T20 Giants West Indies look to squash Sri Lanka!
West Indies will win the match and series 2-0!
West Indies have great love towards the shortest format and they came back strongly after the ODI whitewash against Sri Lanka to win the first t20I match comprehensively. West Indies is one of the most feared T20 teams with a lot of T20 superstars in their ranks. They will look to win this match and secure the T20I series by 2-0 margin.
Sri Lanka will need to win this match to level the series and get some confidence moving ahead in the T20Is. A win in this match will do a world of good for the young Sri Lankan team in building their squad for the T20 World Cup later this year.
Sri Lanka`s top order was rattled to 56/5 in the 6-over mark with Kusal Perera the only top-order batsmen to survive. Perera (66 runs) then joined alongside Hathurasanga (44 runs) to lead their comeback with an 87-run partnership. But, they were left way too many runs to get and ended up with 171-all out. No Sri Lankan bowler made an impact with the ball with everyone going for runs at over 8 RPO. Lasith Malinga, Wanidu Hathurasanga, and Sandakan took a wicket each but were not able to stop the West Indian attack from scoring a massive total of 196 runs.
Kusal Perera – Kusal Perera played a gem of innings despite wickets falling around him. He scored a sublime 66 runs off 38 runs but ran out of partners to help his team to victory.
Wanidu Hathurasanga – Hathurasanga is developing into an excellent all-rounder with consistent performances with the bat and ball in the recent matches. He scored 44 runs and took a wicket in the last match.
Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka/Lahiru Kumara, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga (c), Lakshan Sandakan
Lahiru Kumara, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanidu Hasaranga, Angelo Mathews, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lasith Malinga
West Indies batting line-up is powered by a long list of power hitters up until the No.9 position. Openers Brandon King (33 runs) and Lendl Simmons (67* runs) set up the platform with their excellent 74-run partnership at the top of the order. Andre Rusell and Kieron Pollard took charge in the death overs scoring a combined tally of 69 runs in just 29 balls with 5 boundaries and six massive hits over the field. Oshane Thomas rattled the Sri Lankan chase with 5 wickets inside the powerplay. Dwayne Bravo, Rovman Powell, and Andre Russell picked up crucial wickets to never allow any momentum to the opposition in the chase.
Lendl Simmons – Lendl Simmons has evolved to be one of the most dependable batsmen for their team. He batted throughout the entire innings and allowed other players to take charge at different junctures.
Andre Russell – Russell`s charge of 14-ball 35 in the middle over set the tone for his skipper to take over. He also produced a good spell of 4-0-33-1 in a high scoring encounter. He will be one of the most dangerous players to watch out in T20Is.
Lendl Simmons, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell
Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Rovman Powell, Sheldon Cottrell, LMP Simmons, Fabian Allen, Andre Russell
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||0.87 k/h||From: ESE||67%|
|03h||28||0 mm.||0.51 k/h||From: SW||47%|
|06h||34||0 mm.||1.79 k/h||From: W||32%|
|09h||32||0 mm.||1.43 k/h||From: WNW||84%|
|12h||26||0.94 mm.||2.08 k/h||From: SSW||87%|
|15h||23||0.63 mm.||0.75 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|18h||23||0.31 mm.||0.62 k/h||From: ENE||93%|
|21h||21||0 mm.||0.42 k/h||From: SE||38%|
The weather looks not so promising on match day with 60-70% chances of rain but we expect the match to happen with a few overs reduced.
Pallekele is a good batting surface and batsmen may enjoy the ball coming onto the bat here. Spinners get more purchase than the faster bowler in these sub-continental pitches.
Batting first teams have a 12-6 win-loss record here and both skippers will look to bat first and post a big score on board.
West Indies has a lot of vastly experienced T20 players in form of Pollard, Bravo, Simmons and Russell in their playing XI. And they have great depth in batting and bowling departments with a variety of options.
Sri Lanka team lacks a solid player who is consistent in the top order and they cannot match the quality of the West Indian side on paper.
We expect West Indies to win this match!
West Indies will win the match and series 2-0!