West Indies vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Match Preview
Sri Lanka had hoped this would be one of their easier away tours this year. West Indies’ home record was modest; Sri Lanka’s Test side was picking up some momentum. But the Test in Port-of-Spain wasn’t merely a defeat, it was a decimation. Twice West Indies’ quicks scythed through the visitors’ top order. Although Sri Lanka had fielded five frontline bowlers, they still could not capitalise on having the opposition 147 for 5 on the first day. On a batting track, only Kusal Mendis could muster a score of over 45 – and even that, only having given two clear-cut chances.
When: June 14, 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
Venue Stats – Test
|Matches won batting first||2|
|Average 1st Inns scores||418|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||286|
|Average 3rd Inns scores||235|
|Average 4th Inns scores||137|
|Highest total recorded||588/8 (148.2 Ov) by Ind vs WI|
|Lowest total recorded||108/10 (47.3 Ov) by WI vs Ind|
Seam bowlers had done well in the most-recent Test played at this venue – the India-West Indies Test of 2016. Given the home quicks’ dominance in Trinidad, a lively pitch could be expected.
Form guide (last five matches, most recent first)
West Indies : W L L D W
Sri Lanka : L W D D L
Windies are likely to be unchanged
Angelo Mathews, who went on tour with the national team for West Indies will be returning back to the country, due to a personal reason.
Lahiru Gamage, who suffered an injury (fractured finger), while batting in the first test match also returns back.
Dasun Shanaka and Danushka Gunathilaka have been named as replacements of Angelo Mathews & Lahori Gamage but they fly out on the eve of the match, and won’t be available.
Dhananjaya de Silva, who joined the squad belatedly due to his father’s death, should slot in for Mathews.
20 years old Asitha Fernando’s can make his Test debut.
West Indies : Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Devon Smith, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer
Sri Lanka : Dinesh Chandimal (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Mahela Udawatte, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Kasun Rajitha, Jeffrey Vandersay
Devon Smith, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich(w), Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel.
Kusal Perera/Mahela Udawatte, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando.
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