Sri Lanka vs West Indies 3rd Test - Preview (Update)

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Likely XI-
1.  Kusal Perera (Left-Hand Batsman) 
2.  Kusal Mendis (Right-Hand Batsman)(Part-time Leg-Spinner)
3.  Dhananjaya De Silva (Right-Hand Batsman)(Part-time Off-Spinner)
4.  Niroshan Dickwella (Left-Hand Batsman)(Wicket-Keeper)
5.  Roshen Silva (Right-Hand Batsman)
6.  Danushka Gunathilaka (Left-Hand Batsman)(Part-time Off-Spinner)
7.  Dasun Shanaka (Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(130-135 kph)(Vice-Captain)
8.   Suranga Lakmal (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(130-135 kph)(Captain) 
9.   Kasun Rajitha (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)
10. Lahiru Kumara (Right-Arm Fast)(can bowl 145+ kph)(Average speed136-140 kph)
11. Asitha Fernando (Right-Arm Fast-Medium)(can bowl 140+ kph)(Average speed136-140 kph)(Debut)

Formant of XI-
Two Bowlers who could ball 140+ -
-Lahiru Kumara
-Asitha Fernando

Three bowlers who Specializes in Seam and Swinging the ball-
Kasun Rajitha
Suranga Lakmal
Dasun Shanaka

Three Part-Time bowlers who could contribute with some overs and get the odd wicket-
-Danushka Gunathilaka
- Dhananjaya De Silva
- Kusal Mendis

3 Changes to the XI-
In-

Dasun Shanaka ,  Danushka Gunathilaka

1 Debutants-

 Asitha Fernando

Out-
Akila Dananjaya (Left-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Off/Leg-spinner), Dinesh Chandimal.Mahela Udawatte (Left-Hand Batsman)

Also, Mahela Udawatte or Kusal Perea should be replaced by Dasun Shanaka as he can bowl economically and take wickets plus can bat for long periods or even a quick fire 50. Suranga Lakmal bowling in this tour has not been impressive and seen he has already played 2 test he will be out for the last. While Kasun Rajitha has been really impressive on his Test Debut considering his performance on day 2 of the 2nd test.

Bench-

12. Dilruwan Perera
13.  Mahela Udawatte (Left-Hand Batsman)
14.  Suranga Lakmal (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(130-135 kph)(Rested) 
15. Dinesh Chandimal (Captain)(Right-Hand Batsman)(Suspend)
16. Rangana Herath (Left-Hand Batsman)(Left-Arm Orthodox)(Injured)(Rested)
17. Jeffrey Vandersay (Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Leg-spinner)

Angelo Mathews (Withdraw from the tour due to Family reason) and Lahiru Gamage (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(injured)

The Sri Lanka selector already stated before the tour that Herath and Lakmal will only play two out of 3 test in the series. So there is no point in arguing about it either they will miss the 2nd test or the 3rd Test.

 

Comments

Anonymous's picture

my playing 11 for tommorow match is

kusal perera
danushka gunathilaka
dananjaya de silva
kusal mendis(c)
roshane silva
niroshan dickwella
dasun shanaka
kasun rajitha
suranga lakmal
lahiru kumara
akila or rangana

Mr.X's picture
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Asitha Fernando should be in the XI as seamers have had the most effect on this tour plus Day/Night Test the ball Seams around but just slides on when spinners ball they don`t get much turn or drift. Also Asitha was chosen in the squad with this Day/Night Test in mind. Therefore it would be either 4 Fast-Bowlers and 1 Fast-Bowling-Allrounder plus 2 part-time spinners.

In Sri Lanka Case-
Two Bowlers who could ball 140+ -
-Lahiru Kumara
-Asitha Fernando

Three bowlers who Specializes in Seam and Swinging the ball-
Kasun Rajitha
Suranga Lakmal
Dasun Shanaka

Three Part-Time bowlers who could contribute with some overs and get the odd wicket-
-Danushka Gunathilaka
- Dhananjaya De Silva
- Kusal Mendis

Also, Kusal Mendis is too young to captain and doesn`t have experience captaining domestic Team like Niroshan Dickwella who I believe has the aggressive captaining skills like many other captains from other nations. I also believe this responsibility could benefit Niroshan Dickwella Batting Performance he showed this during the Domestic Premier First-Class Series.

(Last edited by Mr.X on June 22, 2018 - 20:52)
Harsha Disanayaka's picture

I strongly believe N. Dickwella must be captaining the playing elevaN

Heath Of cause not available,. but his time of cricket should go to young talents. Mends can be groomed under Dickwella and take the vice captain position. The opening pair should be sought ed out before the SA tour. Dananjaya should established no 3 place, even with some shirt comings.

Rosh Silva is another Aravinda, in my estimation and he should be encouraged to be strong in his mind set.
Surely the two fast bowllers are a good choice to support the other two medium pacers.

Question remains the professional spinner in the playing elevantalet yet to discover? Others can surely be as part time spinners, like before Sanarh & Aravinda.
God Bless SLC!

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