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Series: Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2021
Match: West Indies vs Sri Lanka
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021 – Thursday, March 25, 2021
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
Time: 09:30 Local / 23:30 GMT / 18:30 PST
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Preview:
West Indies will take on Sri Lanka in the first of the two-match test series on Sunday. Despite sending an inexperienced squad to Bangladesh, West Indies have managed to pull off an improbable victory in the test series by a margin of 2-0. Stand-in skipper for that tour, Kraigg Brathwaite has been justifiably rewarded with a full-time test captaincy role. Kyle Mayers, who scored a double century on debut in the Bangladesh tour, has kept his place for the Sri Lanka series as well. Winning the T20I and ODI series must have boosted West Indies’confidence immensely.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have won only one game combined in both T20 and ODI series in this tour. They will be really hungry for a turnaround as they have lost their last two home and away Test series against England and South Africa respectively. The last time these two teams met in Test was way back in 2018, where the series was drawn 1-1. Lasith Embuldeniya, who bowled really well in the home conditions against England, will be the man to watch for in this series. Sri Lanka are currently ranked seventh in the ICC Test rankings.
Pitch report & Weather report:
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium has hosted eight Test matches so far, where 3 matches ended in a draw. Home side West Indies have won 3 and lost 2 matches on this venue. Fast bowlers have an excellent record bowling on this venue, while the surface will definitely test batsmen’s technique in the first 2 days.
We can expect ideal weather conditions to play cricket for the next five days here in Antigua, where the 2nd and 3rd days of the test will be mostly cloudy, whereas the other 3 days will be sunny. The maximum temperature will touch 28 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature is predicted to be at 23 degrees Celsius. There is no chance of precipitation for this match.
Prediction & Expert Advice:
West Indies are expected to win this match.
Probable Playing XI:
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Darren Bravo / Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka/Wanindu Hasaranga, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando
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