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World Cup 2019, Match39- SL vs WI, Preview: Lankans out to keep slim qualification hopes alive

“It is a must-win clash for Sri Lanka in order to keep the semis hopes alive.”

After the massive the encounter between two heavyweights at Edgbaston, it is now time to shift the focus towards another big encounter as Sri Lanka will be locking horns with the Windies at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on July 1, Monday. The Windies team have already been knocked out of this tournament, while the Lankans are still in with a slight chance. They are coming into this game after conceding convincing losses in their respective previous outings and will be desperately chasing to win this match.

Since their inspiring victory versus hosts England, Sri Lanka surrendered quite meekly against South Africa, losing the game at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street by nine wickets. Dimuth Karunaratne & Co. are currently placed seventh on the points table with six points from seven matches. Their next two league games are must-win ones in order to progress to the semis of the event.

On the other hand, the Windies team is low on confidence and is languishing at the ninth position of the points table with three points. It’s been one month since Jason Holder and Co won their last World Cup match versus Pakistan in Nottingham. Even as the Windies will be playing for pride, Lanka is expected to strain every sinew in the game.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

Sri Lanka

Windies

No Result

Overall (56)

25

28

3

In World Cup (8)

3

4

1

 

Sri Lanka’s likely Playing XI

Sri Lankan team management have opted to persist with Jeevan Mendis despite him floundering with both bat and ball. Jeffrey Vandersay, another leg-spinning option in their ranks, can be tried out. Their batting has been inconsistent, to say the least. Karunaratne, their best bet with the willow, didn’t get runs in the last two matches. Kusal Perera has looked promising but needs to play a knock of substance.

Angelo Mathews got back to form versus the Proteas but then faltered in the very next game. Kusal Mendis has been getting starts but hasn’t converted any of them. In the bowling department, Lasith Malinga has been their standout performer with nine wickets, including a four-wicket haul. Suranga Lakmal has been disappointing as he is yet to pick up a wicket in the tournament.

Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis/Jeffrey Vandersay, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.

Windies’ likely Playing XI

On the other hand, the Caribbean team is likely to bring in spinner Ashley Nurse in place of Fabian Allen. The same is for the reason that the Lankan line-up has a number of left-handers. Chris Gayle has a couple of the fifties, but apart from that, has looked a tad clueless. Sunil Ambris, who replaced Evin Lewis, looked assured in the middle against India. Shai Hope has gotten 192 runs but has been far from his very best.

Nicholas Pooran has had his stutters as well. Jason Holder hasn’t had the greatest of times barring his half-century versus the Aussies. In the bowling department, Sheldon Cottrell has stood out for the Windies. The hulk-like Oshane Thomas has bowled with venom but has also leaked runs at alarming rates at times. Holder picked up a couple of wickets in the last game and he’ll be high on confidence.

Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen/Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.