WI vs SL Possible Playing XI’s For 2nd test : West Indies Looking at the Fight back

West Indies will play their 2nd Test of the 2-Test series against the Sri Lanka at the Galle International Cricket Stadium from the 29th of November to the 3rd of December 2021, at 12.30 am ECT / 11.30 PM JA . After winning the 1st test, Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0. These matches will be a part of the World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle.

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.

Nkrumah Bonner was the only West Indian top order batter to record a 50-plus total in the first Test. what Bonner showed was that – even on a spiteful day-five turner – application and intent could get you far. In fact, he had already shown how adept he was at handling subcontinent pitches in West Indies’ remarkable series win over Bangladesh earlier this year. Bonner clearly has the chops to handle what Galle and Sri Lanka’s spinners throw at him, and West Indies will need for him to lead the way if they are to salvage anything from this series.

“The ball is spinning a lot, so we’ve got to be more precise in our footwork – whether we’re gonna come forward or go back, These are small things we need work on if we want to be more sure in our defense, and when we attack.” Bonner said

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“It’s difficult when players don’t get a start. In the first innings, the ball was holding and spinning. It was a different challenge in the second innings when the ball was sliding at times, and spinning too. We have to come up with smart tactics in order to play all the left-arm spinners.”

If West Indies can keep Karunaratne to low scores, they take substantial steps to winning the match, Bonner said.

“Their skipper has a lot to do with that team. He probably made 250 runs in the first Test match. Take out him, their batting is not that long to me. Mathews is a good player and Chandimal is a good player, but Dimuth is really the player we need to get out early. In the last Test he got a few chances that haunted us for sure, because they made a big first-innings total. In the second Test, if we take our chances, we have a better chance. Getting him out is a big thing for us.”

Possible XI’s

Sri Lanka: The hosts are likely to go in One changed.

Possible XI: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(w), Ramesh Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Chamika Karunarathna/Charith Asalanka

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 /Jayden Seales, Shannon Gabriel

 

 

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