Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 1st T20 Match Prediction2020-03-05
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
West Indies will look to draw the first blood in the 3-match T20Is!
We are backing West Indies to win!
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Following a 3-0 whitewash over Windies in the ODIs, Sri Lanka will play hard to render a similar show in the 2-match T20Is, the first of which will be played on March 4 at Pallekele. The hosts were the underdogs in the 50-over format and yet they managed to outwit Pollard’s XI who had players of the likes of Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Alzarri Joseph in the armory.
West Indies, on the other hand, would be looking to avoid committing the same mistakes that they did in the one-dayers. In the T20Is, they are a completely different side that is capable of decimating the toughest of the rivals on any given day without breaking a sweat. The two-time T20 World Cup champions might have lost the ODIs but will surely be a force to reckon with in the shortest format.
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Batting wise, the duo of Avishka Fernando and Kusal Perera will hold the key in the powerplays. Both came up with mind-boggling exhibitions in the ODIs and would be backed to dominate the Caribbeans with their stupendous batting prowess. Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwell will form a deadly right-hand left-hand combination which could be hard to break for the Windies if the duo set themselves on to the crease. They too had a decent run with the bat in the lately finished ODIs and with aggressive all-rounder Isuru Udana alongside, the trio will form the core of Sri Lanka’s middle-order in the coming game at Pallekele.
In the bowling department, Lasith Malinga will be the go-to man in the slog overs. The Sri Lankan legend has been a part of 82 T20Is wherein he has grabbed 106 wickets at an average of 20.2. Wanindu Hasaranga was awarded the Man of the Series for his top-notch exhibitions with the ball in the concluded ODIs and with Dasun Shanka accompanying him in the middle-overs, the duo will look to make the most of the turning tracks offered. Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha’s pace potency can offer annoyance to the opposition if not attacked early on.
Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Angelo Mathews, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga
The Caribbeans boast of having some of the finest T20 cricketers capable of hitting the ball out of the park from the very moment on the crease. Lendl Simmons has been a clean striker of the ball and would be looking to tear through the opposition in the powerplays. Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer’s swashbuckling ability in the middle-order is something the hosts would fear in the coming duel. Both scored heavily in the matches against India, with Pooran scoring consistently with 30+ knocks in the one-dayers.
Shai Hope was the star performer for Windies in the ODIs with 238 runs in 3 innings at an average 79.33 and would be looking to render a similar show in the T20Is. Kieron Pollard, once set, can single-handedly whack 30-40 runs in a span of few overs which makes him a key player in the West Indies unit.
Bowling wise, pacers Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell would be expected to crack impressive numbers in the powerplays and death overs. Thomas with his pace and bounce, while Cottrell with his inswinging deliveries can wreak havoc amidst the cloud conditions prevalent at Pallekele. Spinners might get some turn and thus, Hayden Walsh Jr could be expected to affect the dismissals with his leg-breaks. Andre Russell’s bowling might pose as a partnership breaker and could come handy in the middle-overs.
Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Rovman Powell, LMP Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Andre Russell
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0 mm.||0.9 k/h||From: ESE||56%|
|03h||27||0 mm.||1.02 k/h||From: NW||96%|
|06h||34||0 mm.||2.47 k/h||From: N||67%|
|09h||36||0 mm.||2.83 k/h||From: NNE||14%|
|12h||32||0 mm.||3.12 k/h||From: ENE||10%|
|15h||22||0 mm.||0.76 k/h||From: S||100%|
|18h||21||0 mm.||1.1 k/h||From: ESE||99%|
|21h||20||0 mm.||0.95 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
Clouds will hover around the stadium during the mid-innings and in the second half throughout. The temperature would hover between 22-27 degrees Celsius. Fortunately, no chances of rain are being predicted and thus, one can expect 20-overs of play in both the innings.
The wicket at Pallekele Stadium is usually a batters paradise with 167 as the average first innings total. With the cloud cover, the bowlers would look to make the most of the swing and seam movement, while the batsmen should look to capitalize as early as possible.
The toss winning team should look to bat first on this occasion. In T20Is, 11 out of 20 matches played at this venue have been won by the team batting first. Moreover, the overcast conditions woud make it difficult for the batsmen to pick the delivery in the latter stages.
Although West Indies suffered a thumping defeat in the one-dayers, they would still go as the favorites for the first T20I at Pallekele. The tourists have a far lethal side in terms of batting prowess which can easily chase the totals set by Malinga’s men. Moreover, some of their players have been in a good nick in the T20s played since the last year and would look to continue their big-hitting in the coming duels.
We are backing West Indies to win!
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