With no Lasith Malinga and Dasun Shanaka, it would be difficult for Sri Lanka to turn the table.Cricket Betting
Akila Dananjaya’s hat-trick ruined by Kieron Pollard’s six sixes, that’s how we can describe the first of the three T20Is of the series, which West Indies won comprehensively. Sri Lanka had got a decent start thanks to the opener Niroshan Dickwella (33 runs from 29 balls) and number three Pathum Nissanka (39 runs off 34 balls). At half-way, they made 71 runs for the loss of just two wickets, but they failed to capitalize and added just 60 runs in the next ten overs, posting 131 runs on the board.
While chasing, West Indies got to a flying start with a solid opening-stand of 52 runs between Lendl Simmons (26 runs from 15 balls) and Evin Lewis (28 runs off 10 balls). As Dananjaya removed Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran in the fourth over to claim the hat-trick, the Sri Lankans started smelling the victory, only to face incessant blows from Kieron Pollard next. Taking advantage of the small ground in Antigua, Pollard hit six sixes off the hat-trick man’s next over, the sixth over of their innings. When a team gets 36 runs in an over chasing just 132, there is hardly anything left after that. Jason Holder too hit a couple of sixes and a boundary for his 24-balls 29, as West Indies won the game in just 13.1 overs, with six wickets in hand.
The second T20I is crucial for both sides. To remain in the contest, Sri Lanka must win this game. With no Lasith Malinga and Dasun Shanaka, it would be difficult for Sri Lanka to turn the table. The hosts have a clear advantage due to the ground peculiarity, the conditions.
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Fidel Edwards – 1(2)
Kevin Sinclair – 3(8)
|Current Bowler||Lakshan Sandakan – 3.4ov – 10/3|
|Current Run Rate||6.27|
|Toss||Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.|
|Home Team||West Indies|
|Score: 117 | Overs: 18.4|
|Away Team||Sri Lanka|
|Score: 6-160 | Overs: 20.0|
|Series||West Indies v Sri Lanka T20Is – Men’s|
|Umpires||Reifer, L A|
Brathwaite, G O
|Match Referee||Richardson, R B|
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|Lendl Simmons||lbw: De Silva||21||19||2||1||110.53|
|Evin Lewis||b: Perera||6||6||1||0||100.00|
|Chris Gayle||c: Bandara b: De Silva||16||16||2||1||100.00|
|Nicholas Pooran||b: Chameera||8||15||0||0||53.33|
|Jason Holder||c: Perera b: Gunathilaka||9||5||0||1||180.00|
|Dwayne Bravo||c: Mathews b: Chameera||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|Kieron Pollard||c: Chandimal b: Sandakan||13||15||0||1||86.67|
|Fabian Allen||lbw: De Silva||12||17||0||1||70.59|
|Kevin Sinclair||c: Nissanka b: Sandakan||3||8||0||0||37.50|
|Obed McCoy||b: Sandakan||23||7||2||2||328.57|
|Fidel Edwards||not out||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Total||(18.4 Ov, RR: 6.27)||117/10|
|Fall of wickets: 3-48 (Lendl Simmons, 6.5), 1-9 (Evin Lewis, 2.5), 2-45 (Chris Gayle, 6.1), 6-66 (Nicholas Pooran, 10.5), 4-60 (Jason Holder, 8.3), 5-65 (Dwayne Bravo, 10.1), 8-93 (Kieron Pollard, 16.5), 7-89 (Fabian Allen, 15.2), 10-117 (Kevin Sinclair, 18.4), 9-116 (Obed McCoy, 18.1)|
|Danushka Gunathilaka||c: Sinclair b: Bravo||56||42||4||2||133.33|
|Pathum Nissanka||run out (Bravo)||37||23||4||1||160.87|
|Dinesh Chandimal||c: Simmons b: Bravo||3||7||0||0||42.86|
|Angelo Mathews||c: Holder b: McCoy||13||15||0||0||86.67|
|Ashen Bandara||c: Simmons b: Holder||21||19||0||1||110.53|
|Thisara Perera||run out (McCoy)||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Wanindu Hasaranga||not out||19||11||3||0||172.73|
|Total||(20.0 Ov, RR: 8.00)||160/6|
|Fall of wickets: 2-96 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 10.5), 1-95 (Pathum Nissanka, 10.2), 3-104 (Dinesh Chandimal, 12.5), 4-119 (Angelo Mathews, 15.3), 6-154 (Ashen Bandara, 19.2), 5-129 (Thisara Perera, 16.4)|
Chris Gayle’s much-anticipated come-back in the first T20I was ruined by Akila Dananjaya. The fan and the followers across the globe still await fireworks from his bat, in the format most suited to him. However, Pollard’s scintillating innings and six-sixes ensured the crowd gets their share of entertainment, and the team gets the desired results. He joined Yuvraj Singh and Herschelle Gibbs to fetch 36 in an over.
Bowling first, the hosts kept Sri Lankan batsmen in check, thanks to the seamers especially Jason Holder. He bowled varieties of deliveries by changing line, length and pace. He bowled slower balls, yorkers, slower bouncers and whatnot, which restricted Lankan batsmen from scoring big. Holder conceded just 19 runs off his four overs, taking one wicket of Dickwella. Dwayne Bravo (1 for 26 in 4 overs) and McCoy (2 for 25 in 4 overs) too were effective because of their variations. Overall it’s all good in the West Indies camp at the moment, though they would love to see a good batting display from Gayle and Pooran in the second T20I.
Sri Lanka’s skipper Dasun Shanaka’s is expected to miss the entire three-match T20I series due to the Visa issues, which means Angelo Mathews will continue to lead the side in the next two games as well. In the first T20I, Sri Lanka played very good cricket, but they were defeated by one-man-army Kieron Pollard. And that exactly is going to be a challenging task for Mathews; to keep West Indies power-hitters at bay.
In the first T20I, the rain interruption during their batting didn’t help the visitors. However, the team overall needs to improve on their batting and fielding if they want to win the next match and save the series. On Antigua’s smaller ground, they managed just 131 runs, which was far below the par-score. While defending the total, Hasaranga de Silva (3 wickets) and Dananjaya shared the six wickets between them. The visitors might bring in another spinner, looking at how West Indies batsmen performed against the spin attack.
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Predicted Starting XI
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Ashen Bandara, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Oshada Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan
Key players for the West Indies vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I at Antigua
Lendl Simmons – The opener has scored 232 in the last 7 T20 internationals with an average of 46.40 and a strike of 161.11. His ability to score quickly helps the team right from the beginning.
Kieron Pollard – The player of the match of the first T20I, and the power-hitter all-rounder Pollard just cannot be ignored. He has 10 wickets in the last 10 matches and scored 274 runs at an average of 54.80 and strike rate of over 200.
PWH de Silva – The Sri Lankan all-rounder is the key player. In the last 9 games, he took 10 wickets and scored 101 runs. In the first T20I, he grabbed three wickets.
Angelo Mathews – A lot depends on the allrounder, the skipper Angelo Mathews. With the bowl, Mathews holds a good economy rate of just under 7 in T20I format, and he bats with a strike rate of over 118.
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