The Big picture
Amidst all the controversies that surrounded the 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and the Windies at St Lucia, it will be a historic occasion at Barbados, as the island nation gears up for its first ever Test at the iconic venue in a first Day/Night fixture in the Caribbean.
Barring off-field drama that saw the Sri Lankans take two hours, to take the field on the third morning of the St Lucia Test following allegations by the on-field umpires about the condition of the ball, the Lankans were on the verge of levelling the series, only to be let-off by bad light and their own delay on the third day. Dinesh Chandimal, who is likely to miss out on the third Test was the chief architect of Sri Lanka’s revival after a chastening loss in the first Test.
Having been reduced to 3-59, Chandimal (119) and Kusal Mendis (45) took the visitors to a state of respectability, 253 in 79 overs, and then on the back of inspired bowling from Lahiru Kumara (4-86) bowled the Windies out for 300. Trailing by 47, Sri Lanka’s top=order went in a jiffy thanks to Shanon Gabriel (8-62) and it was again down to the lower-middle order in Chandimal (39), Mendis (87), and Dickwella (62) to revive the visitors to 342, and a lead of 295.
Ar 4-54, when Dowrich departed, Windies looked prime for a defeat but an inspired partnership between Kraig Brathwaite (59 not out) and Shai Hope (39) and bad weather saved the day for the hosts, and they now move on to one of the fastest pitches of the country, in a bid to win the series.
That Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis have been the bedrock of Lankan’s batting thus far, is pretty evident, and with Chandimal missing out, the onus of batting against the likes of Gabriel, who took 13 wickets in the last match and Kemar Roach, on a fast Barbados pitch will surely be on Perera, Mendis and Dickwella. What would be heartening for Sri Lanka is the form of their pacers- Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, and Kasun Rajitha, and given the conditions, the trio can exploit the chinks in Windies batting to devastating effect? So, who will WI vs SL? Let us delve into the betting odds as part of our WI vs SL Today Match Prediction.
Where:- Kensington Oval, Barbados
When:- June 23, 2018, 11:30 PM IST
Pitch and Weather Conditions:-
The Kensington Oval pitch is normally a haven for fast bowlers with the ball expected to seam and offer steep bounce.
As for the weather, Conditions are expected to be overcast, and a multitude of interruptions are expected with rain spells being forecasted on four of the five days.
WI vs SL Interesting Facts:-
WI vs SL Who will Win
As per the betting odds, the odds in favour of Windies winning the game are 11/10, meaning a return of 210 over a stake of 100, while that of Sri Lanka are 6/4, implying a return of Rs 250.