Sri Lanka vs. West Indies
|Date & Time||Monday July 1, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
Sri Lanka 2.75 West Indies 1.50
Sri Lanka face West Indies in Durham on Monday. Sri Lanka still have a slight chance of qualifying for the semi-finals but West Indies’ chances of making the last four are over.
West Indies were thrashed by India in their last match which ended their tournament hopes. They looked to have done a good job initially with the ball but were expensive in the death overs. Jason Holder claimed figures of 2/33 from ten overs. His spell also included two maidens and the wicket of India’s captain Virat Kohli. Kemar Roach was also excellent with the ball and finished with 3/36.
Once again, it was the West Indies batsmen that let them down. They are a team known for their big-hitters but they have not shown it in this year’s World Cup. West Indies were chasing 268/7 but were bowled out for just 143 after 34.2 overs. Sunil Ambris top scored with 31 from 40. The middle order pair of Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer tried to steady the innings but India’s bowlers were too much to handle.
Sri Lanka will be looking to build on their wins over Afghanistan and most recently England. They played brilliantly against the hosts and proved that they can perform against the top sides in the competition.
Veteran paceman Lasith Malinga has been their stand out performer. The 35-year-old – playing in his final World Cup – has been lethal throughout. He picked up figures of 4/43 against England and made some of their best batsmen look very average. He also bowled well against Afghanistan, claiming 3/39 and rolling back the years with some tasty yorkers. He will be key to Sri Lanka’s chances against West Indies.
Sri Lanka’s bowlers have done well at this year’s World Cup but their batting has been below par. They are yet to score over 250 with the bat. Their highest total (247) came against Australia but it wasn’t enough to win them the match.
West Indies have only picked up one win at the tournament so far. Their sole victory came back in their first match when they thrashed Pakistan. Spirits must have been high in the West Indies camp after their near perfect start but they have since lost five matches. Their only other point came as their match against South Africa was abandoned due to rain.
Sri Lanka have had two matches abandoned so far due to the classic English summer weather. This means they took a point away from their matches with Bangladesh and Pakistan; matches that they could well have lost. They will be quietly happy that the weather helped them out and that they are still in the competition.
With the West Indies already eliminated from the tournament, I see Sri Lanka giving it their all and claiming the victory on Monday.