Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 2nd ODI Match Prediction2020-02-27
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Windies will aim to dominate the Sri Lankans and level the series 1-1!
We are expecting West Indies to win!
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Sri Lanka won the first ODI in what was presumed as a contest likely to wind up in the Windies’ favor. Although the victory was by a margin of one wicket, it would have certainly elevated the spirits of the hosts as they will now eye to grapple a win in the second one-dayer and take hold of the 3-match series. The likes of Avishka Fernando (50), Dimuth Karunaratne (52), Kusal Perera (42) and Wanindu Hasaranga (42) played crucial roles behind Sri Lanka’s nerve-wracking victory in the last outing and will be hoping to render a similar exhibition in the must-win duel.
Meanwhile, West Indies would be unfortunate to have missed out on an easy win and will deploy whatever measures necessary in leveling the series at Hambantota. Shai Hope (115) was at his lethal best, and will once again don the role of an anchorman for Windies.
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The opening duo of Avishka Fernando (50 and Dimuth Karunaratne (52) set the platform for Sri Lanka in the last outing. The right-hand left-hand combination worked brilliantly for the hosts and will be expected to emulate their show at Hambantota. Southpaw Kusal Perera (42) exhibited a decent knock and along with Fernando and Karunaratne eased the chase for the hosts.
Kusal Mendis was the sole exception in the top-four batsmen who couldn’t capitalize much to his tally and with an experienced Angelo Mathews will look to forge a winning partnership. Coming in at No 7, all-rounder Thisara Perera upped the scoring rate with his hard-hitting shots across the park and scored a 22-ball 32, while his fellow middle-order player Wanindu Hasaranga (42) played the role of a finisher and helped Sri Lanka take a 1-0 lead over Kieron Pollard & Co.
Bowling wise, Isuru Udana (3/80) scalped the top and middle-order batsmen, with contributions from pacer Nuwan Pradeep (1/42) and Thisara Perera (1/40). Hasaranga (0/47) was economical with his leg-breaks and will look to unleash the same in the coming duel.
Thisara Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Angelo Mathews, Wanidu Hasaranga
Shai Hope came up with another top-notch performance in the last match as he top-scored for Windies with 115 off 140 deliveries comprising a tally of 10-fours. He will carry the onus of scoring the bulk of runs for Windies along with Darren Bravo and Roston Chase as they too came up with impressive knocks of 39 and 41 respectively in the previous outing.
Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard failed to stitch crucial innings in the middle-order which could have possibly added extra 30 runs on board. Nevertheless, one could still expect them to bounce back in the coming game. Keemo Paul scored a quickfire 17-ball 32 and grabbed 2/48 in the recently concluded match and will be backing himself to simulate a similar performance in the much-coveted bout. Pacers Alzarri Joseph (3/42) and Sheldon Cottrell (0/44) bowled decently in their allotted overs and with spinner Hayden Walsh, the trio can be banked to tear the rival batting lineup at Hambantota.
Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris , Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Fabian Allen, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||26||0 mm.||7.3 k/h||From: NE||65%|
|03h||27||0 mm.||7.58 k/h||From: NE||73%|
|06h||28||0 mm.||8.63 k/h||From: E||52%|
|09h||28||0 mm.||10.61 k/h||From: E||0%|
|12h||28||0 mm.||11.07 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|15h||28||0 mm.||9.45 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|18h||27||0 mm.||8.93 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|21h||26||0 mm.||8.02 k/h||From: NE||56%|
It would be a mostly clear day at Hambantota with partial cloud cover at regular intervals. No chances of rain are being anticipated. The temperature would be hovering between 27-31 degrees Celsius. Complete 50-overs of play from both the innings can be expected. All in all, excellent conditions for a game of cricket.
With the current set of conditions prevalent, one can expect 270-280 as a par total on this venue. Both batters and bowlers will have 50-50 control over the wicket in the coming game.
The toss winning team should look to bowl first on this occasion. Both the teams are potent with clear hitters and would find it easier to clear the ropes once the dew factor coming into the play at the later stages.
One can certainly anticipate this to be a neck and neck game, but the result is likely to wind up in the West Indies’ favor. They did put up an impressive show, be it batting wise or bowling wise and will be expecting an all-round effort to turn the tide in their favor and level the much-coveted series.
We are expecting West Indies to win!
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