Man of the Match: Avishka Fernando
Battle of bottom-rankers as Sri Lanka, West Indies fight it out
Our Prediction is Sri Lanka to win the match!
West Indies will be looking to salvage some pride when they will face Sri Lanka in the 39th game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Chester-le Street on Monday.
For Sri Lanka, they will need to win their game against West Indies in order to have outside chance of qualifying for the semifinals of the competition. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne will be looking to do well in this must-win game.
West Indies will be keen to end their five-match losing streak against Sri Lanka. Captain Jason Holder will be hoping that the side can win their remaining games to end their World Cup on a positive note.
Sri Lanka produced another lackluster batting performance against South Africa to lose their third game of the World Cup. Despite losing their previous game, Sri Lanka will need to win their remaining two games in order to secure a respectable position in the league table.
In their last match, Sri Lanka suffered a comprehensive defeat against South Africa after scoring just 203 runs while batting first. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne will be desperate to get runs in this game after getting dismissed for a first-ball duck against South Africa in the previous game played at Chester-le-Street.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne has done a decent job for Sri Lanka at the top of the innings so far in this World Cup with 180 runs in five games. He also has scored two half-centuries in this competition.
Wicket-keeper Kusal Perera has done well after being slotted into the opening position in this World Cup. He is certainly one player who needs to stay at the crease and bat long for Sri Lanka in this game.
All-rounder Angelo Matthews and middle-order batsman Kusal Mendis have been inconsistent for the team, and therefore, better things will be expected of them. The duo once again failed to get big scores for Sri Lanka in their previous game played against South Africa.
Avishka Fernando has shown a lot of potentials and has got the side off to a blazing start in the previous game. The youngster needs to take his time at the crease in order to produce big innings for Sri Lanka in this game.
Veteran pace bowler Lasith Malinga will be keen to continue his good form with the ball in this game. He has claimed 9 wickets in 5 matches played so far in this World Cup. The rest of the bowling attack has been inconsistent and failed to create on the opposing teams in the middle phase of the innings.
Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Jeevan Mendis, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.
Dimuth Karunaratne, Avishka Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis , Isuru Udana, Angelo Mathews, JDF Vandersay, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Malinga
Two-time champions have been inconsistent so far in the competition and will have to produce their A-game against Sri Lanka.
For West Indies, the lack of runs from top-order batsmen has been their main problem in this World Cup. Chris Gayle has failed to deliver big runs for the side so far in the tournament and scored 200 runs in 6 matches at an average of 33.33. Left-hander will have another opportunity to do well with the bat against Sri Lanka.
The middle-order consists of Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetymer, who have the ability to win games of cricket for West Indies. The batting trio perished for low scores in the previous game played against India. The likes of Hope, Pooran and Hetmyer will need to produce crucial contributions with the bat in order for West Indies to post a competitive total on the board.
Sunil Ambris, who replaced injured Evin Lewis in the playing XI against India, also failed to capitalize on his good start and scored 33 off 40 balls with the help of two fours. He will be looking to make an impact with the bat in this game.
All-rounder Jason Holder has been a big disappointment so far with the bat and clearly needs to raise his game for the side. Left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell has certainly made an impact with the new ball and claimed 11 wickets so far in the competition. Pacer Kemar Roach was standout bowler for the side against India and finished with figures off 3 for 36 from his 10 overs. Captain Jason Holder also bowled exceedingly well in the previous game and picked up key wickets of Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul. The team management might bring in another spinner for this game as Oshane Thomas might be replaced by Ashley Nurse for this game.
Jason Holder (captain), Shai Hope (wk), Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Sunil Ambris Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen.
Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Ambris , Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Fabian Allen, Chris Gayle
The pitch tends to be sluggish in the first half of the innings. The batsmen need to play sensible cricket to produce big runs on this surface. The weather conditions for the game on Monday is sunny intervals with a gentle breeze
The Riverside Stadium in Chester-le-Street is going to host its second World Cup between Sri Lanka and West Indies. The conditions will certainly put Sri Lanka in a better position to win the game as they played against South Africa. Sri Lanka will take heart from the fact they have won their last three World Cup games against West Indies.
Both the sides will be looking to win the toss and bowl first on this surface. The wicket will be considerably easier for batsmen in the second half of the game.
Based on current form, Sri Lanka will be favorites to win their game against West Indies. The likes of Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis and Avishka Fernando will need to deliver big runs with the bat in this must-win game.
On the other hand, West Indies need to raise their game with the bat and ball in order to secure their second win of the competition. Expect Sri Lanka to beat West Indies by a comfortable margin.