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Toss Winner - Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first
Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 164 runs
Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 187 runs in the 1st Test to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Back Sri Lanka to win and take the series 2-0.
Tournament: Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2021 | Format: TEST | Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka | Toss: To BatBet Now
The 1st Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies at Galle went exactly as we had anticipated. The visitors couldn’t handle Sri Lanka’s spin test and despite some late-order resistance, floundered to lose the match by 187 runs. The second and final Test of the series will also be played on the same venue and the result is unlikely to be any different. This resurgent Lankan side is looking just too good at home and the Windies are all at sea currently in the longest format.
Sri Lanka had the perfect home Test in the previous match. After opting to bat first, they put on a solid 386 runs on the board on a slow surface courtesy of a brilliant 147 by skipper Dimuth Karunaratne who followed it with a knock of 83 in the second innings. The likes of Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, opener Pathum Nissanka, and Dinesh Chandimal too contributed. Their batting unit now looks in really good shape and this will make things tough for the Windies.
But what really stood out was the performance of the Lankan spinners. While left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama impressed in the 1st innings with a spell of 4-40, Lasith Embuldeniya stole the show in the 2nd with his spell of 5-46 which destroyed the opposition. Off-spinner Ramesh Mendis ended the match with a 7-wicket haul. The three spinners will again be the main focus on the second Test and how well the West Indian batsmen handle them will decide the result.
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama
Pathum Nissanka, Ramesh Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Praveen Jayawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Dinesh Chandimal, Oshada Fernando
The West Indies were insipid all around in the 1st Test. Barring a late-order resistance in the final innings, and a good spell by Roston Chase, they had nothing to show. The batting unit failed to deliver. In the 1st innings, they fell for a paltry 230. And after being set an imposing 348 for an unlikely win, West Indies were bowled out for 160. Nkrumah Bonner’s 68 in the 2nd innings along with Joshua Da Silva’s fighting 54 down the order were the only saving grace for them. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite would have to really step up and the likes of Shai Hope have to be a little more responsible. Jermaine Blackwood failed in both the innings and maybe they could try Jeremy Solozano in his place as an opener.
West Indies also failed as a bowling unit. Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall couldn’t make an impression despite the help from the surface and it was only Roston Chase, with his 5-46 in the 1st innings, who showed some promise. Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican did do well in patches but the team will need a lot more to make an impact. Perhaps a little more contribution from Jason Holder would help.
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood/ Jeremy Solozano, Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel
Kemar Roach, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Joshua Da Silva, Veerasammy Permaul, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Jomel Warrican
The pitch at Galle is expected to behave the same way it did in the first Test. If anything, it might become a little slower. Batsmen will find the goings tough once the shine wears off from the surface and the spinners will have a great time here. Medium pacers will struggle to get much help from this wicket, though.
Some showers are expected during the course of the 5 days of the second Test, but we should still have a full game.
The team batting first in this Test will have the best chance of scoring a formidable total. Another 350-plus score cannot be ruled out. However, things will only get tougher by the last innings and even a target of 220-odd might be enough.
The team winning the toss will be looking to bat first. It’s clear that the team batting first gets a big advantage here once they set up a big total.
The West Indies are yet to win a Test in Sri Lanka and that wait is likely to continue given the form they have shown so far. They don’t have the bowling depth to trouble the Lankan batsmen much and their batting has been insipid, to say the least. Expect them to struggle once again against a trial by spin by the home team. If Shai Hope steps up, then they might have a glimmer of hope. But Sri Lanka’s batting and bowling is looking quite healthy right now.
Back Sri Lanka to win and take the series 2-0.
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