The final match of the 2019 West Indies U-19 tri-series will be played between England U19 and Sri Lanka U19 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua. The match starts at 06:30 PM IST (01:00 PM GMT) (09:00 AM Local).
After weeks of round-robin league-stage encounters, we have finally reached the business end of the tournament with England U19 and Sri Lanka U19 set to lock horns in the finale on Saturday. After enduring a defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka early-on in the tournament, England came back in a dominating manner by winning consecutive rubbers against the island nation. Both sides locked horns on Thursday in Antigua where England U19 emerged victorious after posting 292 runs on the board.
England U19’s wicketkeeper Jordan Cox’s unbeaten 127-ball 105, one that helped them to post an eventual match-winning total of 4-292. Chasing 293, none of the Sri Lankan batsmen including the likes of Navod Paranavithrana , Kamil Mishara , Ravindu Rasantha  and Sonal Dinusha [51*] could convert their starts into a three-figure score as Jordan Cox did. They eventually finished with 9-251; something they’ll look to rectify in the final.
It is set to be another perfect day for cricket in Antigua. According to the weather report, the temperatures are expected to be between 25-28 degrees Celsius while humidity is expected to hover around 73 per cent.
Chasing has proved to be considerably difficult at the venue thus far, with this being a final, both teams’ will look to bat first and then strangle their opposition in the second half.
Average 1st inning score: 211 [In four matches played at the venue this series]
Record of chasing teams: Won- 1, Lost- 3
Injury and Availability News:
Will be updated when there is any news
Probable Playing XIs:
Sam Young, Tom Clark, Jordan Cox (WK), Jack Haynes, Luke Hollman, Kasey Aldridge, Joey Evison, George Hill (c), Dan Mousley, George Balderson, Lewis Goldsworthy
Bench – Ben Charlesworth, Harry Duke, Hamidullah Qadri, Scott Currie
Sri Lanka Under-19s:
Navod Paranavithana, Kamil Mishara [WK], Ahan Wickramasinghe, Ravindu Rasantha, Nipun Dananjaya [c], Chamindu Wijesinghe, Sonal Dinusha, Lakshan Gamage, Ashian Daniel, Naveen Fernando, Kavindu Nadeeshan
Bench – Amshi de Silva, Sudeera Thilakaratne, Chamundu Wijesinghe, Ashen Daniel, Chamindu Wickramasinghe
England U-19: Jordan Cox spearhead England U-19 batting unit with a pristine hundred in the last game. He, along with Tom Clark [102 runs] and Joey Evison [102 runs] will be crucial to their fortunes with the bat. With the ball, Kasey Aldridge [13 wickets] and George Balderson (11 wickets) are the leading wicket-takers and will once again be the ones to watch out for.
Sri Lanka U19– Each of Navod Paranavithana (73), Kamil Mishara , Ravindu Rasantha  and Sonal Dinusha [51*] got to starts but were unable to score a hundred, something Sri Lanka will be desperately hoping for in the final. Sri Lanka missed the services of Kavindu Nadeeshan in the last game. Nadershan has taken 15 wickets in the tournament and will lead the bowling unit.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Jordan Cox, Tom Clark, Nipun Dananjaya
Vice-Captain – Kasey Aldridge, Kamil Mishara, Navod Paranavithana
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Jordan Cox [C], Kamil Mishara
Batsmen – Navod Paranavithana, Nipun Danajaya [VC], Sonal Dinusha, David Mousley
All-Rounders – Lewis Goldsworthy, Joey Evison
Bowlers – George Balderson, Naveen Fernando, Blake Cullen
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Jordan Cox
Batsmen – Jack Haynes (C), Navod Paranavithana, Sonal Dinusha [VC], David Mousley, Ahan Wickramasinghe
All-Rounders – Lewis Goldsworthy, Ashian Daniel
Bowlers – Kavindu Nadeeshan, Naveen Fernando, Blake Cullen
The wickets at Coolidge ground has proved to be beneficial for batsmen. Hence, opting for the likes of Jordan Cox, Nipun Dananjaya or Tom Clark could be a good punt.
England U19 are expected to win the match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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