Date & Time: Monday, July 01, 15:00 IST
Venue: Riverside Ground,Chester-le-Street, England
The first dead rubber of the World Cup
The World Cup has intensified, as it moves into the business end, where every result will have an effect on teams which have a chance to finish in Top 4. But the contest on Monday between West Indies and Sri Lanka has nothing to do with it as both teams are out of contention from Top 4. It’s basically the first dead rubber of the tournament, but there will be a lot on the minds of both the teams to not to finish on a low as they play for pride.
West Indies is likely to stick with the same playing XI that played against India. On the other side, Sri Lanka might consider bringing in Milinda Siriwardena in place Jeevan Mendis.
Chester-le-street had a good sporting surface in the last game and it might be the same scenario for Monday’s clash as well. The forecast is clear for the entire day with some periodic clouds.
He usually is a consistent batsman for the West Indies, but in the last few games he went through indifferent performances which were one of the reasons for Windies’ poor show. But on Monday, he has to come up with his best self in order to give something to cheer for the fans at the back end of the tournament.
He may have got his chance a touch too late in the tournament but he showed a lot of grit and confidence in the last two games compared to the other Sri Lankan batsmen. He got the team to good starts with his free-flowing strokes but now he has to convert those starts into something big to have a telling impact on the match.
He has been a consistent performer for West Indies in the tournament where he picked 11 wickets from seven matches. He will be crucial for the West Indies’ success against Sri Lanka, who struggled to cope with any sort of movement from the pacers. He is certainly a worthy pick for Dream11 cricket team in today’s match.
The Universe Boss has certainly not lived up to his fans’ expectations on him. Apart from a couple of handy knocks against Pakistan and New Zealand, he hasn’t set the stage on fire yet in the tournament. But on Monday he has a great opportunity to do so if he can see off Malinga’s spell, as he is the only Lankan bowler who has troubled him a bit.