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Old 24th March 2021, 21:59   #1
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West Indies v Sri Lanka

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_La...0 %E2%80%9321

Couldn't see a thread, and the current match, the 1st Test, looks a humdinger and set for another potential chase of 350+ (as in successful, target is 375)

Sri Lanka in West Indies (March-April 2021)

T20Is
1st : 3rd March 2021 (West Indies won by 4 wickets)
2nd : 5th March 2021 (Sri Lanka won by 43 runs)
1st : 7th March 2021 (West Indies won by 3 wickets)

West Indies won the series 2-1

ODIs
1st : 10th March 2021 (West Indies won by 8 wickets)
2nd : 12th March 2021 (West Indies won by 5 wickets)
3rd : 14th March 2021 (West Indies won by 5 wickets)

West Indies won the series 3-0

Tests
1st : 21st March - 25 March 2021 (match drawn)
2nd : 29th March - 2nd April 2021 (in progress)



Not hanging around much, quickfire games with only a day between the LOIs, even the ODIs, and unless I'm mistaken the West Indies have batted second in every game to date


Even the Tests, with a gap between the 3rd ODI and 1st Test, barely stop for breath and complete inside 31 days start to finish. Counting ODIs as one day's cricket, T20Is as about 1.33 across the three* and Tests as five apiece that is 14.33 days international cricket inside 31, and there were a couple of tour matches to boot (filling the gap between ODIs and the Tests


*120 overs possible across three T20Is and 90 overs in a day's Test cricket, although could equally argue 100 for an ODI so 1.2 ODIs

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Old 24th March 2021, 22:05   #2
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This first test has been a good one. Going into the final day all results are possible. SL will be favourites even though wickets are still hard to get on this surface.
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Old 24th March 2021, 22:05   #3
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1st Test (North Sound)
SRL 169 & 476
WIN 271 & 23/1

West Indies won the toss.


Sri Lanka were 189/4 and 259/5 in their 2nd innings, Nissanka 103 and Dickwella 96 added 179 for the 6th wicket and the tail helped add 38 more to set West Indies 375 to win. Without those 217 runs the target could have been around 150-200

I haven't mentioned Thirimanne above, but his 70 and 76 kept Sri Lanka in the game
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Old 24th March 2021, 22:08   #4
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Sorry mods, been labouring away this evening, barely had any of the last 3 hours doing much but work after work, and the title could do with a little tidy up.

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Old 25th March 2021, 08:49   #5
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Dickwella still hasn't got a Test ton, although he had huge amounts of luck getting to 96, he still managed to blow it.
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Old 25th March 2021, 13:10   #6
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Dickwella still hasn't got a Test ton, although he had huge amounts of luck getting to 96, he still managed to blow it.
Yes, I believe he now holds the record for the most Test 50s without a hundred.
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Old 25th March 2021, 14:06   #7
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could be a tough ask to win on the final day, nine wickets in hand but nigh on 350 runs in a day on a last day pitch regardless of how much help or otherwise is a tall order - or this kind of total would be chased more often
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Old 25th March 2021, 14:28   #8
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3.5 to 4 an over basically required today. It's possible with the pitch being flat but WIs 1st innings scoring rate was 2.7. They'll need to quicken up a bit and that's where mistakes could happen.

It's looking like it could be an interesting final day.
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Old 25th March 2021, 19:34   #9
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After the first session I thought WI went too slowly and had decided to play for the draw. Things have quickened up a bit in the afternoon session so this may not be out of reach for them yet.
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Old 25th March 2021, 19:34   #10
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I see zero point breaking down a final day chase to a run rate, if they get in a strong position with wickets in hand then they have a strong chance, if they lose wickets regularly then they won't

it isn't an ODI/LOI, and the more they try and play it like it is ie keep on some kind of run rate, more chance is they'll throw away a draw even

162/2, good position, they'll want to be 250+ with only 2-3 wickets down, maybe 4 at a push. Think this may just be beyond them, 49 overs gone today and still some way off. Very difficult to chase these kind of last innings targets on a final day, that's why there's like a dozen or something like that over 360 in history
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their scoring saw a meagre 202 runs scored for 3 wickets off 80 overs

To be fair only in Sri Lanka's 2nd innings did either side score at more than 3 an over and trying to win may have just paved the way to a defeat, and wickets bar 105 for the 3rd wicket fell fairly regularly as they did for much of the match bar Sri Lanka's near 200 runs for the 6th wicket in their 2nd innings
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Old 26th March 2021, 15:30   #12
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Nissanka became just the 3rd player in history to score a century on debut and see his FC Average go down!!
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Old 29th March 2021, 19:37   #13
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DRS have just given a plumb LBW as missing leg stump. The batsman himself was half way to the pavilion. The commentators are stunned and so is the bowler. With hood cause to be.
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Good to see Lakmal in the wickets here. Feel like he toils away at home so deserves to cash in on more favourable wickets. Have a bit of a soft spot for him.

Can't be many bowlers with 150+ test wickets to have taken 4x as many away from home than at home. Averages 33 away, 50 at home.

Don't know how many test wickets Sri Lanka have taken all time in tests, but Murali, Herath and Vaas must account for at least half.
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Brathwaite has scored just 12 runs in the last 100 or so, batting with Joseph and Cornwall.
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Dunno why SL reviewed that one. If ball tracking can't find middle stump it's not going to work when going down leg.
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Pitched middle and off, impact middle and leg, missing leg. Seems fair enough to me.
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neither side will want to lose this, and therefore the series, so could become very cagey with few risks.

almost a shame Tests can't be decided on points, more for positivity, positive declarations and run and over rates even if like in boxing down to a panel/judges
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Rakheem Cornwall is showing how things might have been so different for England had Andy Flower not had such a backwards attitude to Samit Patel's evident virtues.
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