SRI LANKA TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Lakmal will lead Sri Lanka in the final Test © AFP
TOSS – Windies have opted to bat
ICYMI – More trouble hit the visiting team as Vandersay was sent back to Sri Lanka.
01. B Warnapura
02. D Mendis
03. S de Silva
04. R Madugalle
05. A Ranatunga
06. A de Silva
07. T Hashan
08. S Jayasuriya
09. M Atapattu
10. M Jayawardene
11. K Sangkkara
12. T Dilshan
13. A Mathews
14. R Herath
15. D Chandimal
16. S Lakmal
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) June 23, 2018
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the first day of the third and final Test between Windies and Sri Lanka. The hosts lead the series 1-0 heading into the first ever day-night Test in the Caribbean. While they were clinical in the first match, the second Test saw Sri Lanka put in a much-improved effort in the second clash before rain and bad light saved Windies.
A lot has changed since then. The ball tampering row from Gros Islet has dominated the build up to the Barbados Test. Chandimal has been suspended and Lakmal will lead the side now. Without Chandimal and Angelo Mathews, the visitors are running low on experience, and it doesn’t help knowing that their batsmen have struggled immensely. Barring Kusal Mendis, and to an extent, Niroshan Dickwella, there haven’t been any reliable men with the bat for them. But, on what is the quickest track in the Caribbean islands, the form of their pacers – Lahiru Kumara, Lakmal and Kasun Rajitha – should serve as a much-needed morale booster.
Windies, on the other hand, have played one-dimensional cricket – especially with the bat. But it has served them well – whether to win the first Test, or draw the second one. Kieran Powell has managed to retain his place in the side despite continuous struggle but he won’t have too many chances unless he makes a strong statement with the bat.
On the bowling front, Shannon Gabriel has been on fire. He has worked on his issue with overstepping but even in the last game, he overstepped twice while dismissing batsmen. Kemar Roach, Miguel Cummins and Devendra Bishoo have provided him good support to sustain the pressure on the weak Sri Lankan batting line-up. And going into the final match of the series, he will again be the key for the hosts.