Date & Time: Wednesday, February 26, 14:30 IST
Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka on verge of a series victory as West Indies fight to stay in the series
Sri Lanka’s lower middle middle order came to the rescue in the 1st ODI as they won a nail-biting contest. The Sri Lankan top order gave a good start, but the middle order stumbled, however, it was Wanindu Hasaranga and Thisara Perera’s partnership for the seventh wicket that gave them a chance to stay alive. With an inspiring effort from both bowling and batting, Sri Lanka will now lookto seal the series.
As for West Indies, their batting heavy middle order quite diidn’t joint party. Shai Hope was again the star with the bat with a fascinating century. They lost five wickets for 68 runs before West Indies tail wagged helping them to post a total of 289. To stay alive in the series, West Indies need to bring out their “A” game.
With Thisara Perera’s bowling in the Powerplay having proved successful in the first ODI, Sri Lanka may stick with the same XI. West Indies are also expected to field the same XI
Sri Lanka Probable XI:
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep.
West Indies Probable XI:
Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Keemo Paul, Alzzari Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell.
The Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota has one of the best batting tracks in Sri Lanka. Since 2015 there has been four matches played at Hambantota in which three of the matches has seen a score of over 300 in the 1st innings. An average of 295 has been scored at this venue since 2015, teams chasing have won three of the four matches played since 2015.
Shai Hope has a PPM of 88.63 in the last three months with an MDTA of 1.33
Keemo Paul has a PPM of 68.17 in the last three months with an MDTA of 1.2
Avishka Fernando has an overall PPM of 41.3 with an MDTA of 2.06
Nicholas Pooran has a PPM of 62.86in the last three months with an MDTA of 1.75