Schedule : Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2018 , Windies vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Total Score :
WI 414/8 decl, 223/7 decl
SL 185, 226-all out (83.2 Ovs)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Jason Holder: Extremely happy with the way we have started the series. It wasn’t easy – the pitch; Pretty tough upfront for the bowlers. Each bloke came in and put up his hand. Credit to the batters as well. The partnership I had with Shane was really good. The way Bishoo batted was outstanding. He eased the pressure off Shane. We just felt it was a brilliant contribution from the lower order and we backed it up in the field in the first innings. I was not worried. The wicket was deteriorating and I told the boys that we need to keep coming at it. We just need to put the pressure on the Sri Lankans and when we got wickets, we got it in clusters towards the end. Extremely pleased with the way Shane played; was disappointed when Kieran got out yesterday. It happens in the game. It’s a matter for him to be consistent, he’s been given a new role at No. 3 and hopefully he can solidify the position. We are going to be very hard on ourselves – hopefully we can pick ourselves on the field. One or two chances with the run-outs and a bit of sloppy work from time to time. That’s the main area we’d like to improve. This is the first time after long that we went in with a combination of five bowlers and it paid off,. It showed on a surface like this where we had to work hard for the wickets. The extra bowler came up trumps and did a big job. Credit to Roston, he came in and did an excellent job. Devendra was outstanding. Not only he built pressure, but also picked wickets. I am really proud of the guys.
Shane Dowrich, Man of the Match: We played well throughout the five days. We had to work hard to score runs on this pitch, it always had something in it for the bowlers. My thought process was to stick to the basics and It worked out for me. For me, consistency is what I am working on and I will try to be positive and continue to score runs. I would like to thank my batting coach Floyd Reifer, he has done a lot of work for me behind the scenes and it worked out well for me in the match.
Dinesh Chandimal: Our fielding was below par on day 1, we dropped some crucial chances. That’s part of the game. We need to learn from the mistakes. We need to re-group as a team. We can take positives from the game, specially Kusal Mendis. It was a special knock and Lahiru Kumara also bowled really well in the first and second innings. Credit to West Indies, they played outstanding cricket. He (Dhananjaya) batted at No.3 in the last 4-5 series and he played some outstanding knocks. I feel we just want to play him. Let’s see how it goes.
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