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Series: Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2021
Match: West Indies vs Sri Lanka
Date: Monday, March 29, 2021 – Friday, April 02, 2021
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
Time: 09:30 Local / 23:30 GMT / 18:30 PST
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The first Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka maintained the element of surprise that Tests in recent times have boasted of, after going into the final day and into the final hour. While there have been thrilling results, the drawn result between the two was hardly a tame one, contrary to what it may suggest.
The game had all the undulations of a good Test match – drama, resolve, and it also unearthed a new star. While different personnel stood up for both teams across the five days, it came down to the final 45 minutes on the final day before the teams shook hands.
Jason Holder and Kemar Roach were exemplary with the new ball as Sri Lanka fell apart. With collapses being a regular feature of their batting, they would’ve been pleased with the fightback from Lahiru Thirimanne in the first innings and debutant Pathum Nissanka along with Niroshan Dickwella in the second. It augurs well for the team’s confidence that the batting line-up managed a quick turnaround after the first innings struggles.
Similarly with the ball for the visitors, Suranga Lakmal bowled out of his skin in a lion-hearted effort across both innings returning a five-wicket haul in the first, but in the second, on a flat wicket, Sri Lanka’s bowlers had nothing left in their tank to churn up.
Nkrumah Bonner’s resolve was unshakable as he went on a blockathon and ensured that West Indies too had similar confidence to show for, putting on an improved show as the wicket eased.
But both teams have their own areas of concerns, having shown their vulnerabilities as well, but with the series still perched at 0-0, the final Test will have a lot riding on it, with Sri Lanka eyeing a maiden series win in the Caribbean.
Pitch report & Weather report:
The surface here in Sir Vivian Richards Stadium will assist the bowlers for the first 2 days of the Test, but it will become completely flat on the fourth day, making things easy for the batsmen. Whoever wins the toss should bowl first on this wicket.
It will be partly cloudy for the first 3 days with the maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and for the next 2 days it is likely to sunny. The average humidity levels are at 68 per cent. 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, John Campbell, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Rahkeem Cornwall, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican/Shannon Gabriel
Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando
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