West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Guyana

Amjid Javed

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Sri Lanka have never won a Test in the West Indies. Their pre-series talk has centered around how they have started to win overseas and how this is a great opportunity to notch up a first victory in the Caribbean. The hosts' last Test series was another defeat in South Africa, after they won the first match of the contest emphatically, and they would be all too aware of their slipping reputation. (They have languished at No. 8 in the ICC Test rankings for long.) West Indies are captained by Chris Gayle, who has recovered from injuries sustained in South Africa, and welcome back Ramnaresh Sarwan, who warmed up for Sri Lanka with a big first-class hundred.

The strengths of the two sides lie in their middle orders. Gayle has scored just 112 runs in nine Test innings against Sri Lanka, including four ducks, a highest of 44, and an average of 12.44. The bulk of experience comes with the likes of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Kumar Sangakkara - who is Sri Lanka's most successful Test batsman against West Indies, with 595 runs in seven Tests at an average of 59.50 - and Mahela Jayawardene. If either side wants to get on top, its imperative they get rid of these names early.

West Indies have a potent new-ball attack whereas Sri Lanka are reliant on the untiring Muttiah Muralitharan. Though Chaminda Vaas has dismissed Gayle six times in nine innings, the other pace options - Ishara Amerasinghe, Thilan Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekara and Chanaka Welegedara - have limited international experience. Sri Lanka's batsmen accustomed themselves to the surface well during their warm-up match against the Guyana Cricket Board President's XI but the host batsmen handled Muralitharan reasonably well too.

It would be tempting to say West Indies hold the edge with home advantage and all, but the stats indicate something else. Sri Lanka's two top bowlers have excellent records against West Indies: Muralitharan has taken 70 wickets from ten Tests at an average of 17.34, while Vaas has 43 from seven at an average of 15.72. A slow track awaits the two teams and it is expected to play similarly to the way the old Bourda Oval did, so Muralitharan will once again be licking his lips.

(source - cricinfo)
 
Sri lanka will be heavily reliant on Jayawardena and Sangakarra to score bulk of runs in this series. The lack of quality and in-experience at top of order for sri lanka could be exposed in this series. I think west indies have slightly better fire power with pace attack and that could be difference.

I think chanderpaul will have a good series for west indies.
 
Vandort 50. He has now four 50s and four hundreds - conversion rate is good. gets to 1000 runs and avg of 50 also
SL 129-0 after 42 overs
records opening stand for SL against WI - beats previous high of 126
 
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Sri Lanka 190/1 at Tea

If Sri lanka get runs on board then murali will be licking his lips later at fact he can bowl with loads of men around the bat.
 
Sangakkara 40 - Jayawardene 5
Sl 221-2 after 74 overs
There is nothing in the pitch. SL looks like posting a big total and see it WI goes down because of pressure
 
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Sangakkara put on 50 ct at first slip off Taylor
SL 243-3
7-8 overs left in the day
 
completo of el dia uno
SL SL 269-4 after 90 overs
looks low as pitch was not doing much. WI was bowling well but SL was not pushing. I don't know if WI took the new ball. SL probably can bat for 3 hours tomorrow and get another 175 and WI will be under pressure for a while
 
I don't know why Edwards is not playing. I wan't listening much to commentary in case they said anything. I think the logic was to play the spinner Suleman Benn (test debut left arm off spinner) or a pacer and they went with the spinner as they have Bravo. The pitch had no grass and not much bounce (it is not keeping low yet)
 
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I think it is part of confidence in batting. enforce batting and leave a bowler out. Pakistan goes throught the same too
 
When playing at home. West Indies strength is their quick bowling. Why they have stopped making those quick pitches does not make sense. They keep producing these flat tracks and their bowlers struggle to take 20 wickets...while other teams don't have that much a problem because their batsmen usually throw their wicket away or of not test standard.

Look at it when they beat us? They beat us in that test because there was something for their bowlers and our batsmen struggled to adjust like any other team would. Make things tough for the opposition...don't give them a flat track to pile the runs on.
 
Not sure what test but Lara in the last series was dropped 2-3 times first time when he was in 20s and went to score 120 something. Inzi was missing that test because of a ban. That was the difference in that test.

WI usually has 1-3 batsman performing (meaning 40+ I guess) so they have a worry. Same is with Pakistan. The pitches for these teams is a bigger problem as the batsmen cannot match. And WI have no spinners. They have partimers or some they try here and there otherwise it is just 4 fast bowlers. They might be missing Collymore as he can get something out of it
 
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341 runs to win for the Windies and 9 wickets needed for Sri Lanka.

