Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Predictions: West Indies vs Sri Lanka 2021 - 1st Test
The 1st test of the two-match series between West Indies and Sri Lanka will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua in West Indies.
In the last five matches between the two teams, Sri Lanka have won 3 while West Indies have won one. The last encounter between the two sides saw Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 4 wickets.
Jermaine Blackwood is the top run-scorer for West Indies with 579 runs from his last 8 matches at an average of 38 and a strike rate of 58. Newly-appointed captain Kraigg Brathwaite has also made 427 runs at an average of 21.35 from his last 10 matches.
Rakheem Cornwall has been the best bowler for West Indies and has picked up 27 wickets from his last 5 matches while bowling at a strike rate of 63 and an economy rate of 2.92. Shannon Gabriel has also picked up 27 wickets from his last 9 matches.
West Indies have the advantage going into the series. Their bowlers are adept at finding purchase with the Dukes ball, and the team is coming on the back of a 2-0 win against Bangladesh away from home.
Among available players, Niroshan Dickwella is the top run-scorer for Sri Lanka with 425 runs from his last 8 matches at an average of 32 and a strike rate of 58.
Lasith Embuldeniya has been the best bowler for Sri Lanka and has picked up 33 wickets from his last 5 matches while bowling at a strike rate of 58 and an economy rate of 3.53. Vishwa Fernando has also picked up 12 wickets from his last 5 matches.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
West Indies - Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Darren Bravo/Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Joshua da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Rahkeem Cornwall, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Sri Lanka - Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win the toss? - West Indies
Who will win? – West Indies
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Kraigg Brathwaite (West Indies), Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kemar Roach (West Indies), Dushmantha Chameera (Sri Lanka)
Most Sixes – Jermaine Blackwood (West Indies), Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)
Player of the Match – Kemar Roach
Team Scores Batting first – West Indies 300+, Sri Lanka 275+
Match Handicap West Indies
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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