Windies tasked with uncharacteristic encore

Thu, Jun 14, '18


Windies vs SL

Perhaps the only drawback to being successful is having been successful. And nobody knows it better than the Windies, now a mere remnant of a powerful cricket regime which has spent unwilling years convincing the world of their promising inability. Every defeat cannot be a death knell, and every win a missing piece of puzzle in their return from the dead. After a surprisingly convincing win over Sri Lanka in Port of Spain last week, the hosts will be at it again, this time in Gros Islet starting Thursday (June 14) to try and remind the world that the Windies -- unlike the great West Indies -- are an acquired taste, and that they need to work hard for their trophies.

With a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia could witness something momentous. And it's not just Sri Lanka reuniting with the venue they famously flagged off fifteen years ago; it's as much about the hosts having a sniff at a series win, something so rare that it's trumped only by the compliments for a perpetually rebuilding Windies side.

2012 was the last they won a home series against a team other than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh -- both of whom were overwhelming also-ran, and not without a reason. It's about time for an encore for the Windies, and with an evolving batting order (read: Shane Dowrich) and upgraded confidence (read: Kieran Powell), they look ready to do it against better sides.

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