West Indies will look to complete a series win over Sri Lanka when they take on the islanders in the second Test at St Lucia on Thursday. West Indies have posted a win in the first Test over Sri Lanka and would look to carry on the winning momentum in the second Test. Sri Lanka would eye a comeback after suffering a shock loss in the first Test. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of the second Test at St Lucia on Thursday.
West Indies strengths
Home advantage and all-round strengths
Although West Indies have fielded a second-string side in the first Test, they were too good for a hapless Sri Lanka who failed to put up strong batting display. West Indies exploited the home conditions and gave Sri Lanka a run for their money.
Besides, West Indies produced an all-round display to rout Sri Lanka in the first Test. Keeper Shane Dowrich produced a brilliant 125* to help Windies post 414/8 in first innings and then the bowling attack delivered the knockout punch. West Indies were too good for a below-par Sri Lanka.
West Indies weaknesses
Unpredictable and inexperienced
West Indies can be unpredictable even at familiar conditions. They are playing at home, but are vulnerable as they have a young and inexperienced team. West Indies have a tough task at hand despite winning the first Test as Sri Lanka will come hard at Jason Holder and his men in the second Test to level the series.
Sri Lanka strengths
Experienced all-round depth
Compared to West Indies, Sri Lanka have more experience in all departments. They have Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews leading the batting unit; Rangana Herath leading the bowling attack. Other young players such as Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Suranga Lakmal too have a couple of seasons or more of international cricket. Hence, Sri Lanka would bank on their experienced players to put up a better show in the second Test and help the team level the series.
Sri Lanka weaknesses
Sri Lanka had started favourites in the Test series, and the first Test loss has come as a shock. It exposes Sri Lanka’s inconsistent show so far in international cricket for the past couple of seasons. Sri Lanka may have started over-confident taking on a second-string West Indies team in the first Test and paid for it with a loss. Sri Lanka need to pull up their socks ahead of the second Test.
Sri Lanka would come hard at West Indies as they have a series to save. The inexperience of West Indies can prove to be their nemesis. Our vote goes to Sri Lanka in the second Test. But St Lucia is a batting paradise. A draw is more on the cards.
Possible results: Draw or Sri Lanka’s win