So, we are done with the T20I series between Sri Lanka and West Indies. It swung like a pendulum before the West Indies won the third T20I by 3 wickets and an over to spare to seal the series 2-1. The biggest positive for the Sri Lankan side from the T20I series was the superb form of Wanindu Hasaranga with the ball. The leg spinner scalped 8 wickets, and also went at a miserly economy rate of just 3.50 runs per over.
And now, we will get into ODI mode. The two sides will lock horns in a 3-match ODI series with the first rubber starting on 10th March 2021. For the West Indies, Shai Hope returns back to the ODI fold. The right-hander has been in scintillating form in the format and has scored a century and 2 fifties in his last 3 innings. Right arm pacer Alzarri Joseph returns to the side as well.
Also, as far as their ODI form is concerned, the hosts have lost their last 6 ODI matches. They will be looking to arrest their losing streak in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Dasun Shanaka returns to the Sri Lankan squad. The all-rounder missed the entire T20I series against the West Indies due to some Visa problems. After losing the T20I series, the visitors will be looking to start the ODI series with a win.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards cricket stadium is one that will offer assistance to both the batsmen as well as the bowlers. An even contest can be expected on this surface. Also, ODI cricket will return to the Sir Vivian Richards stadium after almost three and half years.
Playing Combinations for West Indies vs Sri Lanka
Shai Hope returns to the side, and he will open the batting alongside Evin Lewis. The experienced Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed and the dangerous Nicholas Pooran will come in at No.3, No.4, and No.5 respectively. Skipper Kieron Pollard will come in at No.6, followed by Kyle Mayers and Jason Holder.
Alzaari Joseph will spearhead the West Indian bowling attack, with either Akeal Hosein or Romario Shepherd taking the field tomorrow. The likes of Jason Holder, Fabien Allen and Kieron Pollard can also be handy with the ball in hand as well.
Probable XI: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein/Romario Shepherd
Bench: Kevin Sinclair, Akeal Hossain/Romario Shepherd
For Sri Lanka, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Danush Gunathilaka will wield the willow at the top of the order. While one out of Oshada Fernando or Pathum Nissanka might come in at No.3, the experienced duo of Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews will occupy the No.4 and No.5 slots.
The mercurial Thisara Perera will come in at No.6. While Dasun Shanaka is likely to occupy the No.7 slot, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan and Suranga Lakmal will complete the lineup.
Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Danush Gunathilaka, Oshada Fernando/Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal (WK), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka/Ramesh Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal
Bench: Oshada Fernando/Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka/Ramesh Mendis, Ashen Bandara
WI vs SL Head-to-Head
Played- 60 | West Indies- 28 | Sri Lanka- 29 | NR- 3
WI vs SL Broadcast Details
Match Timings: 7:00 PM IST
Live Streaming: FanCode
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