About the Match
Sri Lanka will host West Indies in a 2-match Test series, with the first test match scheduled to be held from 14th Oct at Galle. With a revamped test team consisting of youngsters, Sri Lanka is all set to go back to its winning ways after relinquishing the test series against Pakistan recently. West Indies also has a balanced team with experience and youth to its advantage; they will be eager make this contest a revival of their test rankings with a strong performance on the field. It will surely be a challenge for the visitors to dominate the Lankans but they will definitely give their best to come out all guns blazing at Galle.
Youngsters Kusal Mendis and Siriwardana have earned a spot in the Test squad and will add depth to the batting line-up that consists of players like Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva and Kusal Perera, who did well on his Test debut recently.
Captain Angelo Mathews needs to find success here and will look to support from the bowlers SurangaLakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep and Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal. They have a fantastic pace and spin bowling squad, which can outwit the opposition with ease.
They have a good record at home and it will be difficult for the Windies to strategize against the strong batting and bowling line-up. The youngsters will take this opportunity to showcase their talent and determined to win the series. Mathews and the experienced players must guide the newcomers; overall, they have the skills and resources to overcome the tactics of the visitors.
Jason Holder will lead the side and forms an integral part of the batting line-up along with players like Kraigg Brathwaite, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite. They click well as a team but need to be consistent here to achieve their goals.
The bowling squad consists of speedsters Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Bravo, Holder and Shannon Gabriel. JomelWarrican, Rajendra Chandrika, DevendraBishoo and other part-timers will provide their skills with spin bowling. All-rounders like Jermaine Blackwood, Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite can be helpful in adding variety to the attack.
Overall, this series will be a challenging contest of perseverance and determination for the Windies and they will definitely have to pull up their socks to outwit the hosts here. If they can build a strong foundation and keep their wickets safe, the bowlers will find it easier to go in for the kill later. In the scenario that they field first, the speedsters must find their magic in taking quick wickets of the young Sri Lankan team.
The island nation will come alive in support of its team and the Lankans will be motivated to do well here. However, they must be cautious against the West Indies pace attack, who will go all out once they acclimatize with the conditions on field. Although the visitors will try their best to dominate Sri Lanka, we feel that the hosts have a better chance to win the match