The Sri Lankan Cricket will be touring the Caribbean for the first time in over ten years in a few days. They will be playing a total of three (3) test matches against a fledgling West Indian Cricket team that has not won a test series against the top-eight opposition in over five years.
The Sri Lankans will be looking to pounce on a team that has been severely battered and bruised over the past five years and will see this as a perfect opportunity to rewrite the history books by winning a test series in the Caribbean.
Let’s highlight some of the reasons why this is Sri Lanka’s best chance to win a test series in the West Indies.
One of the main reasons why the Sri Lankans will fancy their chances to win against the West Indies is because of their recent form in test cricket.
Since 2017/2018, they have played a total of seven (7) test matches winning three, drawing three and losing only one. This included a 2-0 whipping of Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, a 1-0 victory over Bangladesh in Bangladesh and a closely fought 1-0 loss to India in India.
They have played some good all-round cricket with young players such as Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, and captain Dish Chandimal leading from the front. They will bring this confidence to the West Indies and will look to dominate the young West Indian bowling attack and deliver victory for their team.
The West Indies team, on the other hand, has also played seven test matches in the same period and has won only two, lost four and drawn one. The victories were against Zimbabwe and a miraculous win against England in 2017. Sri Lanka based on results over the past year is playing the better cricket and therefore starts the series as favorites!
Another reason why Sri Lanka will be confident going into the series is that the Caribbean pitches today are conducive to spin bowling and Sri Lanka has two world-class spinners in their squad in Rangana Herath and Akila Dananjaya who will exploit the spin-friendly conditions.
The West Indies have one spinner in Devendra Bishoo and a batting all-rounder Rolston Chase who bowls slow but does not spin the ball a lot. The Sri Lankan spinners will, therefore, be more dangerous due to their better quality especially on the Queens Park Oval and Darren Sammy International Stadium surfaces.
Also, the Sri Lankan batsmen are better against spin bowling than their West Indian counterparts and again should outplay the West Indies in this aspect of the game. So, essentially, Sri Lanka will be very much at home on the West Indian pitches and have better quality in both batting and bowling than the home team, and on this basis, they should be extremely competitive.
Finally, the Sri Lankan team is more settled than the West Indian team – they pretty much have had the same squad for the past two years and is growing together as a test team, the West Indian team, on the other hand, is still searching for the right combinations.
They have brought in a new opening batsman in Devon Smith and a second option for wicket keeping in Jamar Hamilton. They will have a new opening batting combination, and the middle order will be without the experienced Jermaine Blackwood who was left out of the squad.
On paper, the Sri Lankan team looks a lot more settled and in a better position to compete than their West Indian counterparts. This will be the best chance yet for Sri Lanka to win a test series in the Caribbean; we will be watching to see if the West Indies can maintain their proud record against Sri Lankan at home, or if they will buckle in defeat.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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