West Indies vs Sri Lanka: After a resounding victory in the first test, West Indies seem a much more confident unit. At home, the Caribbean boys look far more competitive. And against a struggling Sri Lankan unit, the task becomes easier. Sri Lanka were beaten comprehensively at Port of Spain and have a lot to play for at the Gros Islet, St. Lucia. While the home team will be looking to register back to back victories; that after 4 years, the Asian mortals will try to better their efforts from the first test. Sri Lanka are a better unit than what was portrayed in the defeat in the previous game. The Lankans are in a transition stage and there’s no better opportunity for them to prove their mettle. West Indies vs Sri Lanka, will be a test of character for the Lankans.
VENUE: GROS ISLET, ST. LUCIA
STATS AT THE VENUE
STATS AT GROS ISLET
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588/8 by IND vs WI
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108 by WI vs IND
Win the toss and bat first on this wicket. Batting 4th here has never been advantageous. The wicket gets slower and lower as the game progresses. The average 4th innings total on this wicket in 137. That clearly shows that the pitch deteriorates as the test commences. The West Indian lower order showed a lot of resilience in the first test and the unit will be expecting the top order to do the bulk of the scoring. Sri Lanka need to use their spinners effectively. Tweakers on this wicket must be used as an attacking option.
West Indies are likely to field the same eleven. Shimron Hetmyer’s inclusion is doubtful as the Windies are almost certain to provide Devon Smith with another opportunity.
Angelo Matthews won’t be a part of the second test due to personal reasons. Lahiru Gamage has been ruled out because of a fractured finger.
Asitha Fernando is likely to make his test debut.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
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.
Devon Smith, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich(w), Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Dinesh Chandimal has been Sri Lanka’s mainstay. Without the skipper, the batting order seems extremely ordinary. Sri Lanka have Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella who are brilliant talents but it’s Chandimal’s presence out in the middle that brings a certain calm. In tests, Chandimal averages an impressive 43.55 and if Sri Lanka are wanting to take this second test, Chandimal has to do the majority of the scoring.
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Chase has been an integral cog in the West Indian wheel. A healthy 37.15 average with the bat and 35 scalps in 18 tests make him a certainty in the team and also a favourite for a captain & a vice-captain in your FanFight fantasy cricket team. Chase has scored 3 test hundreds and his temperament to bat out tough conditions in the 4th innings makes him a player to watch out for.
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