Sri Lanka vs West Indies!
Venue: Riverside Ground
Date: Monday, 1 July
Time: 03:00pm IST, 10:30am local
Sri Lanka will take on West Indies in their 8th match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Riverside Ground in England. Both the teams are out of the World Cup. It remains just a formality and hence both the teams will fight for their pride.
Sri Lanka was never really a team that anyone expected to perform well, and rightly so their condition is at this point. The only good thing they did in this tournament was to upset England and that really changed the World Cup’s boredom to some exciting possibilities. Sri Lanka’s batting looks the worst with no intent or quest to achieve a target. Malinga has been exceptional and so his performance says. Nothing much to analyze from them, Sri Lankan Cricket is digging new lows for themselves, and no one has an idea of how they can improve.
Key Players: Lasith Malinga.
West Indies, on the other hand, started with a bang, defeating Pakistan comprehensively. Everyone’s expectations were touching the skies after their first encounter. But since then they have disappointed. Chris Gayle has had a couple of good knocks under his belt could not perform when it needed the most. Shai Hope is running through a lean phase. Captaincy standards look poor, even though Jason Holder’s personal performance is quite impressive, West Indies are having a nightmare this World Cup. Cottrell is one positive that has come ahead for Windies and they will surely groom him for future.
Key Players: Gayle, Holder, Cottrell.
Head to Head:
WI 28 – SL 26
In World Cup: 8
WI 4 – SL 3
Rain may play a spoilsport as they are an expectation of moderate rain. However, the weather in the morning and afternoon is subjected to some clouds with plenty of sunlight. The maximum temperature estimated is 18 degree Celsius and 10 degree Celsius is estimated to be lowest.
The team winning the toss should choose to bowl first. And with Riverside favoring bowlers, it would be better to chase the runs instead of defending it. And as the rains are expected chasing would be a much viable option.
Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis/ Milinda Siriwardana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga
Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabien Allen, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas