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After a surprisingly crushing defeat in the first test in Port of Spain, Sri Lanka will now face an uphill task to level the series as the two teams move to Gros Islet. The five-day match will be played on 14th June starting at 2 pm GMT. West Indies have a 1-0 lead in the series and if they can repeat what they did in the first test, the crowd at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium will witness the history being written. They last won a home series six years ago against a team other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be looking to draw level and take the series to the last match.
Kieren Powell returned to the form as he scored runs in both the innings. With the golden chance to wrap up the test series, the team will be looking up to him to provide the team stability in the middle order. Shane Dowrich scored a gritty century with excellent support from the lower middle order. Skipper Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo played important cameos as the home team posted match-defining first innings total.
While the pitch didn't appear to assist the Islanders, the West Indies' bowlers extracted pace, bounce, and movement to make life difficult for the batsmen. At one time, West Indies' bowlers had Sri Lanka at 31 for 3 and five chips down for less than a hundred.
While the home team will be happy with the overall performance of the side, they will still be particularly worried about the performance of their openers. Kraigg Brathwaite and Devon Smith failed in both innings in the opening Test and they'd need to come good to avoid giving the Islanders even a sniff. Barring that and a few other things, the Caribbean team looks good to get another win in this series.
Kraigg Brathwaite, Devon Smith, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel.
To add to the Sri Lankan woes, Angelo Matthews and Lahiru Gamage will return home due to personal reasons and fractured finger respectively. While Shanaka and Gunathilaka have arrived in St. Lucia it is unlikely they will be part of the second test.
Sri Lanka will have plenty to ponder upon following their massive defeat in the first test. After being in a position of advantage after the first day, they let that advantage slip as they allowed the West Indies' tailenders to stitch together crucial stands with Shane Dowrich. Barring Lahiru Kumara, who picked up seven scalps, no bowler looked lethal enough to pick wickets.
Just like the way their bowling did, their batting looked listless on a surface there weren't any visible demons. The only bright spot in their batting was the performance of Kusal Mendis, who scored valiant 102 in the second innings. Barring him, no Sri Lankan batsman was able to get past a personal score of fifty runs.
With batting underperforming and bowling not looking in rhythm, Sri Lanka looked like a mere shadow of themselves. Dhananjaya de Silva will join the playing eleven which might provide some relief to the subpar looking batting lineup. Overall, the Sri Lankan teams look good on paper, but given their recent performances, it is certainly going to be tough to bounce back.
Kusal Mendis , Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Mahela Udawatte, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.
Just like the first test, captain winning the toss will elect to bat first.
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The conditions will be pretty similar to what it was like in the first Test. Batting fourth on a deteriorating surface will require momentous effort. A first innings total of 300 will be a good score on this wicket and anything more would be a bonus. Expect the team winning the toss to bat first.
With Sri Lanka going through all sorts of troubles, they'll need a momentous effort from their members to draw level. West Indies, on the other hand, will be brimming with confidence on the back of an excellent performance in the first match. With Angelo Matthews and Lahiru Gamage set to miss this test, the problems of the Islanders have only magnified. West Indies are playing at home and with better knowledge of conditions and better team morale, they are well set to wrap the series with a win in the second test at St Lucia.
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