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Toss Winner - West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first
Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 20 runs
Battle for survival for West Indies and a must-win game
West Indies to win
Tournament: ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is a battle for survival for the West Indies in the 35th game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as they meet Sri Lanka. West Indies won their last game against Bangladesh to keep their hopes alive for a place in the semifinals and shall have to win this one by a big margin. Sri Lanka on the other hand is out of contention after their loss against England in the last game.
West Indies have enjoyed a good record against Sri Lanka in the past and have lost only once in the last seven games played between the two teams. They have a powerful batting line-up and shall look to do well here. Sri Lanka would be playing its last game of the competition and like to bow out in style with a win here.
The defending champions finally registered their first win of the competition as they defeated Bangladesh in their previous game by 3 runs. In a game that saw the momentum shift regularly, the side did well in the dying moments of the game to win it. They need a big win here to improve their run rate and stay in the hunt for a place in the semifinals and skipper Kieron Pollard would like to see a strong show from his team.
Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis haven’t been consistent and the side would like to see a good show from them. Roton Chase would have to do well in the middle order along with Shimron Hetmyer and Pollard and work on the scoring rate. They have powerful hitters of the ball in Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, and Dwayne Bravo adding solidity to this line-up.
Their bowling attack has done well in the last two games and the side would like to see early wickets from Ravi Rampaul and Jason Holder who bowled tight spells against Bangladesh. Akeal Hosein hasn’t been at his best and he has a very important role to play in this game. With Bravo, Russell, and Pollard in the mix, the side has good experience in the bowling department.
Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Roston Chase, Ravi Rampaul
Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravi Rampaul, Akeal Hosein, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell
Dasun Shanaka’s side is out of contention for a berth in the semifinal after their 26-run loss against Sri Lanka in the last game. The side has a poor net run rate and even a massive win here is unlikely to propel them to the 2nd spot on the points table. It has been a poor show for them in the Super 12 and as they bow out of the competition the side would look to win this game.
Kusal Perara has been in poor form and he would need to start the proceedings positively with Pathum Nissanka. The middle-order got starts in the last game and the likes of Avishaka Fernando, Charith Asalanka, and Avishaka Fernando must build partnerships for the side to do well in this game. Down the order, the side would expect to see runs from Bhanuka, Wanindu Hasarangs, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Shanaka.
Their bowlers struggled in the last game and the side would like to see a positive start from Dushmantha Chameera and Hasaranga. The latter has been the only consistent performer for the team. In Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, and Chamika Karunaratne they have good depth in the attack and it would be interesting to see how they fare against the strong batting line-up that West Indies have.
Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
Dushmantha Chameera, Avishka Fernando, Binura Fernando, Kusal Perera, Maheesh Theekshana, Dasun Shanaka, Pathum Nissanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanidu Hasaranga, Charith Asalanka, Chamika Karunaratne
The conditions are expected to be hot at humid in Abu Dhabi on November 04. The wicket hasn’t been the best for batting as the slowness in the surface has made life difficult for the batsmen. The side batting first in this game would be happy to put 160 runs or more on the board and can win the game here.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi is known for being a good ground for batsmen but the wicket has been slow here in the last few games and we haven’t seen big scores. It is a difficult venue for the fast bowlers as they are known to struggle here. Spinners on the other hand have enjoyed a good record here in the past as there is assistance for them from the surface.
In the eight games that have been played here in this tournament only twice have sides won the game after batting first. The conditions ease here as the game progresses making run chases easy. The two captains would surely have this on their minds at the toss and the one winning it is likely to opt for bowling first.
Sri Lanka has had an ordinary tournament after qualifying for the Super 12. Their batting has let them down as the side has lacked consistency in this department of the game. They would look forward to a good show here as they bring their campaign to an end. West Indies would also be under pressure after their poor show in the first two games. However, the side has more depth in its batting as well as bowling units and this would make them favorites to win this contest.
West Indies to win
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