HEADLINE: Windies Turn to Basics in Win Over Sri Lanka

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6/14/18 7:17:36 AM 


Windies’ dominant performance over Sri Lanka came to a conclusion over the weekend and with it a feeling of satisfaction across the Caribbean. With all the complaints about this Jason Holder led team, this victory was achieved by sticking to the basics of Test match cricket. The initiation of which, came on Day 1, when the West Indies finding themselves at 156-5 provided the opportunity for what they would go on to successfully accomplish countless times over the next four days—going back to basics.

Dinesh Chandimal and his charges looked in pole position to make his opposite number regret his decision at the toss when Shane Dowrich arrived at the crease. Fortunately, the wicket-keeper brought with him a portentous calm, which subsequently took the game away from the Sri Lankans. Dowrich’s stay at the crease for almost eight (cool hours, was made more valuable by the resulting significance of the four run-making partnerships in which he was involved. These partnerships produced a combined two hundred and eighty-one (281) runs. Although, the West Indian top-order performance was not eye-catching, it too produced useful partnerships. It was with a combination of the two that Windies accomplished what any team batting first must look to accomplish—batting one hundred and twenty (120) overs.


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