West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20 Match Prediction2021-03-09
Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua, West Indies
Man of the Match: Fabian Allen
Host West Indies eye series win agaisnt resurgent Sri Lanka
Expect West Indies to eke out a narrow win over Sri Lanka.
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Host West Indies will be looking to seal the T20I series when they face Sri Lanka in the third and final game at Antigua on Monday.
For West Indies, the experienced players will have to raise their game and deliver the goods with bat and ball in this series decider. Skipper Kieron Pollard will be hoping that the side can overcome Sri Lanka’s spin threat in this final game.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka completely outplayed West Indies in all three departments in the previous game. Skipper Angelo Matthews will be hoping that side can maintain their intensity and register their maiden T20I series win in the Caribbean.
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The home side might make one change to their playing XI for this final game of the series. Off-spinner Akeal Hosein might come in place of Fidel Edwards or Fabian Allen, who have looked ordinary with the ball this series.
For this game, the home side will be relying on the top-order trio of Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons and Chris Gayle to deliver the bulk of the runs.
In the previous game, Lendl Simmons once again showed excellent form and perished in the 7th over after scoring 21 runs off 19 balls. Besides Simmons, the middle-order completely crumbled against the spinners.
Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen and Obed McCoy produced double digit scores but it wasn’t enough as West Indies get bundled out for 117 runs in 18.4 overs.
In the bowling department, Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the bowlers and claimed 2 for 25 in his four overs. Besides Bravo, Jason Holder and Obed McCoy claimed one wicket apiece.
Obed McCoy, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Kevin Sinclair, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Chris Gayle
The Islanders managed to end their eight-match losing streak after registering a dominant 43-run win, courtesy excellent contributions from Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka and Wanindu Hasaranga.
In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on their in-form opening pair of Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka to deliver notable scores in this series finale.
In the 2nd T20I, openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka get the side off to an excellent start, courtesy 95-run partnership.
For Sri Lanka, Danushka Gunathilaka showed composure and excellent touch with the bat against West Indies bowler. Left-hander played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 56 runs off 42 balls with the help of four boundaries and two sixes. He was well supported by rookie Pathum Nissanka, who chipped in with splendid 37 off 23 balls with the help of four fours and one six.
Once Gunathilaka and Nissanka perished in quick succession, the likes of Angelo Matthews, Wanindu Hasaranga and Ashen Bandara delivered crucial runs to help Sri Lanka post a competitive score of 160 runs for the loss of six wickets in their 20 overs.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the spin trio of Akila Dhananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan and Wanindu Hasaranga to provide crucial breakthroughs in this contest.
In the previous game, the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga and Lakshan Sandakan bowled impressive spells and picked up three wickets apiece to help Sri Lanka level the T20I series.
Niroshan Dickwella, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Pathum Nissanka, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews, Ashen Bandara
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||21||0 mm.||2.99 k/h||From: NNE||11%|
|03h||17||0 mm.||3.2 k/h||From: NNE||4%|
|06h||15||0 mm.||3.41 k/h||From: N||11%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||3.14 k/h||From: N||9%|
|12h||14||0 mm.||3.1 k/h||From: N||8%|
|15h||20||0 mm.||4 k/h||From: NNE||16%|
|18h||24||0 mm.||4.27 k/h||From: NNE||51%|
|21h||24||0 mm.||4.75 k/h||From: NNE||99%|
With partly cloudy skies expected for Monday’s game, the surface will certainly assist the spinners. The batsmen will have to spend some time at the crease to produce big scores.
The Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua is host the series decider between West Indies and Sri Lanka.
The Islanders have not won a T20I series since September 2019, while West Indies have also struggled to register victories during this period.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bat first. Average first innings at Antigua is around 140 to 145 runs.
Based on current form and home advantage, West Indies will be favorites to win this series decider against Sri Lanka. Given their dismal outing with the bat, the home side will be keen to bring their best cricket to the fore.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will have excellent opportunity to upstage West Indies if they bat well and post a competitive score on the board.
Expect West Indies to eke out a narrow win over Sri Lanka.
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