GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) — West Indies are poised for his or her first series win over a higher-ranked nation in six years, however shall be cautious of a wounded Sri Lanka, once they conflict within the second Check on the Darren Sammy Cricket Floor beginning right here as we speak.
The Windies’ final series win over a significant nation got here once they swept New Zealand 2-Zero within the Caribbean again in 2012. Since then, their solely successes have come towards minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
Nonetheless, following their emphatic 226-run victory within the opening Check in Port of Spain final weekend, the Windies at the moment are nicely positioned to show the screws on Sri Lanka, and Captain Jason Holder stated the opening win had given his aspect an enormous enhance of confidence.
“The mood is pretty good. All the guys are upbeat about the occasion. We won a series last year against Zimbabwe, we won a few Test matches last year against numerous opposition. This is another opportunity for us to win a series,” the all-rounder stated on the eve of the Check.
“We have now two matches to shut the series out. I would love ideally to shut it out on this sport however I’ve advised the blokes to not concentrate on the end result.
“We have to concentrate on the method and concentrate on what we have to do to win the Check match, and that is people accepting their roles and performing — simply finishing up their explicit roles.
He added: “And if we string collectively that as a collective unit, then we’ll get the outcomes we’re on the lookout for.”
West Indies stunned many with their crushing win at Queen’s Park Oval, outplaying Sri Lanka all through. They chalked up an imposing first-innings complete of 414 for eight declared and used aggressive quick bowling after which spin on Sunday’s ultimate day to bundle out the vacationers twice cheaply.
The victory handed West Indies valuable momentum, whereas placing immense stress on Sri Lanka, who’re but to win a series within the Caribbean in three earlier makes an attempt.
Holder identified it was now necessary to maintain the stress on Sri Lanka with robust, constant all-round cricket over the following few days.
“It is very good to start the series well. It’s been a downfall of ours in the past not being able to start the series well and playing catch-up cricket,” Holder defined.
“However we’re out entrance right here on this series and it is only for us to try to preserve our foot on the accelerator proper now.
“The fellows are fairly centered. I am actually happy with the 2 days preparation that we have had and, all issues going nicely, we simply should be constant in all three departments and as soon as we try this, we should always beat Sri Lanka once more.”
Neither workforce has been handed a lot time to regroup, with a fast turnaround time between the primary two Checks. Within the interim, the Sri Lankans have suffered two blows with Angelo Mathews returning dwelling for private causes and quick bowler Lahiru Gamage compelled out of the series with a fractured finger.
West Indies, in distinction, haven’t any such considerations and Holder stated their preparation revolved round gentle work, particularly with the workload concerned within the opening Check.
“[It was] not too intensive. It (training session) was mainly just to top up. The guys just stipulated to the coaches exactly what they wanted to do leading up to this second Test match,” Holder stated.
“Clearly we had an affordable workload within the first Check match, so it was mainly attempting to keep up the blokes all through your entire series.
“It’s a fast turnaround between video games and clearly we have a fast turnaround between series towards Bangladesh [next month]. All that have to be taken under consideration. We simply attempt to high up and get what we’d like out of the observe classes.”
SQUAD: WEST INDIES — Jason Holder (captain), Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Miguel Cummins, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieran Powell, Kieran Roach, Jahmar Hamilton, Devon Smith.
SRI LANKA — Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Mahela Udawatte, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando.