West Indies vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan believes the condition of the Guyana National Stadium pitch for the opening Test has suited Sri Lanka more than the home team.
Sarwan marked his return to international cricket after close to nine months with the top score of 80, as West Indies, replying to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 476 for eight declared, reached 269 for nine when stumps were drawn on the third day.
"This pitch is very similar to the ones they play on in Sri Lanka," Sarwan told reporters.
"When I toured Sri Lanka a few years ago it was the same sort of surface, and Mahela Jayawardene seems to know the conditions pretty well with the sort of field placements that he has been putting forward to us."
Sarwan feels that Caribbean groundsmen must pay closer attention to the types of pitches they produce.
"They have to take into consideration the opposition we are playing against, and whether we want a track that is faster and bouncier," he said.
"We probably wanted the opportunity to play on something that has more pace and bounce than this, but that didn't happen so we have to try and continue working hard as a team and try to work through it."
Sarwan thinks that Sri Lanka's bowlers have stuck to their game plan and they have made things difficult for the West Indies batsman by not offering them free runs.
"Obviously, they have the experience of bowlers who have been doing this year in, year out for them, especially on the flat surfaces they play on in Sri Lanka, so basically it wasn't a surprise to me because they know these conditions here pretty well," he said.
"You have to give credit to Sri Lanka, their bowlers were pretty patient and the fact that they were bowling on one side of the wicket, they were having an attacking and a defensive field, so it was pretty hard to get runs and also the discipline they showed."
Sarwan acknowledges Sri Lanka hold all the aces, but the match was far from over.
"First of all, we have to save the follow-on, then analyse where we are, and put ourselves in a decent or good position," he said.
"There is still a lot of time left in the game. We have to make sure we play well as a team, and continue to have a lot of partnerships going whether we're bowling or batting."
Sri Lanka have never won a Test in the Caribbean, having lost two and drawn two of their previous four.
The visitors are also eyeing a Test series victory for the first time in the Caribbean.