About the Match
After winning the test series 2-0
against visitors West Indies, Sri Lanka will be eager to consolidate its ranking with a series win the upcoming ODI series, with the first ODI scheduled to be held at Colombo on 1st Nov. The hosts are flying high with the recent test win and will definitely come out all guns blazing to keep their winning momentum going; on the other hand, the Windies will look to improve their performance in the shorter form of the game and try to bounce back here. The islanders will put up an exciting show for their fans with fireworks across the park; it needs to be seen if West Indies are able to up the ante and give a challenging contest on Sunday.
Angelo Mathews will lead the side which has batsmen like Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who can get the big runs on board. Youngsters Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya and Dushmantha Chameera will be eager to showcase their talent and stabilize the Lankan batting line-up.
Lasith Malinga has immense experience with his wicket-taking skills while Nuwan Kulasekara has proved time and again to be a vital asset to the team. Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake, Milinda Siriwardana, who was handed the player of the match award in the 2nd test, and Ajantha Mendis will come out with all their firepower to outwit the opponents and give their team a distinct advantage on home turf.
Overall, the team has solid batsmen and bowlers, who are in good form and will definitely come out all guns blazing in the upcoming one day match.
Jason Holder has been good with the ball but his batting has not been up to the expectations; with players like Darren Bravo, who scored 61 runs in the 2nd test and Brathwaite, who played a useful hand, the batting line-up can show some fight if the youngsters step up to their responsibilities.
Jermaine Blackwood, Marlon Samuels, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Johnson Charles, Jonathan Carter and Devendra Bishoo need to click with the bat if they want to build a strong foundation against the Lankan bowlers. The bowling department will have in-form players like Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor, Russell, Bishoo and Jason Mohammad, who can bring in their different skills to stifle the hosts.
If the batsmen can play with consistency and try to put up a competitive total while batting first, they can surely defend well. If chasing, they must try to keep their wickets intact and avoid any careless mistakes. Overall, the team has the resources to make a comeback in the upcoming one-day series; they need to stay positive and have the determination to put up a tough fight on the field.
The contest will be a good opportunity for the youngsters to prove their mettle here; while West Windies will put its best foot forward, we feel that Sri Lanka will emerge victorious in the upcoming match on Sunday