Lara's form worries Sri Lanka

Kingston June 26. Sri Lanka goes into the second and final cricket Test against the West Indies here on Friday hoping to avoid further punishment from in-form Brian Lara.

Lara hammered 209 in the drawn first match in St. Lucia on Wednesday to become only the fifth batsman to score five or more double-centuries in Tests.

Sri Lanka suffered the most in recent years from Lara who has already compiled five hundreds against them in as many Tests, including two double-centuries.

Sri Lankan captain Hashan Tillekeratne conceded his bowlers need to get Lara's wicket cheaply in order to put pressure on the West Indies in the second Test.

The West Indies made one change from the team that drew the first Test, including uncapped paceman Fidel Edwards in place of reserve wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh.

The teams:

West Indies (from): Brian Lara (capt.), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Omari Banks, Corey Collymore, Mervyn Dillon, Vasbert Drakes, Fidel Edwards, Daren Ganga, Chris Gayle, Wavell Hinds, Ridley Jacobs, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor.

Sri Lanka (from): Hashan Tillekeratne (capt.), Marvan Atapattu, Mahela Jayawardena, Sanath Jayasuriya, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Thilan Samaraweera, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Kumar Dharmasena, Prabath Nissanka, Darshana Gamage, Dinusha Fernando, Thilan Thushara. — AFP

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