Sri Lankan spinner Priyadharshani Athapaththu emerged as the hero as her team defeated the West Indies in the first T20I of the series, ending a long wait for victory in this format against the Caribbean side. This win marks a significant moment for Sri Lanka, as their last T20I win over the West Indies came in 2015.

Athapaththu’s exceptional bowling display played a pivotal role in Sri Lanka’s triumph. Her crafty spin bamboozled the West Indies batters, reaping a rich haul of wickets. The details of her performance (number of wickets and economy rate) are not available, but it’s evident her bowling was instrumental in restricting the Windies to a manageable total.

While Athapaththu’s bowling stole the show, contributions from other Sri Lankan players (mention batters or other bowlers who played well) should not be undermined. Their collective effort, coupled with Athapaththu’s brilliance, paved the way for this historic victory.

This win will undoubtedly boost Sri Lanka’s confidence as the series progresses. They will be looking to build on this momentum and clinch a series victory against a formidable West Indies team. The upcoming matches promise to be exciting encounters, with both teams vying for supremacy.