Lasith Malinga's men eye strong start against struggling West Indies!
Sri Lanka to register a comfortable win in T20I series opener!
Sri Lanka will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they take on West Indies in the opening game of the T20I series at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka is coming into this series after completing a 3-0 clean sweep over West Indies in the one-day series. The home side will be looking to end their losing streak in the T20 format. Captain Lasith Malinga will be hoping that the side can put on a decent show in this opening fixture.
On the other hand, West Indies will be keen to turn things around in the two-match T20I series. Skipper Kieron Pollard will be hoping that the senior players can come to the party with bat and ball.
Lasith Malinga-led unit will be looking to produce a clinical performance with bat and ball in order to end their five-match losing streak in the T20 format. Medium-pacer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Angelo Matthew have made their return to the T20 squad for this series. Medium-pacer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Dhananjaya suffered from injuries during Sri Lanka’s last one-day game against West Indies played at Pallekele. Lahiru Kumara and wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella might be included in the playing XI for this game.
For this game, the home side will be relying on the in-form players like Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera to do the bulk of the scoring. Rookie opener Avishka Fernando played exceedingly well in the one-day series against West Indies. He topped the batting charts for Sri Lanka with 206 runs at an average of 68.67.
The big positive for Sri Lanka from the one-day series was Kusal Mendis finding form with the bat. The middle-order batsman accumulated 194 runs in 3 matches with a strike rate of 101.20. He will be keen to continue his rich vein of form in this two-match series.
Angelo Matthews, Dasun Shanaka and Niroshan Dickwella will be given the task to produce quick runs for the side in the later stages of the innings. Isuru Udana is another player that has the ability to clear boundaries in the final overs of the innings.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on Lasith Malinga and Lahiru Kumara to provide breakthroughs with the new ball. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has shown excellent form for Sri Lanka in the T20 format. The 22-year old has claimed 15 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 17.40.
Lasith Malinga (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Matthews, Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Kumara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan.
Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Angelo Mathews, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga
The visitors will be looking to end their winless streak in this T20I series. Experienced players like Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Lendl Simmons have been recalled into the T20 squad for this series. Oshane Thomas and Kesrick Williams have been included to bolster the pace-bowling department for West Indies.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Shai Hope, Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard to make notable contributions in this game. Opening batsman Lendl Simmons has done well for the side in the T20 format. In 7 T20I matches, Simmons has accumulated 206 runs at an average of 41.20 with two half-centuries to his name.
In the absence of Evin Lewis, Shai Hope has come in as a replacement for this T20I series. He finished as the leading run-scorer for West Indies in the three-match one-day series. Hope will be looking to continue his good form in the T20 format.
Captain Kieron Pollard has shown consistency with the bat in the T20 format. Since Jan 2019, Pollard has topped the batting chart for West Indies with 301 runs at a strike rate of 139.35. The team management will be hoping that he can find form in this T20 series.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams and Dwayne Bravo to provide crucial wickets in this game. There is no doubt that Sheldon Cottrell has been standout performer for West Indies in this format. Since Jan 2019, Left-arm quick has claimed 18 wickets in 15 matches at an economy rate of 7.31.
Shai Hope, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetymer, Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Rovman Powell/Fabian Allen , Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell.
Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Rovman Powell, LMP Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Andre Russell
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0 mm.||0.9 k/h||From: ESE||56%|
|03h||27||0 mm.||1.02 k/h||From: NW||96%|
|06h||34||0 mm.||2.47 k/h||From: N||67%|
|09h||36||0 mm.||2.83 k/h||From: NNE||14%|
|12h||32||0 mm.||3.12 k/h||From: ENE||10%|
|15h||22||0 mm.||0.76 k/h||From: S||100%|
|18h||21||0 mm.||1.1 k/h||From: ESE||99%|
|21h||20||0 mm.||0.95 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
The wicket at Pallekele International Cricket is expected to full of runs. The bowlers will need to work hard on such a docile pitch.The weather forecast for the game to be played on Wednesday is going to be clear skies in the evening.
Pallekele International Stadium is going to host the opening game of the T20I series between Sri Lanka and West Indies. Sri Lanka have an excellent head-to-head record against West Indies in the T20 format.
On the other hand, West Indies have lost both their T20I matches against Sri Lanka played at this venue.
Due to fair expected for the game, the side will be looking to win the toss and bowl first in these conditions. Majority of the games played at this venue have been won sides batting second.
With the return of Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, and Lendl Simmons, it is certainly going to be closely contested T20I series. Based on the current form, Sri Lanka is expected to win their opening game against West Indies. With likes of Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Matthews showing excellent form with the bat, Sri Lanka will be keen to start on a winning note at Pallekele.
Sri Lanka to register a comfortable win in T20I series opener!