West Indies vs. Sri Lanka 2021
2nd ODI – Fri, 12th March
West Indies Sailing:
The gallantry of a Shai Hope hundred, West Indies rendered light work of the Lankan bowlers, who needed the same directness they showed in the T20I series. The Windies will hope for more of the equation as they try to assemble a rock-solid squad for the next ICC Cricket World Cup.
Led by Kieron Pollard, West Indies have a well-composed team, although they would preferably expect more from Alzarri Joseph and Nicholas Pooran with ball and bat, respectively. West Indies’ bowlers put up a decent performance with the ball as Allen, Holder, Joseph, Pollard, and Jason Mohammad all took wickets. They will start this game as the obvious favourites. Nevertheless, they will be cautious of what the visitors are proficient of in the white-ball format.
Possible playing XI: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Mohammed, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (c), Akeal Hosein, and Alzarri Joseph.
Lankans to Rebound?
With Dimuth Karunaratne and Wanindu Hasaranga’s likes to make for their no-show in the last game, another exciting game of cricket summons on Friday. Though Danushka Gunathilaka’s wicket debate didn’t aid them, superior performance is in order from the visitors in this game.
Sri Lanka must be disheartened as their middle order couldn’t exploit the platform which their openers established, and, in this game, they need to bounce back with a much-enhanced show. The likes of Mathews, Gunathikala, Karunaratne, Hasaranga will be key players for them.
Possible playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Pathum Nissanka, Ashen Bandara, Angelo Mathews, Lakshan Sandakan, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kamindu Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, and Nuwan Pradeep.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The second ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium will witness Sri Lanka lock horns with West Indies on Friday.
The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium’s wicket is a suitable one to bat on, with some support presented for the bowlers.
Although there must be a swing on bid early on, the batters should relish the ball coming onto the bat. The spin bowlers will come into play in the middle overs, which would make for a fair competition between bat and ball.
Both sides will look to bat first upon winning the toss, with 255 being a modest total given the circumstances.
The Caribbean’s were entirely on the money in the first ODI as they brushed aside the Sri Lankans. The home team is undoubtedly the favourites before entering the game. Owing to their recent form, new captaincy by Pollard and the favoured home conditions make them the perfect choices at the odds of 1.37. At the same time, the Lankans are at 2.90.
However, Sri Lanka holds enough potent to upset these odds. Players like Matthews, Chandimal, Karunaratne, and Hasaranga are experienced campaigners who can change game dynamics. Thus, we reckon being wise at placing bets at the pre-match phase.