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by Alastair Symondson & Cricket World Friday 21 February 2020
Sri Lanka and West Indies have faced each other in a total of 58 ODIs and the record is pretty even stevens. While Sri Lanka have won 27, West Indies have won 28. 13 matches have ended without any result.
Out of the 15 ODIs played between the two teams in Sri Lanka, the hosts have a better record with 10 victories as opposed to three wins by West Indies.
West Indies dropped bombshells by dropping Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis from their squad after the duo failed to clear the fitness test. All-rounder Darren Bravo, who has come out of retirement, finds himself back in the squad along with Rovman Powell and Fabian Allen.
For Sri Lanka, Danushka Gunathilaka will miss the series due to a back injury. All-rounder Thisara Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella are back in the mix.
Isuru Udana, who suffered a back injury on the tour of India, has also made full recovery and is back in the squad. Oshada Fernando is suffering from a hand injury and has been ruled out.
While West Indies are coming off a series win against Ireland, Sri Lanka lost both of their last two white-ball assignments against Australia and India. The visitors will thus have an edge to begin with.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
West Indies - Kieron Pollard (c), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jnr
Sri Lanka - Dimith Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara
Who will win the toss? - West Indies
Who will win? – West Indies
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shai Hope (West Indies), Dimith Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies), Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)
Most Sixes – Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka)
Player of the Match – Shai Hope
Team Scores Batting first – West Indies 280+, Sri Lanka 250+
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