West Indies will play Sri Lanka in the first of two test matches today. Despite sending an inexperienced team to Bangladesh, the West Indies could win the test series 2-0. Kraigg Brathwaite, who served as a stand-in captain for that tour, has been rewarded with a full-time test captaincy role. Kyle Mayers made his debut in the Bangladesh tour with a double century, and has been retained for the Sri Lanka series. Winning the T20I and ODI series must have given West Indies a massive boost in confidence.
In the meantime, Sri Lanka has only won one game in both the T20 and ODI series on this tour. They’ll be desperate for a win after losing their last two Test series at home and away to England and South Africa, respectively. The last time both teams met in a Test match was in 2018, and the series ended in a 1-1 draw. Lasith Embuldeniya, who bowled brilliantly against England at home, will be the man to watch in this series. In the ICC Test rankings, Sri Lanka is currently ranked seventh.
For the next five days in Antigua, we can expect perfect weather conditions to play cricket, with the second and third days of the Test being cloudy and the other three days being sunny. The maximum temperature will reach 28 degrees Celsius, and the minimum temperature will be 23 degrees Celsius. There is no chance of rain in this match.
The two sides will face a good pitch, with fast bowlers expected to rule the Test’s roost. Batters will have to be careful of new-ball bowlers because of the extra swing and bounce available off the surface. The pitch should slow down a little as the game proceeds, allowing the spinners to come into play. Both teams would like not to have to bat in the fourth inning.
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Joshua Da Silva (wk), John Campbell, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Rahkeem Cornwall, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo/Nkrumah Bonner
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando, Dasun Shanaka/Wanindu Hasaranga
West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Dream 11:
Jason Holder (c), Joshua Da Silva (wk), John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal
Winning the toss
Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Kraigg Brathwaite (West Indies)
Dushmantha Chameera (Sri Lanka), Kemar Roach (West Indies)
Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Jermaine Blackwood (West Indies)
Player of the Match
Team Scores Batting First
Sri Lanka 275, West Indies 300+
With the lone win in the second T20I, Sri Lanka has been well beaten on four occasions on this tour. They certainly have the talent to deliver better results, but it remains to be seen if they have the desire to do so. There will be many subplots to keep an eye on, all of which promise to be entertaining. We believe the West Indies will build on their performance from Bangladesh and take a 1-0 lead. Let’s bet with baji.live now to win BIG!