Windies look to bounce back
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, (CMC):
West Indies will attempt to rebound from the sound thumping handed them by Sri Lanka last week, when they square off with the hosts in the pivotal second and final Test starting here today.
The Caribbean side suffered a heavy innings and six-run defeat inside four days in Galle, a result that extended their miserable run of never having won a Test match on Sri Lankan soil.
Despite the drubbing, new captain Jason Holder says the mood in the camp had remained positive, and said his side would be going all out to grab a win at the P Sara Oval over the next five days.
"For sure the guys are upbeat for the second Test match," Holder told a media conference here Wednesday.
"It's obviously a must-win game for us to at least level the series, and the guys know the situation of the series so it is all up to us to come in to the series, into this last Test match and just perform and get 20 wickets.
"The batsmen need to give us a chance to get 20 wickets. In the last game, we only had one opportunity with the ball and we got ten wickets so hopefully we can put some runs on the board ... and also get the 20 wickets."
Of major concern for West Indies will be their batting and their fielding. In Galle, only Jermaine Blackwood with 92 in the second innings and Darren Bravo with 50 in the first, managed to get half-centuries.
In the first innings, ten players reached double figures but only one of the top eight batsmen passed 25 as West Indies collapsed for 251.
The scenario was similar in the second innings where six batsmen reached double figures but only Blackwood managed to get past 35.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have made two changes to their squad for the Test, with off-spinner Dilruwan Perera and uncapped 20-year-old batsman Kusal Mendis replacing off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal and the out-of-form Lahiru Thirimanne.