World Cup WI vs SL T20: The West Indies will keep their bleak hopes against Sri Lanka

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World Cup WI vs SL T20: West Indies aim for survival as Sri Lanka looks to sign on high

The defending champions of the West Indies will have to overcome their batting weaknesses and record a big win against Sri Lanka in Thursday’s game against Sri Lanka if they are to keep alive their bleak hopes of reaching the T20 World Cup semi-finals. After losing the first two games, the West Indies kept their hopes alive with a close three-run victory against Bangladesh.

The two-time champion’s chances of reaching the semi-finals are bleak, but he still cannot be ruled out of the race. Not only will they have to win the next two matches to reach the semi-finals, but they will also have to win matches by a large margin to improve their net run rate. Apart from this, you will also have to pray for their favorable results in other matches.

If the West Indies win both of their matches and England beat South Africa, then all three teams can have the same six points, and in this case the net run rate will be very important. England have almost secured their place in the Group One semi-finals.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka, the 2014 champion, has lost its last three matches and is out of the running for the semi-finals. Now you can only score four points at most, which is not enough to keep you going. If the West Indies were able to record a win against Bangladesh, credit goes to their off-roaders Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder and Andre Russell, who shot well in the death overs. Their pitchers showed that they are capable of defending a good score. But the West Indies’ biggest concern is their hitting.

His hitters haven’t performed consistently. If Nicholas Pooran hadn’t scored 40 runs on 22 balls against Bangladesh, the West Indies would have lost that match too. Their hitters will now have to enter the field better prepared to face Sri Lankan spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Mahish Teeksha. Sri Lankan pacemakers Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chamira and Lahiru Kumara were unable to walk against England. You need to bowl in the right places.

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Sri Lankan hitters will also have to get off to a good start. At least six of their hitters got off to a good start against England but couldn’t turn them into big scores. Starter Kusal Perera may have missed in the last game, but the Caribbean bowlers will have to watch out for him. The roles of Pathum Nisanka and Bhanuka Rajapakse will also be important.

The team is also expected to do well when hitting from Hasranga. Captain Dasun Shanaka will also look forward to good tackles from Charit Aslanka and veteran Avishka Fernando, who played a key role in the team’s victory in the opener.

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The teams are as follows:

Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nisanka, Charit Aslanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chamira, Lahiru Kumara A., Mahishday Binura A.

West Indies: Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Jason Holder, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.

The match will start at 7.30pm Indian time.

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