West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 1st TEST Match Prediction 21 Mar 2021

Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2021

West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 1st TEST Match Prediction

2021-03-22

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua

West Indies

2.36 236/4 in 100.0
3.18 476/10 in 149.5

Sri Lanka

2.36 236/4 in 100.0
3.18 476/10 in 149.5
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
Cricbettingbuzz Toss Winner - West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first
Cricbettingbuzz Match drawn

WI vs SL Prediction

Shoaib Z.

Host West Indies eye a strong start against inconsistent Sri Lanka

  • Since November 2020, Sri Lanka have lost their last four Test matches on the bounce.
  • Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood and Kemar Roach have been standout performers for West Indies in Test cricket.
  • Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne and Lasith Embuldeniya have delivered decent performances for Sri Lanka in the five-day format.

Expect West Indies to register a thumping win in the first Test.

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Match Preview

Host West Indies will be looking to continue their winning streak when they take on Sri Lanka in the first Test of the two-match series at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

West Indies Cricket Board has rewarded Kraigg Brathwaite for his leadership skills shown in Bangladesh. The opener will captain the side for the two-match series against Sri Lanka.  Darren Bravo and Jason Holder also make their return to the squad after missing the Bangladesh tour.

On the other hand, Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Roshen Silva, and Ramesh Mendis have been included in the squad for the two-match series. Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Kumara, and Dilruwan Perera have been dropped from the squad after a poor show in England series.

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Teams Preview

West Indies

The home side is coming into this series after registering a whitewash over Sri Lanka in the T20I series. Newly-appointed captain Kraigg Brathwaite will be hoping that the side can continue their winning streak in home conditions.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, and Jermaine Blackwood to post competitive scores on the board. 

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite will be looking to find form with the bat in this series opener. Since 1st Jan 2019, Kraigg Brathwaite has accumulated 565 runs at an average of 22.60 with three half-centuries to his name.

The big positive from the Bangladesh Test series was Kyle Mayers performing exceedingly well in subcontinent conditions. Left-hander smashed a belligerent 210 not out to help West Indies complete a record fourth-innings chase against Bangladesh at Chattogram. Mayers will be looking to continue his rich vein of form in his first home series.

Nkrumah Bonner and wicket-keeper Joshua De Silva are promising players, who will be looking to make an impact in this two-match series.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, and Shannon Gabriel to pick up key wickets.

Since May 2017, Jason Holder has delivered impressive bowling performance in the Test matches played in the CaribbeanIn 12 matches, Holder has claimed 53 wickets at a splendid average of 16.01 with four five-fors to his name

West Indies Actual Playing XI:

Kemar Roach, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kyle Mayers, Kraigg Brathwaite, Alzarri Joseph

West Indies Key Players From Previous Game
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
D Bravo 102 132 5 4 77.27
S Hope 64 72 3 2 88.89
K Pollard 53 42 4 1 126.19
Bowlers O M R W Econ
A Hosein 10.0 0 33 3 3.3
A Joseph 10.0 0 51 1 5.1
J Mohammed 10.0 0 49 1 4.9
Bowlers O M R W Econ
A Hosein 10.0 0 33 3 3.3
A Joseph 10.0 0 51 1 5.1
J Mohammed 10.0 0 49 1 4.9
Of Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2021

West Indies Predicted Playing XI

Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua De Silva (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, and Rahkeem Cornwall

Sri Lanka

The visitors are on a four-match losing streak in Test cricket and will be looking to select their best combination for this opening clash.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne will lead the side for the two-match Test series after missing the home series against England. Uncapped player Pathum Nissanka has been included in the Test squad for the series.

In the batting department, the side will be depending on the opening pair of Dimuth Karunratne and Lahiru Thiramanne to get them off to good starts. Experienced middle-order trio of Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, and Niroshan Dickwella will need to put in crucial scores for Sri Lanka in this fixture.

In the bowling department, the likes of Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, and Asitha Fernando will need to pick up wickets for Sri Lanka in this contest.

Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:

Niroshan Dickwella, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Vishwa Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Embuldeniya

Sri Lanka Key Players From Previous Game
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
W Hasaranga 80 60 7 3 133.33
A Bandara 55 74 3 1 74.32
D Gunathilaka 36 38 6 0 94.74
Bowlers O M R W Econ
S Lakmal 9.3 1 56 2 5.89
W Hasaranga 10.0 0 49 1 4.9
T Perera 5.0 0 27 1 5.4
Bowlers O M R W Econ
S Lakmal 9.3 1 56 2 5.89
W Hasaranga 10.0 0 49 1 4.9
T Perera 5.0 0 27 1 5.4
Of Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2021

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI

Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Lahiru Thiramanne, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lasith Embuldeniya/Wanindu Hasaranga, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Suranga Lakmal.

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 19 0.81 mm. 2.44 k/h From: NE 42%
03h 16 0 mm. 3.19 k/h From: NNE 15%
06h 14 0 mm. 3.44 k/h From: N 11%
09h 13 0 mm. 3.41 k/h From: N 24%
12h 12 0 mm. 3.29 k/h From: N 30%
15h 20 0 mm. 2.58 k/h From: NNE 39%
18h 25 0 mm. 1.48 k/h From: ENE 29%
21h 24 0.44 mm. 0.84 k/h From: ESE 82%

The wicket prepared for the game is certainly to assist the quick bowlers. The batsmen will have to take a cause approach in the first session of the game.

Venue Details

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua is going to host the opening Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka.

West Indies will take heart from the fact that they have won their two matches out of the last three played at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua.

Toss Prediction

With the newly prepared pitch for the first Test, the side that wins the toss, would be looking to bowl first and exploit the pitch conditions. The average first innings score is around 290 runs at this venue.

Winning Prediction

Based on recent performances, Host West Indies will be clear favorites to win the opening Test against Sri Lanka.

With the likes of Kyle Mayer, Rahkeem Cornwall and Nkrumah Bonner doing exceeding well in Bangladesh, the side will be looking to continue their winning momentum in this home series.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka will have to make adjustments to produce a decent show with bat and ball.

Expect West Indies to register a thumping win in the first Test.

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