Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Sri Lanka v West Indies 1st T20I
The 1st match of the two-match T20I series between Sri Lanka and West Indies will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.
After Sri Lanka bossed in their home conditions and West Indies were found way short of the mark as they were clean swept in the ODIs, it is now time for Windies' most preferred format - the T20s.
The spotlight will be on star all-rounder Andre Russell who has been recalled to West Indies’ T20 International squad. Russell hasn’t played for the Caribbean side since being ruled out of the 50-over World Cup midway in June 2019.
Tearaway Oshane Thomas, who recently survived a car accident, has been picked to give an edge to the side. Wicket-keeper-batsman Shai Hope, who was being considered for only the 50-over format, has also been given a look-in in the T20Is.
Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen and left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who completed a fitness assessment and reached the minimum required standard for selection, will also return to bolster the team.
Thisara Perera, after missing the T20I series against India, is back in the Sri Lankan squad in T20Is. Veterans Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews continue to be available.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
West Indies - Kieron Pollard (c), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams
Sri Lanka- Lasith Malinga (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
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win the toss? - West Indies
Who will win? – West Indies
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies), Avishka Fernando (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 – Shimron Hetmyer
Team Scores Batting first – West Indies 190+, Sri Lanka 170+
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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