The T20 series was a sea saw battle but West Indies have been clinical in the ODI series. With two back to back wins, they have already taken an unassailable lead and will eye a clean sweep when they take on Sri Lanka in the third ODI on Sunday.
The visitors have been poor, to say the least. Neither their batting nor their bowling has been able to put any sort of pressure on the West Indians. Danushka Gunathilaka has been their most consistent batsmen. They’ll be happy to see some runs from Dinesh Chandimal as well but if you’re to win a series against a strong opposition, all your players need to contribute, which has not been the case with Sri Lanka. As a bowling unit, the visitors rely on their spinners but the flat wickets have sucked the venom out of their bowling.
The hosts, on the other hand, have been absolutely brilliant. They’ve never been short on quality, it’s just their style of play that sometimes gets them into trouble. If they can work on their consistency, they are good enough to beat the best sides in the world. The openers, Shai Hope and Ewin Lewis have enjoyed the gentle Sri Lankan bowling. They added 143 runs for the opening wicket in the first ODI and backed it up with a 192 run partnership in the next game. Both have a century and a fifty against their name in the two matches. Other players like Darren Bravo, Nicolas Pooran have got some decent batting practice as well. The bowlers too have been very consistent and haven’t allowed Sri Lanka off the hook.
In the third ODI, West Indies and not competing with Sri Lanka, they are competing with their own temperament. They just need to believe that they can consistently play the way they are playing and they’ll be home. They’ll beat Sri Lanka any day on talent.
Probable XI West Indies
Ewin Lewis, Shai Hope(wk), Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard©, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein
Probable XI Sri Lanka
Danushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne©, Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Oshada Fernando, Ashen Bandara, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep