Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2nd Match Prediction
- Sri Lanka will look to seal a series win with a game to spare against West Indies, after a thrilling chase at Colombo first up.
- Shai Hope's century had West Indies well set at 289/7 before Alazarri Joseph took 3-42 to put Sri Lanka in trouble in reply.
- Avishka Fernando and Dimuth Karunaratne had earlier both hit half-centuries, but it took Wandindu Hasaranga's 42* from 39 balls and a 27-run partnership for the ninth wicket for Sri Lanka to claim a one-wicket win with five balls to spare.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2nd ODI Match Prediction
Sri Lanka and West Indies continue their ODI series, with the hosts leading 1-0 going into this second game, when they meet at the MRIC Stadium, Hambantota. The match is scheduled to take place on February 26 and the live action starts at 14:00 local time.
West Indies looked on the brink of victory in the first game after Shai Hope’s 115 helped them posted 289/7 in Colombo and Alzarri Joseph’s 3-42 saw them hit back after Sri Lanka’s openers made a good start in reply.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Avishka Fernando both scored half-centuries and shared a 111-run opening partnership for Sri Lanka, but they were in trouble at 262/8 until Wanidu Hasaranga (42*) took charge to lead them over the line – a one-wicket win with five balls to spare.
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Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field first last time out, so West Indies may wish to do likewise in this second game.
Hambantota will be very humid but conditions should otherwise be sunny and clear.
The MRIC Stadium at Hambantota has been absent from international cricket for some time, but is generally a balanced wicket with some turn.
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
SL Team News
After victory in the opening game of this series, Sri Lanka could stick with the same winning XI for the second match after a generally good all-round performance. They will want more runs from their middle order this time, however – Angelo Mathews will be tasked with providing them.
SL Key Players
Dimuth Karunaratne: The Sri Lanka captain hit 52 in a 111-run opening partnership last time out to continue the good form he has showed since taking charge of the ODI team.
Kusal Perera: Scored 42 last time out but he remains a key figure with the bat in this Sri Lankan team as he prepares for his 100th ODI.
Thisara Perera: Capable of some big hitting down the order, as he proved with his 32 from 22 balls, he also bowled well to claim 1-40 and move to 172 wickets in 153 ODI innings.
SL Team Form
Sri Lanka lost both ODIs against Pakistan in October – bowled out for 238 in the first and failing to defend 297/9 in the second. They made a winning start to this series, however, thanks first to Dimuth Karunaratne and Avishka Fernando’s runs up the order and then Wandindu Hasaranga sealing the deal at the end.
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11
Avishka Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep
West Indies Team News & Playing 11
WI Team News
With no Evin Lewis in the squad, Sunil Ambris opened the batting last time out and will be keen for a second chance after falling short. Fabian Allen, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd and Brandon King were the four players overlooked, though West Indies should be in no hurry for wholesale changes.
WI Key Players
Shai Hope: Started the series by hitting the ninth ODI half-century of his career to lift his average in the format after 71 innings to 51.90.
Nicholas Pooran: Another to still average more than 50 in ODI cricket, which he has done while maintaining a strike rate of 110.09 so far too.
Alzarri Jospeh: Took 3-42 last time out and had West Indies in charge of the match, to continue the form he showed with his two four-wicket hauls against Ireland too.
WI Team Form
West Indies beat Ireland ahead of this series, with Alzarri Joseph’s bowling among the highlights, but they will have to come from behind if they are to win this series. Shai Hope scored a century and Joseph took three more wickets, but West Indies – defending 289/7 – slipped to a one-wicket defeat in the final over.
West Indies Predicted Playing 11
Shai Hope (wk), Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (c), Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Hayden Walsh Jr
SL vs WI Head to Head
Sri Lanka’s win in the first match of this series was their 27th in 58 previous ODI matches against West Indies, but West Indies still have the edge with 28 wins. Shai Hope’s century proved in vain in the latest match, as Wandindu Hasaranga scored late runs to seal a thrilling one-wicket win for Sri Lanka, while it was Nicholas Pooran who scored a century in vain when they met at the 2019 World Cup. He lifted West Indies to 315/9, but Avishka Fernando’s 104 in the first innings proved the difference as Sri Lanka won by 23 runs.
SL vs WI Head to Head Stats
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