Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Pressure on West Indies as another spin test awaits. Do West Indies batters have the skills to conquer a spin test?
Do West Indies batters have the skills to conquer a spin test?
West Indies have lost their last five tosses in Sri Lanka, but the statistic that will worry them more is how they haven't been able to win a Test in all their years of travelling to these shores, going as far back as 1993.
In that sense, their defeat last week in Galle wasn't something out of the ordinary, but what will be is the venue for the second Test. It will be the dry, spinning, beautiful Galle once again – the first time West Indies will be playing back to back Tests at the same venue in Sri Lanka – and how handy the learnings from last week come in could shape the series for the visitors as well as the hosts.
West Indies, even in a loss last week, might have come across what exactly is needed on these Sri Lankan pitches. They were wobbling at 18 for 6 in the second innings when Nkrumah Bonner and Joshua Da Silva put on a stubborn rearguard, playing out 220 and 129 balls respectively and making Sri Lankan bowlers mount spell after spell in the heat. Even with the ball, Rahkeem Cornwall hit better lines and lengths in the second innings and his partnership with Roston Chase, who picked five wickets in the first innings, will be crucial to West Indies's chances.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, sit comfortably with a 1-0 series lead and stand buoyed by the form of Dimuth Karunaratne, their captain who made 147 and 83 and was adjudged Player of the Match. The bowling attack looked in good rhythm, especially the spin attack which picked 19 of the 20 wickets in the first Test, and the trick for the team will be to keep doing more of what they did last week.
The Test will also be Mickey Arthur's last as head coach for Sri Lanka before he joins Derbyshire, and the team will look to farewell him on a victorious note.
When: Sri Lanka v West Indies, 2nd Test, November 29 – December 3, 2021, at 10 AM local
Where: Galle International Stadium
What to expect: Another dry, spinning track in Galle like we have been used to at this venue. Intermittent rain showers are expected on the first three days although the forecast is unlikely to impact the match result.
Sri Lanka: The hosts are likely to go in unchanged.
Possible XI: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(w), Ramesh Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama
West Indies: If Jeremy Solazano hasn't recovered from his concussion, his substitute Shai Hope is expected to hold onto his place.
Probable XI: Kraigg Brathwaite(c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope/Jeremy Solazano, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva(w), Rahkeem Cornwall, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel
What they said:
We need to carry on the good work and I have some targets to achieve and I'm glad that we are playing well as a unit: Dimuth Karunaratne
We need to have more clarity with the bat as shown by Joshua and Bonner today morning. If you gotta defend, gotta defend very confidently: Kraigg Brathwaite