The West Indies will play their first Test match at home since 2019 when they lock horns against Sri Lanka in a short two-match Test series that will begin on 21st March 2021 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. This Test series will also see a change of guard as far as leadership duties are concerned for the West Indies. Kraigg Brathwaite has been made the full-time captain of the West Indian Test side starting with the home series against the Lankans.
On the other hand, the Sri Lankan side will enter the series on the back of four consecutive Test match defeats. In fact, such has been Sri Lanka’s poor run in the whites that they have managed to win just one out of the last nine Test matches that they have played.
The Test series between the two sides will be a part of the World Test Championship (WTC). Sri Lanka will be desperate to end their losing streak in Test cricket when they take on Kraigg Brathwaite and his men in the first rubber. On the other hand, the West Indies will be looking to assert their dominance under a new leader. And surely, a cracking series awaits the fans.
Pitch and conditions
Patience will be the biggest virtue that the batsmen would need if they have to score runs on this pitch. The pitch will definitely help the bowlers, and the spinners might come into play as the match progress and enters the business end. However, if the batsmen can be watchful, they can make it count.
Playing Combinations for WI vs SL
Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell will open the batting for the hosts. The experienced Darren Bravo will occupy the no.3 slot. Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, and Jermaine Blackwood will complete the middle order. Joshua Da Silva will don the wicket-keeping gloves. The West Indies have a potent bowling attack, with the likes of Shannon Gabriel, Alzaari Joseph, and Jason Holder capable of causing a lot of trouble to the opposition.
Predicted Playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva (WK), Rahkeem Cornwall, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel
For Sri Lanka, two left-handers will wield the willow at the top of the order. Lahiru Thirimanne and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne will open the batting for the visitors, with Oshada Fernando coming in at no.3. While the experienced Dinesh Chandimal will occupy the no.4 slot, the likes of Dhananjaya De Silva and Niroshan Dickwella will occupy the no.5 and no.6 slots respectively. The Sri Lankan side is likely to field two spinners in Wanindu Hasaranga and Lasith Embuldeniya. The two pacers who will take the field tomorrow for the visitors are Suranga Lakmal and Vishwa Fernando.
Predicted Playing XI: Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Ramesh Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando
WI vs SL Head-to-Head
Played- 20| West Indies- 4 | Sri Lanka-9 | Draw-7
WI vs SL Broadcast Details
Match Timings: 7:30 PM (IST)
Live Streaming: FanCode
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
- WI vs SL: 2nd ODI, Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match?
- When and Where to Watch West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Live Streaming, Match Preview, Timings, and Pitch Report for 2nd ODI
- ‘Cricket has gone bonkers’ – Cricketing world reacts to Danushka Gunathilaka getting out obstructing the field
- West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka gets out obstructing the field in the first ODI
- When and Where to Watch West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Live Streaming, Match Preview, Timings, and Pitch Report for 1st ODI