West Indies won the 1st Test by 226 runs © AFP
West Indies won the 1st Test by 226 runs © AFP

West Indies comfortably won the first Test against Sri Lanka by 226 runs at Queen’s Park Oval. This was West Indies’ first Test in 2018. In 2017 they had played 10 Tests against Pakistan, Zimbabwe, England and New Zealand of which they won 3, drew 1 and lost the rest. Captain Jason Holder sounded satisfied after the win: “We had a lot of time to sit back and reflect on how the last year ended. To start this series the way we’ve started it is quite pleasing. Knowing that in the past we’ve lost at the start of the series and were playing catch-up cricket, it was good to come out of the gates on a winning note.”

Batting first the host scored 414 for 8 with Shane Dowrich scoring 125* and useful contribution by Holder (40), Devendra Bishoo (40) and Kemar Roach (39). The West Indian bowlers managed to bowl out Sri Lanka on both the occasions. In the first innings Miguel Cummins picked up 3 for 39 and Roston Chase took 4 for 15 in the second innings guiding the team to victory.

Holder also expressed concern about West Indies lower order failing to covert. However, in this match the players stood up adding valuable runs.

“Our lower order has been one of the most consistent lower orders in world cricket for the last two or three years, I always back the guys to come in and put up a partnership and put up a fight,” added Holder. “It really started with the partnership that Shane and I had, and then Devendra came in and played an outstanding knock. Not only did he take time out of the game, he scored runs as well. It wore down the Sri Lankan bowlers and made it tough for them.”