Date & Time: Saturday, February 22, 09:45 IST
Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, Sri Lanka
West Indies bowling in focus against a Misfiring Sri Lankan side
For Sri Lanka, after a deflating T20I series loss in India and an unconvincing Test series win over Zimbabwe to start the year, this series offers them a chance at testing themselves against a quality opposition but aided by familiar home comforts.
For the West Indies, it’s an opportunity to see if they can build on their impressive showing in India in December, when they went toe to toe with arguably the top limited-overs team in the world. Eventually, they came away on the wrong end of narrow 2-1 series defeats in both the ODIs and T20Is.
Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis failed the fitness test and have been ruled out of the ODI series. Darren Bravo is expected to make direct entry into the playing XI
Sri Lanka Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de SIlva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan/Lahiru Kumara.
West Indies Probable XI: Shai Hope (wk), Brandon King, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Keiron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul/ Alzarri Joseph, Hayden Walsh.
The last ODI match played here at the Sinhalese Sports Club was in 2017, which was the only match after the 2015 ODI world cup. In List-A at this venue since 2018, only 11 matches has been played and on an average 265 runs has been scored. Teams batting 1st have had the advantage here.
Hope has been West Indies go to batsman in the last couple of years. He has a PPM of 70.0 in the last three months with an MDTA of 1.5. He has scored runs at an average of 51.1 with seven centuries.His batting in Asian conditions is something extraordinary.
The youngster continues to grow in confidence series by series. In his short career he has an average of 52.5 and he has scored the runs at a good strike rate of 110.4. He has played only one inning against Sri Lanka and his only century in ODI also came in that innings. He has a PPM of 70.67 in the last three months with an MDTA of 1.5.
A lot rests on the experience of Mathews in the batting department. In the last few years he has scored over 1300 runs at an average of 55.0 and has two centuries to his name. He has an overall PPM of 55.78 with an MDTA of 1.79.
Cottrell has taken the lead of the bowling attack of West Indies for a while now. Since 2017 he has 42 wickets at a bowling average of 30.4 and balls/wkt ratio of 32.1. He has a PPM of 60.2 in the last three months with an MDTA of 1.25