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West Indies vs. Sri Lanka 2021 : WINDIES WITH SKINNY ODDS || 1st Test

West Indies vs. Sri Lanka 2021

1st Test – Sun, 21st March

West Indies Cruising:

After series victories in both white-ball setups, the Windies will eye a reprise in the Test series as well. Nevertheless, there’s a distinct feel to the team, with new skipper Kraigg Brathwaite leading a youthful but capable team. West Indies head into the first game on the back of a remarkable series wins in Bangladesh. They will be highly poised right now. Nkrumah Bonner and Kyle Mayers will be the batters to watch out for, who had an excellent outing in Bangladesh and will want to continue their form. 

Possible playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Rakheem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva (WK), Jason Holder, Darren Bravo, Kemar Roach, and Shannon Gabriel.

Lankans Will put up a Fight:

Sri Lanka, on the contrary, will be seeking to retaliate their series of defeats in the ODIs and T20Is. They have coped marginally better in the Test format despite outcomes showing otherwise. With a skilled leader in Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lankans have a modest side adept at disturbing the West Indies. The responsibility will be on Dinesh Chandimal and Wanindu Hasaranga to deliver what should be an amusing Test. Though they will begin the game as underdogs, Sri Lanka has the correct mix of youth and experience, preparing for a level playing field.

Possible playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Angelo Mathews/Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Pathum Nissanka, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, and Lasith Embuldeniya.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The first Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies will begin at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on 21st March Sunday.

A good wicket awaits the two teams, with the pace bowlers likely to rule the roost in the game. With extra swing and bounce accessible off the wicket, the batters will need to be cautious of the new-ball bowlers in specific. As the match proceeds, the wicket should also slow down, getting the spin bowlers into play. Both sides would want to prevent batting in the fourth innings. Thus, skippers will elect to bat first on winning the toss.

Tops Value:

In the last 5 test matches between these two sides, the West Indies have only won one game while the Lankans have won 3 tests. Nevertheless, times have shifted, and West Indies are a confident side to regard. West Indies begin their test at the odds of 1.66, while the Lankans are at 3.10 and draw at 6.50.

The Caribbean has savoured success in the format of late and has built a powerful side in home conditions. Sri Lanka, for now, has been weak and is coming off disheartening losses. It will be difficult for them to outmanoeuvre the Windies at home. Their veterans might put up a good battle but anticipate the West Indies to prevail.