The first Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Galle went exactly as planned. The visitors were unable to handle Sri Lanka’s spin test, and despite some late-order resistance, were defeated by 187 runs. The second and final Test of the series will also be played at the same location, and the outcome is unlikely to differ. This resurgent Lankan side is simply too good at home, and the Windies are all at sea in the longest format right now.
The test match will be held at Galle International Stadium in Galle Stadium beginning November 29th, 2021.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 2nd Test, West Indies Tour of Sri Lanka, 2021
Date: November 29, 2021 (Monday)
Time: 10:00 AM IST
Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Team Previews
Team Sri Lanka had a flawless home Test match in the previous match. After electing to bat first, they amassed 386 runs on a slow surface, thanks to a brilliant 147 by skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who followed it up with an 83-run knock in the second innings. Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, and Dinesh Chandimal all contributed. Their batting lineup now appears to be in great shape, which will make things difficult for the Windies.
But it was the performance of the Lankan spinners that really stood out. While left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama impressed with a spell of 4-40 in the first innings, Lasith Embuldeniya stole the show in the second with a spell of 5-46 that completely destroyed the opposition. Ramesh Mendis finished the match with a 7-wicket haul. The three spinners will be the main focus of the second Test once again, and how well the West Indian batsmen handle them will determine the outcome.
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 Karunaratne (c), Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama
The West Indies were abysmal in the first Test. They had nothing to show for it except a late-order resistance in the final innings and a good spell from Roston Chase. The batting lineup fell short. They were dismissed for 230 in the first inning. West Indies were bowled out for 160 after being set an imposing 348 for an unlikely win. Nkrumah Bonner’s 68 in the second innings and Joshua Da Silva’s valiant 54 down the order were their only saving graces. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite would have to step up, and people like Shai Hope would have to be more responsible. Jermaine Blackwood struggled in both innings, so perhaps they should try Jeremy Solozano as an opener in his place.
The West Indies also struggled as a bowling unit. Despite the surface’s assistance, off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall failed to make an impression, and it was only Roston Chase, with his 5-46 in the first innings, who showed some promise. Jomel Warrican, the team’s left-arm spinner, did well in patches, but the team will need a lot more from him to make an impact. Perhaps a little more input from Jason Holder would be beneficial.
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), Jermaine Blackwood/ Jeremy Solozano, Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss will bat first. It’s obvious that the team batting first has a significant advantage here, especially if they set up a large total.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
In this Test, the team batting first will have the best chance of scoring a massive total. Another score of 350 or higher is not out of the question. However, things will only get tougher in the final innings, and a target of 220 or so may be enough.
The pitch in Galle is expected to behave similarly to that of the first Test. It might even become a little slower. The going will be tough for batsmen once the surface shine wears off, but spinners will have a field day here. Medium pacers, on the other hand, will struggle to get much help from this wicket.
Some rain is expected over the course of the second Test’s five days, but we should still have a full game.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Match Prediction
The West Indies have yet to win a Test in Sri Lanka, and given their recent form, that wait is likely to continue. They don’t have the bowling depth to trouble the Lankan batsmen, and their batting has been, to put it mildly, insipid. Expect them to struggle once more against the home team’s trial by spin. They might have a glimmer of hope if Shai Hope steps up. However, Sri Lanka’s batting and bowling appear to be in good shape right now.
Sri Lanka is the favourite to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.17.
- The second Test will also be held in Galle, where the pitch will once again favour spinners.
- The West Indian batsmen were dreadful and couldn’t cope with the home team’s spin trio.
- Keep an eye out for left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, who appears to be in great form.
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