Anyone know why Gayle didnt open second time around for the Windies?
 
Saj said:
341 runs to win for the Windies and 9 wickets needed for Sri Lanka.

Anyone know why Gayle didnt open second time around for the Windies?


a nice way of putting is that he is short of confidence
 
Saj said:
341 runs to win for the Windies and 9 wickets needed for Sri Lanka.

Anyone know why Gayle didnt open second time around for the Windies?


They switched it up

Gayle reason because his whoes with Vaas
 
Bravo out on 83
WI 170-2 after 56 overs
Sawan 51 - Samuels 9 batting
 
Samuels out to Vaas
WI 175-3 after 59 overs
Chanderpaul batting with Sarwan
 
Is Sarwan still as good to watch as ever? One of the more talented batsman in the world, he is.
 
Easa said:
Is Sarwan still as good to watch as ever? One of the more talented batsman in the world, he is.
he came back after 6-7 month layoff. I am not watching right now was hoping for WI to get to 300 with 6 wickets in hand before I can think about watching as there is a collapse coming. Maybe now Gayle will probably come in so time to tune it
 
A key wicket for the away side and they must surely be looking for victory from here.
 
W.I 191/4

Gayle has to stick around here with Sarwan, West indies hae collapsed like a pack of cards in past and need to keep fighting here!
 
Gayle was able to see off Vaas in this spell. but Vaas will be back in 8 some overs as new ball will be available. But I am not understanding the bowling changes as Murali is also off and Herath in bowling with Mirando instead of spinners from both ends

WI 200-4 - target 437
 
Hinds ct behind on the legside off Murali. It was a wide ball on leg and tried to sweep it
WI 229-6 - SL need 4 wickets from 30.2 overs
new ball not taken yet
 
West Indies 229/6

Gayle still in ramdin and Benn can bat and then its the tail. A very tall order for W.I to save this match in last session.
 
to me Sarwan one looked a very close call and I thought Sarwan was unlucky as the ball looked to be going down leg or maybe just clipping the top of leg (so could go either way) - that was Bowden
 
12thMan said:
to me Sarwan one looked a very close call and I thought Sarwan was unlucky as the ball looked to be going down leg or maybe just clipping the top of leg (so could go either way) - that was Bowden
Left arm bowler was bowling from around the wicket and the inswinger hit him in line with the leg stump so IMO it was certainly not out.
 
Samuels looks like he may be dropped next game hes been a joke in this test
 
Sarwans decision was a joke but thats bowden for you!
 
Ramdin out ct at 1st slip off Mirando
WI 231-7 - SL need 3 wickets from 29.1 overs
 
Most west indies batsmen might as well take up fishing!
 
Only time before gayle tries to lash at one!
 
there we go length ball and 4 runs thru legside!

235/7
 
Good thing for WI is that both men at the crease are left handers. Murali doesn't really enjoy bowling to the lefties or not nearly as much as he likes bowling to the right handers.
 
PlanetPakistan said:
Good thing for WI is that both men at the crease are left handers. Murali doesn't really enjoy bowling to the lefties or not nearly as much as he likes bowling to the right handers.

WI will lose

Nice avatar, by the way PP. I only just noticed it.
 
oh dear another one gone LBW....i haven't seen the replay yet and it didnt look out to me in real time
 
*** are these stupid umpires doing do they not know the LBW law?

its joke decision after joke decision!
 
Gale might aswell start some pyro-technics and try and win game.. more chance of that then saving game.
 
chaloo bachoo we are now entering the final hour of the test match.

SL need 2 wickets to win their 1st ever test match in the WI
 
Murali bowling with new ball instead of Mirando. A mistake I think for next 2-3 overs

Vaas strikes and Taylor out ct at 2nd slip
291-9 - 10.5 overs remaining
 
What is wrong with Gayle? he is not hesitating exposing the tail to bowlers. Now he hits a meaningless six on the last ball and SL will be happy as Powell gets to face Vaas
 
Tense stuff and a huge appeal from the Lankans for a catch.

49 balls remain and they need 1 wicket.
 
Mirando bowls a wide one to Gayle and Powell gets to face Vaas
WI 315-9 - 7 overs left
first ball it looked like a single was there but not taken
second ball ct at midoff an acrobatic single handed way over and behind catch taken by ??? Murali????
SL wins with 6.4 overs left
 
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Talk about finishing it off in style!!

What a way to win ur first ever match in the Windies!
 
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