The first Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka will start at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday.
After series wins in both white-ball formats, the Windies will eye an encore in the Test series as well. However, there's a different feel to the side, with new captain Kraigg Brathwaite leading a young but talented team. West Indies head into the first Test on the back of a stunning series win in Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be trying to avenge their series losses in the ODIs and T20Is. They have fared slightly better in the Test format despite results showing otherwise. With a competent leader in Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lankans have a decent side capable of upsetting the West Indies. The onus will be on the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga and Dinesh Chandimal to deliver in what should be an entertaining Test. Although they will start the game as underdogs, Sri Lanka have the right blend of youth and experience, making for a level playing field.
Squads to choose from
Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood, Darren Bravo, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Rakheem Cornwall, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach and Jomel Warrican
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Roshen Silva, Ramesh Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Wanindu Hasaranga, Vishwa Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Asitha Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith Embuldeniya
Predicted Playing XIs
Kraigg Brathwaite (C), John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Joshua Da Silva (WK), Jason Holder, Rakheem Cornwall, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Lahiru Thirimanne, Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews/Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith Embuldeniya
Match: West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test
Date: 21st March 2021, at 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
A decent pitch awaits the two sides, with the fast bowlers expected to rule the roost in the Test. With extra swing and bounce available off the surface, the batsmen will need to be wary of the new-ball bowlers in particular. As the match progresses, the pitch should also slow down, bringing the spinners into play. Both teams would want to avoid batting in the fourth innings.
WI vs SL 1st Test Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: N Dickwella, D Karunaratne, K Brathwaite, N Bonner, P Nissanka, J Holder, K Mayers, D Chameera, K Roach and L Embuldeniya and S Gabriel
Captain: J Holder. Vice-captain: D Karunaratne
Fantasy Suggestion #2: D Chandimal, D Karunaratne, K Brathwaite, J Blackwood, P Nissanka, J Holder, K Mayers, S Lakmal, K Roach and L Embuldeniya and S Gabriel
Captain: K Brathwaite. Vice-captain: J Holder