Galle - Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat in
the first Test against the West Indies at the Galle International
Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka brought in the 30-year-old
batsman Milinda Siriwardana to play his first Test match with senior
player Dinesh Chandimal swapping wicketkeeping gloves with Kusal Janith
The 23-year-old Jason Holder, captaining the West Indies
for the first time, opted to play four fast bowlers on the spin-friendly
Galle pitch where the home side have a long history of success.
second and final Test is due to be played in Colombo from October 22
and the tourists are scheduled to play three one day internationals and
two T20 matches, the last of which will be on November 12.
Lanka: Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Lahiru
Thirimanna, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Rangana Herath,
Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Tharindu Kaushal, Milinda Siriwardana
Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Kraig Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo,
Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Shannon Gabriel, Devendra
Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kemar Roach
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA) Richard Illingworh (ENG)
TV umpire: Shane Fry (AUS)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)