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West Indies tour of Sri Lanka 2020: Preview, Match Schedule, Team Squads and Series Predictions

West Indies tour of Sri Lanka 2020
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All you need to know about the West Indies tour of Sri Lanka 2020 comprising 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is which will be played from February 22 to March 6.

The biggest talking point of the West Indies squad is the axing of Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis, two of their regular features in the XI, 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. Oshada Fernando is also suffering from a hand injury and has been ruled out of the squad.

Blokes coming into the squad are seasoned all-rounder Thisara Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. Isuru Udana, who suffered a back injury on the tour of India, has also made full recovery and is back in the squad.

Both West Indies and Sri Lanka have commanded a place among the top international teams for a substantial period. Unfortunately, they are no longer in the same league and have a look at BetMGM for the best odds on who will win the series.

Sri Lanka are at the 8th spot in the ICC ODI rankings while West Indies are just below them. In T20Is as well, the scenario is not different with Sri Lanka at the 8th place and West Indies at the 10th spot.

Having said that, West Indies are actually the defending champions in the T20 format and won the last T20 World Cup in 2016 held in India and with Draftkings promo code you could get good odds on them.

West Indies last played an ODI series against Ireland which they won by 3-0. The T20I series was then tied at 1-1 with the second game being abandoned. Prior to that, the team gave India a tough fight but lost both the ODI and T20 series 2-1.

Sri Lanka last completed in the ODI format against Pakistan. A series which they lost by 2-0. However, they clean swept the hosts despite playing with their second rung XI. After getting whitewashed 3-0 by Australia in October-November, the team suffered another 2-0 defeat against India.

West Indies look the stronger team on paper and are expected to win all of the five matches.

 

Series Predictions

 

T20Is

Winner -  West Indies (2-0)

Top Run Scorer -  Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Dimith Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)

Top Wicket Taker - Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

Most Sixes - Nicholas Pooran (West Indies), Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka)

ODIs

 Winner -  West Indies (2-1)

Top Run Scorer -  Shai Hope (West Indies), Avishka Fernando (Sri Lanka)

Top Wicket Taker - Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies), Lakshan Sandakan (Sri Lanka)

Most Sixes - Nicholas Pooran (West Indies), Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka)

Here are 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

 

Here's the complete schedule of the series:

West Indies tour of Sri Lanka, 2020

Feb 22 Sri Lanka v West Indies 1st ODI Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo 4:15 AM

Feb 26 Sri Lanka v West Indies 2nd ODI Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium, Hambantota 8:30 AM

Mar 01 Sri Lanka v West Indies 3rd ODI Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele 8:30 AM

Mar 04 Sri Lanka v West Indies, 1st T20I Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele 1:30 PM

Mar 06 Sri Lanka v West Indies, 2nd T20I Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele 1:30 PM

 

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