The 8th game of the West Indies U19 Tri-Series will be played between England U19 and Sri Lanka U19 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (1:00 PM GMT) (6:30 PM IST). The game can be viewed on West Indies Cricket YouTube Channel and on Fan Code app in India.
As the Under-19s Tri-Series draws to its conclusion, England Under-19s and Sri Lanka U-19 lock horns in the last league match of the series before the final. As both teams have already qualified for the finals, we could possibly see a shuffled squad of the two sides. Both England U19 and Sri Lanka U19 have won three out of their five games in the series.
England Under-19s showcased a strong bowling performance in their last match as they dismantled Sri Lanka Under-19s batting force. After dismissing the Lankan side at the score of 113, George Hill and Co raced to the target in just 33 overs. Dan Mousley steered his side to the target by scoring 43 runs off 62 balls.
George Balderson emerged as the top performer for his side after scalping three wickets in his spell. He was joined by Scott Currie, who also scalped three wickets while conceding 18 runs in his spell. England Under-19s will be looking forward to delivering a similar performance ahead of the series-final. On the other hand, Sri Lanka Under-19s will be hoping to redeem themselves before stepping into the finals.
The Coolidge Cricket ground is expected to be partly cloudy. The temperature is expected to hover around 26 degrees Celcius along with high levels of humidity.
The Coolidge Cricket Ground hosted three Youth ODIs thus far; both in the ongoing Tri-Series. The previous match between West Indies Under-19s and Sri Lanka Under-19s saw both the teams cross the 200-run mark. The wicket is expected to attract massive totals.
Average first innings score: 182 (Youth ODI matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
(Will be added when there is an update)
England’s bowling duo of Balderson and Currie had dismantled the Lankans in the previous match. They are expected to replicate their performance. Dan Mousley has also delivered performances for his side. He has scored 140 runs in his last five matches. Kavindu Nadeeshan has been the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka Under-19s while their batting force has been steered by Nipun Dananjaya.
Probable Playing XIs:
West Indies Under-19s:
Kimani Melius (C), Mbeki Joseph, Leonardo Julian (WK), Kirk McKenzie, Daniel Beckford, Nyeem Young, Matthew Forde, Matthew Patrick, Jayden Seales, Avinash Mahabirsingh, Ashmead Nedd.
Bench – Antonio Morris, Joshua James, Kevlon Anderson, Ramon Simmonds
Luke Hollman, Jack Haynes, Ben Charlesworth, George Balderson, Kasey Aldridge, Joey Evison, George Hill (c), Dan Mousley, Scott Currie, Harry Duke (wk), Sam Young
Bench – Hamidullah Qadri, Jordan Cox, Tom Clark, Blake Cullen, Lewis Goldsworthy
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Kasey Aldridge, Kavindu Nadeeshan, Nipun Dhananjaya
Vice-Captain – Tom Clark, Jordan Cox, Ben Charlesworth
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Kamil Mishara
Batsmen – Dan Mousley, Tom Clark, Nipun Dananjaya (C), Ahan Wickramasinghe
All-Rounders – Kasey Aldridge, Lewis Goldsworthy
Bowlers – Blake Cullen, George Balderson, Kavindu Nadeeshan (VC), Dilum Sudeera
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Jordan Cox
Batsmen – Ben Charlesworth (VC), Nipun Dananjaya, Sonal Dinusha, Ahan Wickramasinghe
All-Rounders – Kasey Aldridge, Joe Evison
Bowlers – Hamidullah Qadri, Blake Cullen, Kavindu Nadeeshan (C), Amshi De-Silva
Both teams are expected to make changes in their line-up ahead of the much-awaited final. Hence, keep an eye on the starting squad before the start of the match. A full-strength team might not be on the cards.
England Under-19s are expected to win.
*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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