About the Match
The hosts were jolted by India as the venue shifted from Sabina Park to Port of Spain. Now they meet Sri Lanka at the same venue they played against India on 7th July 2013. They had a horror day against India and apart from opening their eyes, it certainly has opened up the points table. Now, every team has the chances to qualify for the finals and a lot will be decided by this game. A win for West Indies would take them into the finals whereas a win for Sri Lanka would open the table even further and the finalists will be decided after the game. In a crucial game, both teams would be fighting for one aim that it to get to the finals and I expect it be an engrossing game.
After winning the first two games quite comfortably, they faced a massive loss against India which made the things tight in the points table. West Indies has been doing things pretty well and their bowling played a vital role both of their victories. Their batting has struggled as no one except Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles has got good scores. Chris Gayle has now gotten out to Bhuwneshwar Kumar twice in two games and he’d love to get his form back at Port of Spain. Their batting is full of powerhouses who can demolish any bowling attack on any day. With Kieren Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy in the middle and late order, they have a pretty decent team with plenty of bowling options. Beating West Indies at their home is certainly a daunting task of any side.
The newly found opening pair of Sri Lanka made Indian bowlers to look like minnows. As he has proved time and again, Jayawardene is a class act and he can be dangerous man after he gets going. Tharanga is looking in fine touch after his comeback game. The abilities and experience of Kumar Sangakkara is well-known and he can clobber the ball a mile as well. Sri Lanka seems to have a perfect blend of youth and experience. With Malinga and Mendis, their bowling is a threat, especially to the players of non-subcontinent countries. Sri Lanka seems to be peaking just at the right time and if they can repeat their batting performance of the other day, stopping them is going to be difficult.
One team is coming from a big loss and other after enjoying a colossal victory. They have one thing in common though; they both played their last game against India. Sri Lankan batsmen are enjoying West Indies’ conditions and a big win would take them into the finals. The hosts, on the other hand, have a strong team on paper with players with big hitting abilities. Can the Caribbean men perform to their abilities on paper to beat Sri Lanka? They have a strong team and that last loss should have given them a wakeup warning. Home conditions would be helpful as well. I think Caribbean men would win this game and become the first team of the tournament to reach the finals.
West Indies @ 1.80 William Hill
Opening pairs of both the teams are in terrific form. On one side we have stable opening pair of Mahela and Tharanga while on the other side we see the flamboyance of Gayle and Charles. With Gayle and Charles opening the batting, scoring rate always soars and I expect West Indies to score more than Sri Lanka in first 15 Overs.
Team to Make Highest First 15 Overs Score:
West Indies @ 1.73 William Hill