The hopes of Sri Lanka side qualifying for the semis was drained out after England’s win yesterday. The side entered the tournament as underdogs but have been fighting back with all their might.
The Lankan side caused major upset to the hosts as they beat England. However, they failed to keep their rhythm going as they lost to South Africa in the very next game.
The Windies side on the other hand, announced a strong presence in their very first match but have failed right after in a consistent manner. The side only has one win in 7 played matches.
The sides now have nothing to lose. This match will be about saving their blushes and showcasing a good game of cricket.
Sri Lanka (Probable XI): Kusal Perera(WK), Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhanajaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardane/Jeevan Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep.
West Indies (Probable XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (WK), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (C), Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach.
Dimuth Karunaratne vs Sheldon Cottrell
The Lankan Captain has been if not consistent, giving it his all to put up runs on the board.
The newly appointed captain has been having a rather upsetting run. Sri Lanka currently rest at the 6th position with only 6 points.
With just over 400 runs in 23 matches, Dimuth registered his highest ODI score of 97 against Australia, in this World Cup.
Sheldon Soldier Cottrell is an army professional who has been wrecking havoc in this World Cup.
The Jamaican is currently referred to as the best fielder in this tournament and is also the 10th highest wicket taker in this tournament with 11 wickets.
Cottrell recently made his ODI debut and has 28 scalps in 20 matches. The left-arm seamer is currently one of the best performers in this tournament and will be expected to give it his all and keep up with his form in this game as well.
Lasith Malinga vs Shai Hope
The old war horse needs no special introduction. Malinga has been a part of the Lankan side since the beginning of 2004. Going by the name of Slinga, he is regarded as one of the best ODI bowlers of all time.
Malinga’s Yorkers are the most feared and said to be unplayable at most times. With over 200 ODI games and 330 wickets, Malinga is still Sri Lanka’s go to bowler.
Hope is the new face of West Indies batting. The 25 year old is currently ranked 5th in ODI rankings.
With over 2400 runs in just 59 ODIs, hope has a batting average of 47. With 2 half-centuries in this tournament, the Barbados born has got to good starts but has failed to convert.
The West Indies poster boy had a lot of hopes attached to his before the start of the World Cup. However, Shai Hope has had a mix run in this WC with a few good knocks and a few upsetting ones.
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The knocked out teams will now battle it out for their integrity and to prove a final stand in this tournament.
With the upsetting run and current form, this match could go either ways. However, team Cricwizz predicts that Sri Lanka will clinch this match. The match will be played in Chester-le-Street, which has a pitch that favours the fast bowlers.
The West Indies Fast bowlers are expected to trouble the Lankan batsmen and restrict them to a low total, if batting first.