Shannon Gabriel © Getty Images
Shannon Gabriel © Getty Images

Shannon Gabriel followed his first-innings haul of 5 for 59 with 8 for 62 in the second innings as Sri Lanka  were bowled out for 342 in the second innings. Gabriel’s 13 for 121 are the third-best match figures in West Indian history. The only West Indians with better match figures than him are Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh, both of Jamaica. Gabriel is a Trinidadian. Gabriel had got debutant Mahela Udawatte, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella, and Suranga Lakmal in the first innings. In the second he accounted for Dhananjaya, Roshen, Dickwella, and Lakmal for a second time. He also snared Kusal Perera, debutant Kasun Rajitha, Kusal Mendis, and Akila Dananjaya. Only captain Dinesh Chandimal  and Lahiru Kumara escaped him. These are the best match figures for West Indies:

Best match figures for West Indies
Figures 1st inn 2nd inn Bowler Against Venue Season
14/149 8/92 6/57 Michael Holding England The Oval 1976
13/55 7/37 6/18 Courtney Walsh New Zealand Wellington 1994-95
13/121 5/59 8/62 Shannon Gabriel Sri Lanka Gros Islet 2018
12/121 7/64 5/57 Andy Roberts India Madras 1974-75

In the second innings, Gabriel also became the eighth West Indian to take eight wickets in an innings. These are the best innings figures for West Indies.

Best innings figures for West Indies
Figures Bowler Against Venue Season
9/95 Jack Noreiga India Port-of-Spain 1970-71
8/29 Colin Croft Pakistan Port-of-Spain 1976-77
8/38 Lance Gibbs India Bridgetown 1961-62
8/45 Curtly Ambrose England Bridgetown 1990
8/49 Devendra Bishoo Pakistan Dubai 2016-17
8/62 Shannon Gabriel Sri Lanka Gros Islet 2018
8/92 Michael Holding England The Oval 1976
8/104 Alf Valentine England Old Trafford 1950

For a country known for its fast bowlers, it is interesting how four of these eight entries are of spinners — Jack Noreiga, Lance Gibbs, Devendra Bishoo, and Alf Valentine. Surprisingly, none of these men feature in the list of match figures.