Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 2nd T20I Match Prediction2020-03-07
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
West Indies will look to dominate Sri Lanka and seal a 2-0 triumph!
We are expecting West Indies to win!
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West Indies came up with a ripper of a show in the first T20I and now hold a 1-0 lead in the 2-match series. The victory would have rejuvenated their spirits following the clean-sweep in the ODIs and with the form of some of their players in the shortest format, they are likely to go as the favorites for the must-win encounter. Lendl Simmons (67*), Andre Russell (35), Kieron Pollard (34) and Oshane Thomas (5/28) rendered match-winning exhibitions which helped their side defend a target of 197 runs in the previous encounter.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has lost the chance of winning the series. However, they can level the series by a margin of 1-1, provided they put up a match-winning show in the coming game at Pallekele. Both batting and bowling didn’t go in the hosts’ favor which was the cause of their defeat in the last encounter. It would be interesting to see how Malinga & Co bounce back against an in-form Pollard’s men.
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Kusal Perera (66) was the highest run-getter for Sri Lanka in the concluded contest who kept the hosts in the chase till the last few overs. Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis were dismissed cheaply in the previous match and would be backing themselves to score the match-winning runs in the coming bout. Angelo Mathews, being an experienced campaigner in the shorter formats, need to take the onus of keeping the scoreboard ticking with singles and twos and occasional boundary hitting.
Skipper Lasith Malinga will be expected to put his experience of over 80 T20Is to good use in the must-win T20. His toe-crushing yorkers and swinging deliveries can wreak havoc if not dealt with care. Although Isuru Udana registered expensive figures, one can expect his cutters to do the damage to the right-handers. Spinners Wanindu Hasarana and Lakshan Sandakan had an off day at work in the last T20 and would be hoping to level up their bowling prowess in the next faceoff versus the Caribbeans.
Lahiru Kumara, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanidu Hasaranga, Angelo Mathews, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lasith Malinga
Lendl Simons (67*) and Brandon King (33) set the stage for the Windies in the first T20I and with showers affecting the smooth gameplay, the duo will be banked to go for the big hits from the moment they are onto the crease. Nicholas Pooran had a rare failure with the bat and will be looking to stay in the middle and get those textbook shots to display at Pallekele. With him and Andre Russell in terrific form with the bat and occupying No 3 and 4 spots respectively, it will be difficult for the Sri Lankan bowlers to rip through their batting lineup.
In the middle-order, all eyes would be on Skipper Kieron Pollard who whacked 15-ball 34 with 3 fours and 2 sixes in the last T20 and helped their side get past the 190-run mark. As far as bowling is concerned, pacer Oshane Thomas will be spearheading the attack for Windies and alongside swing specialist, Sheldon Cottrell will play a major role in affecting the breakthroughs in the powerplays and death overs. Dwayne Bravo’s yorker and pace variations can put the rivals’ scoring rate under a check and along with right-arm medium Rovman Powell, the duo will be the vital cogs while bowling in the middle-overs.
Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Rovman Powell, Sheldon Cottrell, LMP Simmons, Fabian Allen, Andre Russell
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||0.87 k/h||From: ESE||67%|
|03h||28||0 mm.||0.51 k/h||From: SW||47%|
|06h||34||0 mm.||1.79 k/h||From: W||32%|
|09h||32||0 mm.||1.43 k/h||From: WNW||84%|
|12h||26||0.94 mm.||2.08 k/h||From: SSW||87%|
|15h||23||0.63 mm.||0.75 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|18h||23||0.31 mm.||0.62 k/h||From: ENE||93%|
|21h||21||0 mm.||0.42 k/h||From: SE||38%|
Heavy showers are being anticipated prior to the commencement of the match and even during the first half. The match might get canceled if the outfield remains wet. Bowlers need to capitalize on the overcast conditions.
The wicket at Pallekele Stadium has generally been a batters paradise with 168 as the average first innings total. In fact, the first T20I gave a glimpse of how batter friendly conditions the pitch has to offer.
The toss winning team should look to bat first on this occasion. With the heavy showers first half and in the latter stages of the game, it is likely that match will be reduced by few overs for successful completion. Moreover, the teams batting first on this venue have won on 12 out of 21 occasions in the T20Is and a similar fate can be expected in the upcoming contest.
West Indies delivered to the potential in the first T20I and would certainly be the favorites for the must-win match as well. They are far superior in terms of destruction laying potency in the shortest format of the game and since the rains are likely to cause a reduced overs of play, one can bank on them to go berserk from the very moment in the middle.
We are expecting West Indies to win!
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