Wednesday 2 April 2008 

West Indies V Sri Lanka - 2nd Test Preview

Going into the second Test after a disappointing 121 run defeat to Sri Lanka will be difficult to bounce back from for the West Indies.

In a two match series, the hosts must win their game at Port Elizabeth to draw the series and take some positives out of the two matches. Ramnaresh Sarwan notched up scores of 80 and 72 on his return to International cricket, his runs will be warmly welcomed as he adds the quality needed at number three for the West Indies.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be going out to stop the West Indies claiming an unlikely victory and build on what was a great first Test match for them. They will take positives from the batting display of Malinda Warnapura who hit 120 and 62 in just his third match. Chaminda Vaas (match figures of 8-109) and fellow left armer Thilan Thushara both bowled well throughout the game to secure a comfortable victory.

The West Indian bowlers will have to stand up and be counted if they want a chance of beating their opposition. Sri Lanka boasts a tough batting line-up with Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene the key batsman. To stand a chance of winning the game, they must be removed early, so it is time for Jerome Taylor to start making full use of his talents, along with Fidel Edwards.

Ryan Hinds will definitely not play the game due to a hamstring injury, which means that local boy Amit Jaggernauth could make his debut after being brought into the side. The off-spinner might feature in team alongside Sulieman Benn as the West Indies go for two spinners in the final Test to try and tie down their opposition. Sewnarine Chattergoon could also be rewarded with a Test debut after impressing at the top of the order during the One Day International series against South Africa.

West Indies are defiantly up for a fight, "We'll try and see what Sri Lanka has to offer second time around, in both batting and bowling, come up with a plan and come prepared to play a tough Test… I believe that if we can remain positive and focus, we can win the Test." captain Chris Gayle commented.

Sri Lanka have no injury worries and look set to keep going with a winning side. If they play to the best of their ability, then they should come out on top and clinch a series and take the momentum going into a three match ODI series.

Pierce Morley-Barnes

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