mid-on to dismiss Jermaine Blackwood (9) off left-arm spinner Embuldeniya.
When Mendis bowled Jason Holder within the first ball he confronted with a supply that went straight on, the West Indies plummeted to 18-6.
Nkrumah Bonner (18 not out) and Joshua Da Silva (15 not out) shared an unbroken 34 runs for the seventh wicket when play closed early due to unhealthy mild.
Mendis had bowling figures of 4-17 whereas Embuldeniya took 2-18.