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West Indian cricket team in Sri Lanka in 1993–94

The West Indies cricket team toured Sri Lanka from 1 to 18 December 1993. The tour consisted of three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and a one off Test Match. This was the first time the West Indies toured Sri Lanka, which hosted the first ever Test Match between the two countries. A three-day tour match between West Indies and Sri Lanka Board President's XI was also played at the Galle International Stadium from 3–5 December.

The tour was disrupted by bad weather, only one of its five fixtures ran its full course. The Test match had less than 12 hours of play. The only other first-class match, at Galle, was even more abbreviated. Rain prevented a finish to the first one-day international and the third was turned into a 23-over match.

The tour was first projected to be a three-Test series. It was rearranged and shortened to accommodate the Hero Cup, a limited-overs competition in India in which both teams took part.[1]


Test squadsODI squads
 Sri Lanka West Indies Sri Lanka West Indies
Arjuna Ranatunga (c)Richie Richardson (c)Arjuna Ranatunga (c)Richie Richardson (c)
Roshan MahanamaDesmond Haynes (vc)Roshan MahanamaBrian Lara
Dulip SamaraweeraPhil SimmonsSanath JayasuriyaPhil Simmons
Hashan TillakaratneBrian LaraAravinda de SilvaKeith Arthurton
Aravinda de SilvaKeith ArthurtonHashan TillakaratneCarl Hooper
Sanath JayasuriyaCarl HooperHemantha WickramaratneJimmy Adams (wk)
Ruwan KalpageRoger HarperRuwan KalpageRoger Harper
Pubudu Dassanayake (wk)Junior Murray (wk)Romesh Kaluwitharana (wk)Junior Murray (wk)
Pramodya WickramasingheWinston BenjaminRumesh RatnayakeCurtly Ambrose
Don AnurasiriCurtly AmbrosePramodya WickramasingheKenny Benjamin
Muttiah MuralitharanCourtney WalshDon AnurasiriCourtney Walsh
Dulip LiyanageDesmond Haynes
Dulip SamaraweeraAnderson Cummins
Winston Benjamin

First-class match

Tour match – Sri Lanka Board President's XI v West Indians

3 December 1993 (1993-12-03)
279/6 (105.5 overs)
Carl Hooper 89
Asanka Gurusinha 2/26 (25 overs)
  • West Indians won the toss and decided to bat
  • There was no play on the final day.
  • Roger Harper passed 6500 runs in First-Class Matches when he reached 54

Test Match

8 December 1993 (1993-12-08)
190 (98.2 overs)
Aravinda de Silva 53 (129)
Winston Benjamin 4/46 (20 overs)
204 (78.5 overs)
Carl Hooper 62 (121)
Muttiah Muralitharan 4/47 (15.5 overs)
43/2 (22.1 overs)
Aravinda de Silva 15* (10)
Winston Benjamin 1/5 (6 overs)
  • Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
  • First ever test match between West Indies and Sri Lanka.
  • Match extended by 1-day (Due to no play on Day 1, the rest day was used)
  • Dulip Samaraweera made his Test debut for Sri Lanka.

This tour marked the first time the West Indies toured Sri Lanka for a full series, which included the very first Test match played between the two teams. Unfortunately the low scoring match was disrupted by the dreadful weather which only allowed for 11½ hours' of play, and was very poorly attended.[1] There was no play on day one and no balls were bowled on days four and five.

Sri Lanka won the toss and batted first, scoring 190 in under 100 overs with only a single half century in the innings by de Silva. The pitch was turning while the West Indies, for the first time in five years, played two front-line spinners, Harper joining Hooper. At Ranatunga's wicket, Sri Lanka were 130 for six. The seventh-wicket stand between Kalpage and wicket-keeper Dassanayake showed some defence however Ambrose effortlessly demolished the tail end

The West Indian innings were hardly as successful. The Sri Lankan spinners shared all ten wickets, Muralitharan claiming four of them. Losing four for 84, the fifth-wicket partnership between Richardson and Hooper gave the West Indies the lead. With the loss of that partnership the last six wickets went down for 36 runs. The match was drawn after 22 overs into Sri Lanka's second innings.[2]

ODI series

Three ODIs were played, one before and two after the Test match.

