Sri Lanka are on a tour to West Indies to play 3 T20I, 3 ODI and 2 Tests within a month. The tour will begin with the first T20I at Antigua on 4th March 2021 and will end with the second Test that will commence on 29th March 2021.
Both the teams will be looking at this series as a preparation for T20 World Cup scheduled to happen later this year in India. West Indies coach Phil Simmons is looking at this series to finalize the ‘make-up’ of the team for the World Cup.
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Dwayne Bravo – 4(17)
Jason Holder – 29(24)
|Current Bowler||Nuwan Pradeep – 0.1ov – 6/0|
|Current Run Rate||10.18|
|Toss||West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl.|
|Home Team||West Indies|
|Score: 6-134 | Overs: 13.1|
|Away Team||Sri Lanka|
|Score: 9-131 | Overs: 20.0|
|Series||West Indies v Sri Lanka T20Is – Men’s|
|Umpires||Brathwaite, G O|
Reifer, L A
|Match Referee||Richardson, R B|
LIVE MATCH ODDS
West Indies will be excited at the return of universe boss Chris Gayle and pacer Fidel Edwards back in the squad. Gayle, 41 years old and Edwards, 39 years old, bring immense experience in the squad and have performed well recently.
While the West Indies called back their veterans, Sri Lanka misses out on theirs in the form of Lasith Malinga. Dasun Shanaka was appointed captain in his stead, but the visa-related delays meant he can’t reach the Caribbean on time for the first T20I. Angelo Matthews will lead Sri Lanka in the opening T20 encounter.
The Coolidge Cricket Ground at Antigua is a peculiar one. With one side smaller than others and a constant breeze will mean that bowlers would have to adjust the bowling strategy regularly. The team that adapts to the ground dimensions and breeze would have a better chance in the first T20I, feels coach Simmons
|Lendl Simmons||lbw: De Silva||26||15||3||2||173.33|
|Evin Lewis||c: Gunathilaka b: Perera||28||10||2||3||280.00|
|Chris Gayle||lbw: Perera||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Nicholas Pooran||c: Dickwella b: Perera||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Kieron Pollard||lbw: De Silva||38||11||0||6||345.45|
|Jason Holder||not out||29||24||1||2||120.83|
|Fabian Allen||lbw: De Silva||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Dwayne Bravo||not out||4||17||0||0||23.53|
|Total||(13.1 Ov, RR: 10.18)||134/6|
|Fall of wickets: 4-62 (Lendl Simmons, 4.6), 1-52 (Evin Lewis, 3.2), 2-52 (Chris Gayle, 3.3), 3-52 (Nicholas Pooran, 3.4), 5-101 (Kieron Pollard, 6.4), 6-101 (Fabian Allen, 6.5)|
|Niroshan Dickwella||b: Holder||33||29||3||1||113.79|
|Danushka Gunathilaka||c: Pollard b: Sinclair||4||6||0||0||66.67|
|Pathum Nissanka||st: Pooran b: Allen||39||34||4||1||114.71|
|Dinesh Chandimal||c: Holder b: McCoy||11||10||0||1||110.00|
|Angelo Mathews||c: Simmons b: Edwards||5||6||0||0||83.33|
|Thisara Perera||c: Bravo b: McCoy||1||4||0||0||25.00|
|Wanindu Hasaranga||c: Allen b: Bravo||12||14||0||0||85.71|
|Ashen Bandara||run out (Allen)||10||6||1||0||166.67|
|Akila Dananjaya||not out||9||9||0||0||100.00|
|Dushmantha Chameera||run out (Holder)||2||2||0||0||100.00|
|Total||(20.0 Ov, RR: 6.55)||131/9|
|Fall of wickets: 2-71 (Niroshan Dickwella, 9.6), 1-20 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 2.6), 3-83 (Pathum Nissanka, 12.2), 5-97 (Dinesh Chandimal, 14.1), 4-96 (Angelo Mathews, 13.6), 6-106 (Thisara Perera, 16.2), 7-111 (Wanindu Hasaranga, 17.2), 8-126 (Ashen Bandara, 19.3), 9-131 (Dushmantha Chameera, 19.6)|
MATCH EVENT TOP ODDS
The big news from the West Indies camp is that Chris Gayle is back to the squad for T20Is. He is back with some strong performances in IPL 2020 and PSL recently. Playing for Quetta Gladiators, Gayle scored 107 runs in two innings with a strike rate of 167. Earlier, he revived the KXIP campaign in IPL 2020, with 288 runs in 7 innings at a strike rate of 137 and a top score of 99.
On the other hand, Edwards is back with a strong performance in CPL 2020 with 9 wickets in 9 games at 25 and an economy of under 8 runs per over. Another star layer Sunil Narine misses out due to fitness-related issues. Along with the experience, the West Indies have included uncapped Akeal Hosein – bowling all-rounder and pacer Kevin Sinclair. The team will be led by Kieron Pollard with Nicholas Pooran being the wicketkeeper.
Sri Lanka seem a little short on confidence with the drubbing they received from England in the home conditions. The situation became worse when Malinga went out of contention for not training with the squad for the past few months. Dasun Shanaka, the newly appointed captain, was all set to lead for the first time in this match, but visa-related delays meant he will miss the match and Sri Lanka will miss a capable all-rounder.
West Indies is a formidable T20 team anywhere in the world. At home, they are even more difficult to beat. Sri Lanka will have to get over all these issues quickly under the able leadership of Angelo Mathews to have any chance against the Windies. Pathum Nissanka – the opening batsman and Ashen Bandara – the middle-order batsman are the two uncapped players added to the squad whereas Akila Dhanjaya makes a comeback after one and half years.
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, Nuwan Pradeep
Key players for the West Indies vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I at Antigua