West Indies and Sri Lanka are all set to face other in the Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup 2021 on Thursday, November 4 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Lankans, led by Dasun Shanaka, have already been shown the door of elimination after their 26-run loss against England.
The Islanders can finish third at best if they manage to take down the Caribbean team in their next game. Sri Lanka started the tournament with four wins on the trot, but are on a three-match losing streak. West Indies, on the other hand, have flattered to deceive being the defending champions.
Pollard’s men lost their first two games by six and eight wickets respectively after which their net run rate also took a hammering. Mathematically, they have a chance of qualifying for the semis. They will be going into the next game on the back of a three-run win over Mahmudullah’s Bangladesh.
Playing Combinations for West Indies vs Sri Lanka
West Indies’ batting is yet to fire on all cylinders in the World Cup. Evin Lewis has a half-century to his name, but he hasn’t got much support from the others. The left-handed Nicholas Pooran played a cameo against Bangladesh and should be high on confidence. Akeal Hosein has picked up four wickets, but apart from him, none of the West Indies have looked penetrative enough.
Probable Playing XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul
Charith Asalanka is the leading run-scorer for Lanka, having notched 163 runs with a top score of an unbeaten 80 against Bangladesh. Bhanuka Rajapaksha and Pathum Nissanka have also done their bit with the bat in hand. Wanindu Hasaranga has been their standout bowler with 14 wickets at an economy rate of 5.26. The likes of Maheesh Theekshana and Lahiru Kumara have also done well.
Probable Playing XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
Matches- 14, West Indies – 7, Sri Lanka– 7, Tied- 0
In T20 World Cups
Matches- 7, West Indies – 2, Sri Lanka– 5, Tied- 0
Match – West Indies vs Sri Lanka – Match 35
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time – 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network
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