1st ODI

1 December 1993 (D/N)
West Indies 
197/3 (39 overs)
 Sri Lanka
35/2 (12.1 overs)
Brian Lara 89 (118)
Don Anurasiri 1/26 (8 overs)
Arjuna Ranatunga * 11 (14)
Courtney Walsh 1/10 (5 overs)
No result
P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: B. C. Cooray (SL) & Peter Manuel (SL)
  • West Indies, who chose to bat
  • Match abandoned due to rain and bad light.
  • Overnight rain Shortened the game to 39 overs a side.
  • ST Jayasuriya retired hurt at 13/0

Overnight rain reduced the game to 39 overs a side, the game was further disrupted and prematurely finished due to the dark clouds and furious thunderstorms. Both teams found it hard to score runs on the slow pitch, however Lara's drives and clips off the legs raced to the boundary despite an extremely heavy outfield; he hit eight fours in 118 balls. Scoring only 16 runs in the first ten overs of Ambrose and Walsh, as well as losing the wicket of De Silva and Jayasuriya forced to retire with cramps, the Sri Lanka batsmen readily accepted the light when offered after an indiscreet bouncer from Kenny Benjamin.[3]

2nd ODI

16 December 1993 (D/N)
West Indies 
229/8 (49 overs)
 Sri Lanka
230/7 (48.1 overs)
Brian Lara 65 (77)
Ruwan Kalpage 4/45 (10 overs)
Arjuna Ranatunga 66 (78)
Anderson Cummins 4/33 (10 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Khettarama Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: B.C. Cooray & K. T. Francis
Player of the match: Arjuna Ranatunga
  • West Indies, who chose to bat

After 18 limited-overs matches against the West Indies, Sri Lanka pulled off only their second win, with five balls to spare. Opening the batting, Haynes and Lara made a rollicking start with 128 from 26 overs, but were later bogged down by the spinners. After a thrill less innings, Sri Lanka entered the last nine overs needing 50 runs. The captain, Ranatunga, put Sri Lanka back on track attacking Ambrose for 12 runs in the penultimate over, levelling the scores and winning the match for the team. The West Indies gave away 18 wides finding bowling under the floodlights troublesome.[4]

3rd ODI

18 December 1993 (D/N)
Sri Lanka 
103/5 (23 overs)
 West Indies
107/4 (22.1 overs)
Aravinda de Silva 34 (49)
Courtney Walsh 3/24 (5 overs)
Brian Lara 29 (54)
Sanath Jayasuriya 2/28 (5 overs)
West Indies won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
Umpires: Peter Manuel & Udaya Wickramasinghe
Player of the match: Keith Arthurton
  • Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
  • Match reduced by rain to 23 overs per side.
  • The match was reduced before play started to 25 overs per side
  • Aravinda de Silva de Silva passed 3500 runs in ODIs when he reached 22

Heavy rain reduced the final match to a 23 overs a side game. Walsh exploited the sweating pitch, which offered ample movement, to capture the first three wickets, crippling the Sri Lankan batting even though De Silva batted sensibly. The cruising West Indians were pressured by the spinners and the required run rate rose to 35 in five overs. However, Arthurton's gigantic six over extra cover eased the pressure and put West Indies on course for victory.[5]


  1. ^ a b "The West Indians in Sri Lanka, 1993–94". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  2. ^ "SRI LANKA v WEST INDIES 1993–94". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  3. ^ "First One-Day International Sri Lanka v West Indies 1993–94". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Second One-Day International Sri Lanka v West Indies 1993–94". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Third One-Day International Sri Lanka v West Indies 1993–94". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 December 2011.

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