West Indies Vs Sri Lanka News
West Indies were in trouble in their reply after starting the day on 13 without loss. Lakmal (5/45) had skipper Kraigg Brathwaite caught by Dhananjaya de Silva at second slip for three. Lakmal’s ability to get the ball to move both ways was again perfectly illustrated as Jermaine Blackwood was bowled by an in-swinger for two, before Holder got an inside edge and had his stumps rattled on 19.
CWI chief selector Roger Harper felt Brathwaite was the right man to lead the West Indies Test team. New Test skipper Brathwaite was ‘extremely proud and humbled’ by the opportunity. The squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka will be announced on Saturday during the interval of the second CGI Insurance ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS).
West Indies won a thrilling three-match T20 series, 2-1, with a three-wicket win in the third and final T20 in Antigua on Monday (March 8). Chasing a modest 132 to win, the home side struggled in the middle till all-rounder Fabian Allen smashed Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dananjaya for three sixes in the 19th over to guide his side home. Dananjaya, who picked up a hat-trick in the first T20 was also smashed for six sixes in an over by Kieron Pollard in the same game. For the visitors, spinners Wanindu Hasaranga (2/13) and Lakshan Sandakan (3/29) tried their best to restrict the West Indies. We take a look at the action-packed third T20 in these collection of pictures.
Gayle is one of eight players to be part of both of West Indies’ T20 World Cup-winning campaigns in 2012 and 2016 and is now eyeing a third title. In franchise and domestic T20 cricket, Gayle has over 13000 runs in 413 games at a strike-rate of 146.86 with 22 hundreds. Gayle said he was happy to bat anywhere the team management wanted him to, even down at No. 5.
Later in 2005, Chris Gayle went on to score his first triple century – 317 against South Africa in St John’s. Gayle will undergo a fitness assessment before the final West Indies squad is named. If he does play, it will be the first time he has represented West Indies in any format since August 2019, when he played an ODI against India
The team’s departure was dealt a blow on Monday morning when it was announced that fast bowler Lahiru Kumara had returned positive for COVID-19. Vaas, with 355 Test wickets and 400 ODI wickets is Sri Lanka’s most successful pace bowlers and his sudden resignation ahead of a tour has not gone down well with the cricket board. Vaas incidentally was to leave for the West Indies with the team on Monday night to play three matches each of the two shorter formats and two Tests.