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West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2021, Today Match Prediction

21 Mar 2021 | 19:30 | Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
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Toss Winner - West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first

winner Match drawn

West Indies and Sri Lanka will now gear up to face-off in a two-match Test series.

  • West Indies won both the T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka and start off as favourites for the Tests.
  • Sri Lanka have had a poor run in Test cricket recently and have a major task on their hands.
  • West Indies have a strong bowling attack that will pose a tough challenge for the visitors.

The West Indies are favourites to win the first Test!

  • Tournament: Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2021
  • Format: TEST
  • Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
  • Toss: To Bat

wi vs sl Match Prediction & Analysis

After being engaged in an entertaining ODI and T20I series, West Indies and Sri Lanka will now move their focus to a two-match Test series beginning from March 21 at North Sound, Antigua. Both the teams will look to improve their Test rankings through this series – Sri Lanka is ranked 7th while the West Indies are the 8th position. However, West Indies will have the edge since they are playing at home. Moreover, they are coming off a terrific 2-0 Test series win from their tour of Bangladesh while Sri Lanka were thumped 0-2 at home.

Teams Preview

West Indies Preview

The West Indians will be a confident lot right now. They have found success in all three formats in recent months and will be eager to continue their good show. In Kraigg Brathwaite, they have a smart captain and a solid opening batsman. Darren Bravo, who was in good touch in the ODIs, will be their main batsman in the middle-order. Expect some big runs from him in this series. Nkrumah Bonner did well in Bangladesh and would like to continue his form. Another batsman to watch out for will be newbie Kyle Mayers who stunned world cricket with his sensational unbeaten 210 on debut against Bangladesh on that historic chase of 395.

On the bowling front, the West Indies have a strong four-pronged pace attack in the form of Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Alzaari Joseph, and Kyle Mayers. They are likely to be quite a handful on this surface against the Lankans. Left-arm orthodox bowler Jomel Warrican is the specialist spinner in the squad. Warraican did will in Bangladesh, picking up 10 wickets in the 2 Tests, and his role will be important here too.
 

West Indies Predicted Playing XI:

Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood (VC), Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Kyle Mayers, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Alzaari Joseph, Jomel Warrican

West Indies Key Players From Previous Game Of Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
D Bravo 102 132 5 4 77.27
S Hope 64 72 3 2 88.89
K Pollard 53 42 4 1 126.19
Bowlers O M R W Econ
A Hosein 10.0 0 33 3 3.3
A Joseph 10.0 0 51 1 5.1
J Mohammed 10.0 0 49 1 4.9
Bowlers O M R W Econ
A Hosein 10.0 0 33 3 3.3
A Joseph 10.0 0 51 1 5.1
J Mohammed 10.0 0 49 1 4.9

West Indies Actual Playing XI:

Kemar Roach, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kyle Mayers, Kraigg Brathwaite, Alzarri Joseph

Sri Lanka Preview

Sri Lanka haven’t had the best of times in all formats recently and they will have to be at the top of their game in this Test series if they hope to challenge West Indies at home. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne has a lot riding on his shoulders and would have to lead from the front. Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, and Angelo Mathews will be the mainstays of Sri Lanka’s batting. Chandimal and Matthews are the most experienced batsmen on the side and the team will hope they deliver. Niroshan Dickwella too can be an impact player down the order.

Dhananjaya de Silva, who had missed the England series after sustaining a thigh injury in South Africa, makes a return to the Test squad and the all-rounder’s presence will strengthen the team. His off-spin in particular will be quite handy. Suranga Lakmal and Vishwa Fernando are likely to be the main seamers for Sri Lanka in the first Test. Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, who is fresh from a 10-wicket haul against England, will also have a crucial role to play.
 

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:

Dimuth Karunaratne(C), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Embuldeniya

Sri Lanka Key Players From Previous Game Of Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
W Hasaranga 80 60 7 3 133.33
A Bandara 55 74 3 1 74.32
D Gunathilaka 36 38 6 0 94.74
Bowlers O M R W Econ
S Lakmal 9.3 1 56 2 5.89
W Hasaranga 10.0 0 49 1 4.9
T Perera 5.0 0 27 1 5.4
Bowlers O M R W Econ
S Lakmal 9.3 1 56 2 5.89
W Hasaranga 10.0 0 49 1 4.9
T Perera 5.0 0 27 1 5.4

Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:

Niroshan Dickwella, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Vishwa Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Embuldeniya

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 19 0.81 mm. 2.44 k/h From: NE 42%
03h 16 0 mm. 3.19 k/h From: NNE 15%
06h 14 0 mm. 3.44 k/h From: N 11%
09h 13 0 mm. 3.41 k/h From: N 24%
12h 12 0 mm. 3.29 k/h From: N 30%
15h 20 0 mm. 2.58 k/h From: NNE 39%
18h 25 0 mm. 1.48 k/h From: ENE 29%
21h 24 0.44 mm. 0.84 k/h From: ESE 82%

Weather Conditions

The pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua, was pretty even during the ODI series. It was very good for batting for the most part but also helped the seam bowlers. It will be interesting to see what track they use for this Test. But it’s likely to be pretty similar. 

The weather in Antigua for all the five days of the Test is expected to be sunny and nice with the day temperatures set to be around 29°C.
 

Venue Details

Unlike the limited-overs series, the bowlers should get more help during the Tests at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound. The likes of Roach, Holder, and Gabriel have a good record on this venue and it shows that seamers generally have a good time here. There have been only two totals of over 500 achieved on this venue and during the first Test, we can expect totals in excess of 350-plus by the teams in their first innings.

Toss: To Bat

The team winning the toss will be looking to bat first as chasing last on this wicket, which has seen a lot of wear and tear, might be quite tricky.

WI vs SL Winning Prediction

In the last 5 Tests between West Indies and Sri Lanka, the West Indies have only won one Test while the Lankan Lions have clinched 3 matches. However, times have changed and West Indies are a confident lot right now. They have tasted success in the format recently and have assembled a really solid team in home conditions. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have been poor and are coming off demoralizing losses. It will be hard for them to upstage the Windies at home. Their seniors might put up a good fight, but expect the West Indies to prevail.

The West Indies are favourites to win the first Test!

Author: Bhavesh B.