St Lucia: Having won two of their last five Tests and drawing the other three – as well as the fact that the Windies were playing their first five-day game of 2018 – Sri Lanka had arrived on the Caribbean shores for the three-match Test series confident of doing well.
However, a solid performance by the hosts in the first Test, headlined by Shane Dowrich’s century, a good lower-order batting performance and an all-round bowling effort, has given the Windies a 1-0 lead.
Sri Lanka, who are chasing their first Test series win in the Caribbean, will have plenty to think about after a rather disappointing show in Port of Spain.
The bowlers, with the Windies at 147/5, let the advantage slip with Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo and Kemar Roach all stitching crucial stands with Dowrich to take their side to a position of strength.
The only bright spark for the Sri Lankans in the bowling department came in the form of Lahiru Kumara, who bowled with venom to pick up seven wickets over the two innings, but bar Kusal Mendis’ 102 in the second innings – Sri Lanka’s only individual score over 50 – there were no major contributions from the batsmen either.
The visitors will be forced to make at least two changes to the side in Gros Islet. Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Gamage will be flying back to Sri Lanka, and Danushka Gunathilaka and Dasun Shanaka have been named as replacements.
Windies: Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Devon Smith, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Mahela Udawatte, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Roshen Silva, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Gamage, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva
Pitch and conditions
The weather is forecast to worsen in Gros Islet over the weekend, possibly causing interruptions.
Stats and trivia
West Indies' last back-to-back Test victories came against Bangladesh, at home, in September 2014.
14-18 June, 2018
Start time 10:00 local (14:00 GMT)