Second Test preview: Sri Lanka vs West Indies


Sri Lanka should be odds-on to clinch a series clean sweep when the second Test gets underway in Colombo on Thursday, with the West Indies looking ripe for the picking.

The Windies have a team that have almost no experience of playing in subcontinent conditions and had enormous problems against the home team's spinners in the first Test, which they lost by an innings and six runs.

The hosts will be looking for Dinesh Chandimal to continue his fine form with the bat while opener Dimuth Karunaratne also scored big in the first Test.

Sri Lanka still have problems filling the number three batting role following the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara with vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne trying unsuccessfully to fill the void in the first game.

The 37 year-old spinner Rangana Herath spun a web around the Caribbean team in Galle, taking 10 wickets in the match, and seems to be relishing bowling in his twilight years.

Team news

The visitors will most likely keep the same side from the Galle defeat but Rajendra Chandrika could get a go at the top of the order after Shay Hope was exposed in the first Test.

Sri Lanka's selectors look to have finally run out of patience with Thirimanne in the batting-order. His place is likely to go to 20 year-old Kusal Mendis, who will be making his debut.

Key men

Herath will again be the dangerman for Sri Lanka as the left-arm spinner's match-winning performance in the first Test. He is equally good at the start of the innings with a new ball and with the older ball.

West Indies need their batsmen to step up to the plate in the second Test, especially their most senior player, Marlon Samuels. He comes off two failures in Galle, and the Windies to bat big, and long.

Last Five Head-To-Head Results

2015 First Test: Sri Lanka won by an innings and six runs
2010 Third Test: Match drawn in Pallekele
2010 Second Test: Match drawn in Colombo
2010 First Test: Match drawn in Galle
2008 Second Test: Windies won by six wickets in Port of Spain


Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Tharindu Kaushal, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera

West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice-capt), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican

Dates: 22 – 26 October
Morning session: 10:00-12:00 (04:30-06:30 GMT)
Afternoon session: 12:40-14:40 (07:10-09:10 GMT)
Evening session: 15:00-17:00 (09:30-11:30 GMT)

On-field umpires: Simon Fry and Rod Tucker
Third umpire: Marius Eramus
Match referee: David Boon