In a dead-rubber on Monday, Sri Lanka and Windies aim to finish their forgettable ICC World Cup 2019 campaigns with a win under their belt at the Riverside Ground. Both teams have already been knocked out of the tournament due to critical losses against India and South Africa respectively and would love to restore some lost pride at the expense of the other.
While Sri Lanka did produce the upset of the tournament by defeating England. But, since then, they have failed to win the crunch moments with their batting unit heavily dependant on Kusal Perera. On the other hand, the Windies team are still reeling from the loss of their star allrounder Andre Russell, but they would love to make up for their losses on Monday.
Although there will be some turn on offer for the spinners at this venue, the pacers will get considerable assistance with the overcast conditions at the Riverside Ground. Batsmen should find it tough initially with the ball moving around in the first ten overs. Here are some of the predictions for the game:
After a disappointing loss against South Africa, Sri Lanka will be considering making some changes to their squad with Nuwan Pradeep and Jeffrey Vandersay warming the bench. Kusal Perera and Lasith Malinga have been impressive with bat and ball respectively with Avishka Fernando also had decent outing against England and South Africa. The bowling unit hasn’t been able to pick wickets regularly with Isuru Udana and Thisara Perera made them lose some games.
Probable XI: Kusal Perera (WK), Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Avisshka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal/Nuwan Pradeep and Jefferey Vandersay
No changes are expected from West Indies squad as Fabian Allen and Kemar Roach set to keep their places for this game as well. Sheldon Cottrell has been taking wickets at regular intervals with the likes of Oshane Thomas and Jason Holder also doing well. Chris Gayle and Shai Hope haven’t been consistent at the top of the order, but Nicolas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer have done a decent job till now.
Probable XI: Sunil Ambris, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (WK), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(C), Carlos Brathwaithe, Fabien Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach, and Oshane Thomas
Fantasy XI Prediction
Shimron Hetmyer, Kusal Perera, Chris Gayle, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Jason Holder, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Lasith Malinga, and Isuru Udana.