After a rigorous T20 diet for the past few months, it will be intriguing to see how Sri Lanka and the West Indies adjust to the rigors of Test cricket. West Indian batsmen have historically struggled on subcontinent wickets and will be wary of the home team’s spin resources. Both nations had poor performances in the recently concluded T20 World Cup and would be eager to get the new series off to a winning start. The host side’s expertise in these conditions might be crucial, especially because the West Indies haven’t played any Tests in these conditions in a long time.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 1st Test, West Indies tour of Sri Lanka, 2021
Date: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 12:00 PM IST
Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Team Previews
Team Sri Lanka has named a strong 22-man roster for the two games. The team is led by Dimuth Karunaratne and features four frontline spinners in Lakshan Sandakan, Ramesh Mendis, Praveen Jayawickrama, and Lasith Embuldenia, as well as six pace alternatives. Given the circumstances and the vulnerability of many West Indian batsmen to slow bowling, the side is likely to go with at least three spin-bowling options. Their speed department would be commanded by the seasoned Suranga Lakmal, and other names such as Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, and Asitha Fernando might be included.
The batting department will be heavily reliant on skipper Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, and experienced allrounder Angelo Mathews. Karunaratne has been in terrific form, scoring 118 and 66 in Sri Lanka’s last Test against Bangladesh in May. Dhananjaya De Silva, Oshada Fernando, and Charith Asalanka, who recently impressed in the T20 World Cup, are the other batsmen to keep an eye on.
Sri Lanka Test Squad
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Minod Bhanuka, Kamil Mishara, Roshane Silva, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Praveen Jayawickrema, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lakshan Sandakan, Suminda Lakshan, Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Chamika Gunasekera, Praveen Jayawickrama
Predicted XI: Dimuth Karunarathne (c), Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya De Silva, Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Praveen Jayawickrama
The West Indies last played a Test series in August, a two-match series against Pakistan that ended in a tie. It included a dramatic contest in which the Windies won by one wicket.
Kraigg Braithwaite will captain a well-balanced team with a solid blend of youth and experience. With spin expected to be a major factor in Galle, spinner Rahkeem Cornwall and all-rounder Roston Chase will be crucial for the tourists. Jason Holder, an all-rounder with good experience bowling on subcontinent grounds, will be another player who can make a difference for the club. Jayden Seales, a 20-year-old fast bowler, is an intriguing potential, and it will be interesting to see if he can disrupt the Lankan top-order.
Apart from skipper Braithwaite, the batting unit is anticipated to be held together by vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood, Shai Hope, Nkrumah Bonner, and Roston Chase. Jermy Solozano, an uncapped player, is expected to open the innings alongside Brathwaite after impressing the selectors with his poise.
West Indies Test Squad
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jeremy Solozano, Jomel Warrican
Predicted XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermy Solozano, Shai Hope, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Toss Prediction
The side batting second has won a massive 61 percent of the matches at Galle. However, because this is the first Test of the series, the team that wins the toss may elect to bat first; and attempt to produce a large total in order to gain an early advantage.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Nineteen of the 35 matches played at the Galle International Stadium have been won by the team batting first; while ten have been won by the side batting second. The average first-inning score in this stadium is 369, and it lowers to 154 in the final innings.
The Galle International Stadium has typically been favourable for spinners to help the local team; and the opening Test should be no different. While the pitch will be fine for batting for the first couple of days; it will begin to slow down after the third day and may disintegrate by the last two days.
The weather in Galle is forecast to be clear and nice for all five days; with the maximum temperature hovering around 30 degrees.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Match Prediction
Sri Lanka and the West Indies have played 22 Tests against each other; with the Lankans winning nine and the Windies winning four. Both of the last two Test matches between the two teams ended in draws. However, we can anticipate results in both of the series’ Tests. While the West Indies are a volatile bunch who have surprised many teams in recent years; Sri Lanka are quite formidable at home. Their batting experience and overall spin bowling strength should be enough to dominate the visitors.
Sri Lanka is the favorites to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.28.
- Both teams have recently played T20s and may struggle to adjust to the longer format.
- With their spin-bowling talent, Sri Lanka is likely to dominate.
- The Windies’ most important players will be Rahkeem Cornwall and all-rounder Roston Chase.
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