Date & Time: Monday, 1st July, 3:00 PM IST
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-Le-Street
Even if the West Indies have been knocked out of the tournament, they will look forward to retiring with a bang. Sri Lanka was instrumental in upsetting England and is still expected to play with confidence. The 39th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 is being played today, the 1st of July 2019 at 3:00 PM IST at the Riverside Ground Chester-Le-Street.
Till the end of match 38, Sri Lanka managed to stay in the fray due to their extraordinary display of game and skill against England. Other than that, the team has two washed off matches against some powerful teams, which, by default, gave them the 2 points that they require. Besides, this one win, their performance has not been all that scintillating. Nuwan Pradeep developed chickenpox and had to be sent home. Kasun Rajitha is set to replace him. While Jeevan Mendis is not particularly deft with either the bat nor with the ball, he might still be considered for the middle order along with Milinda Siriwardana.
Probable Playing XI
Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis/ Milinda Siriwardana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.
With only some glimpses of genius, the West Indies batting has not been very attractive. Their last match against India was dismal when they lost with a whopping margin of 125 runs. Oshane Thomas may get his much-awaited break in this match. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse along with left-arm orthodox Fabien Allen are both being considered to join the spinners’ gallery. Sunil Ambris might continue replacing an injured Ewin Lewis.
Probable Playing XI
Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabien Allen, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
The surface is slow for the batsmen and yet good – or that’s what we saw in Friday’s match Sri Lanka vs. Australia. The sun and warm temperatures have hardened the pitch further. If it is drier than Friday, then the spinners will have to perform.
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