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SL v WI second Test preview
World Test Championship

Another trial by spin awaits as West Indies look to level series

SL v WI, second Test, match preview

After a disappointing showing in the first Test, West Indies will be looking to bounce back in the second match against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Overview 

Sri Lanka vs West Indies, second Test
Galle International Stadium, Galle
29 November - 3 December, 10:00 local

West Indies will look for a much-improved performance when they take on Sri Lanka in the second Test in Galle. After succumbing to a 187-run defeat at the same venue a few days ago, the visitors have a lot to ponder over going into the second game.

Both the batters and bowlers of the West Indies left a lot to be desired in the first match. In both innings, the visitors lost their first six wickets within a span of 54 runs and 18 runs respectively.

They will take some positives into the next game, with the spinners taking 13 of the 14 wickets that fell while the lower order showed some grit in both innings. 

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, ticked almost all the boxes in the first Test. Dimuth Karunaratne led from the front with a century and half-century in the two innings while the spinners had the Windies batters in tangles throughout the game.

Sri Lanka will be looking to complete a whitewash and extend their stay on top of the ICC World Test Championship standings, where they currently occupy the first spot.

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Remember the last time

Sri Lankan spinners ripped through the West Indies batting in both innings to help Sri Lanka take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series.

Opting to bat first, captain Dimuth Karunaratne's rich vein of form continued with 147 in the first innings. He was well supported by fifties Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva as Sri Lanka posted 386 in the first innings.

In response, West Indies were bundled out for 230. West Indies were 100/6 at one stage before vital contributions from the lower order helped them reduce the lead to 156. The spinners accounted for nine of the wickets that fell, with Praveen Jayawickrama picking four.

Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews scored half-centuries in the second innings as Sri Lanka declared on 191, setting Windies a target of 348.

West Indies's chase got off to a poor start as they collapsed and were reduced to 18/6 late on the fourth day, with Ramesh Mendis scalping four. Nkrumah Bonner and Joshua Da Silva resisted with a 100-run partnership to delay the inevitable. Lasith Embuldeniya soon ran through the rest of the lower order to complete a five-for as Sri Lanka won by 187 runs. 

What they said

Nkrumah Bonner (West Indies batter): "The ball is spinning a lot, so we've got to be more precise in our footwork - whether we're going to come forward or go back. These are small things we need work on if we want to be more sure in our defense, and when we attack.

"It's difficult when players don't get a start. In the first innings, the ball was holding and spinning. It was a different challenge in the second innings when the ball was sliding at times, and spinning too. We have to come up with smart tactics in order to play all the left-arm spinners."

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