About the Match
Sri Lanka snatched victory from West Indies in the first one-day match by 1 wicket through the D/L method to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series; they will play each other in the 2nd ODI at Colombo on 4th November. The hosts were saved from defeat as they made a comeback into the chase for 163 runs in a last-minute effort to win the match; with the contest reduced to 26 overs each side, West Indies displayed great skills in restricting Sri Lanka with their spin attack but the hosts emerged victorious in an exciting finish. The upcoming match will be quite an entertaining contest as the visitors are expected to come back stronger to draw level; Sri Lanka will need to come out all guns blazing if they want to seal a series win on Wednesday.
Except for Dilshan, who scored 59 runs during the chase in the first ODI, the others crumbled under pressure and it was the tail which saved the day. Mendis and Lakmal combined their skills with the bat to take the team home safely to a win by 1 wicket in a thrilling contest between the bowlers.
Batsmen like Kusal Perera, Mathews, Thirimanne and debutant Gunathilaka were outsmarted by the Windies bowlers and at one stage it looked like the hosts would suffer a loss; they need to pull up their socks and put up a tougher challenge to the opposition.
Lakmal did well by taking 3-15 in his 5-over spell and got support from Mendis who claimed 2 wickets to restrict West Indies to 159 runs in 26 overs; others like Jayasuriya and Mathews provided some variety to outwit the opponents. Overall, they have received a morale boost with the recent victory and will try to continue with their winning momentum; however, they should come out all guns blazing against a stiff bowling attack that consists of experts like Narine, who was successful in giving them a scare.
Darren Bravo and Andre Russell combined to put up a 58-run stand for the 5th wicket when others in the batting line-up failed to impress with their skills. Holder and Ramdin contributed together with 29 runs to put up 159 runs in 26 overs against the hosts in the first ODI.
Bowlers Narine, who took an impressive 3-21 in 6 overs, proved to be lethal against the opposition; he will be vital for the visitors in the upcoming match too. Brathwaite, Carter and Taylor have also been instrumental in providing regular breakthroughs and together with other bowlers, the Windies can put up a stiff challenge on Wednesday.
The batsmen in the top order must focus on providing a stable foundation if batting first or during chase; if they can come on the field with a positive attitude, the team definitely has the resources to draw level in the series.
Although Sri Lanka has the upper hand going into the second match of the series, West Indies look determined in their body language to fight harder in the next game. The contest could swing either way but we feel that the hosts will go that extra mile to win the match on Wednesday.