Sri Lanka suffered a massive 226 run defeat after being bowled out for less than 230 in both innings of the 1st Test against Windies at Port of Spain last evening.
Devendra Bishoo and Roston Chase picked a combined 7 wickets as the pitch deteriorated and started to generate spin on Day 5.
Match Report 1st Test
Despite losing a crucial toss, Sri Lanka got the better of the Windies top order, restricting them to 147 for 5 on Day 1. Shane Dowrich’s unbeaten 125 followed by useful 40s from Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo carried the home team to 414/8 before Holder decided to declare.
Sri Lanka 4 down for just 43 were in all sorts of trouble and were all out for just 185. Cummins picked 3 for 39 for the West Indies.
Jason Holder decided to bat again, deciding against implementing the follow-on. Powell’s quick 88 helped the home team extend their lead past 400 with over 5 sessions to spare.
Chasing a score of 453, Sri Lanka got off to a brilliant start and ended the day with just 3 down for 176.
However, Bishoo and Chase with the wickets of Chandimal and Dickwella restricted Sri Lanka to 226. Shane Dowrich was adjudged player of the match for his contribution with the bat in the first innings.
West Indies lead the 3 match series 1-0.
“We went wrong, our fielding was below par in the first day. Dropped crucial chances. But that’s a part of the game. We need to learn from those mistakes and regroup fast. We can take positives – Kusal’s knock, was brilliant as a youngster – and also Kumara bowled well in both innings. Credit goes to the Windies, they played some outstanding cricket over five days. Dananjaya de Silva batted at No. 3 last few series, and played some great knocks, so if he feels good, we may play him. We’ll see how it goes,” said Chandimal at the post-match presentation.
Sri Lanka capable of bouncing back in Test 2
Sri Lanka had West Indies 5 down for just 147 in the 1st innings and essentially they should have gone for the kill. Instead, they let the tail capitalize on lose deliveries.
If the home team was restricted to around 200 in the 1st innings, Sri Lanka would have had a chance.
However, the batting line-up needs a serious reshuffle. Ideally, Dhananjaya De Silva should open the innings and if he’s not ready, Sri Lanka should include Mahela Udawatte or promote Niroshan Dickwella to the top.
Kusal Mendis can do a lot of damage and play long innings’ as a No.3 batsman.
How Sri Lanka should line up for the 2nd Test
- Kusal Perera
- Niroshan Dickwella
- Kusal Mendis
- Angelo Mathews
- Dinesh Chandimal
- Roshen Silva
- Dhananjaya De Silva
- Akila Dhananjaya/Asitha Fernando
- Rangana Herath
- Suranga Lakmal
- Lahiru Kumara
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