SL Playing 11: The Sri lanka team will lock horns with the West Indies team in the 1st Test of the bilateral test series between both the nations. The Sri Lanka team last played the test series in their home soil against Bangladesh in April 2021.
The team secured a 1-0 victory in a 2 test match series. The team’s top scorer was the captain Dimuth Karunaratne with 428 runs, and Praveen Jayawickrama picked 11 wickets in the test series. They would certainly be positive about their performances in the past and would look to continue the same momentum against the West Indies team as well.
The Sri Lanka team will without the players like Lahiru Thirimanne, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Niroshan Dickwella who played against Bangladesh in the home series. Dickwella unfortunately misses out due to the being banned for 1 year by Sri Lanka Cricket Board due to the bubble breach.
The players like Angelo Mathews, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Embuldeniya, return to the squad. The leading run scorer for Sri Lanka team in T20 World Cup 2021, Charith Asalanka has also been included. The team will be captained by the reular player Dimuth Karunaratne, who will look to continue fine leadership and consistency in scoring runs.
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Dimuth Karunaratne (c)
Dinesh Chandimal (wk)
Dhananjaya de Silva
Sri Lanka Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Minod Bhanuka, Roshen Silva, Ramesh Mendis, Kamil Mishara, Chamika Karunaratne, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Suminda Lakshan, Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Chamika Gunasekara
1. Dhananjaya De Silva
Silva has been a backbone of the team in the middle order for the past few years, and a good performance is expected from his side in this match. He has accumulated 2253 runs in 38 Tests.
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2. Dimuth Karunaratne
One of the most prolific run scorers in the red ball cricket, Karunaratne has been a reliable player for the Sri Lanka team. He has played 72 matches and scored over 5000 runs.
3. Angelo Mathews
The experienced campaigner will be back in the test side after a long time. With all his fresh energy, he is expected to do well in this game and help the team to post good totals on the board. He has a fantastic average of 48.32 in Tests.
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4. Lasith Embuldeniya
The youngster has spun the web around the batters in the past test series, and will look to be proficient against the West Indies team. He has scalped 49 wickets in 11 test matches.
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