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When it comes to the shortest format of the game, not many sides are as skillful and varied as West Indies. However, they are still very underrated largely because of their performances in the other formats of the game. West Indies started off their T20I campaign on a solid note as they registered a big loss against Sri Lanka.
This series between West Indies and Sri Lanka is short and things can change pretty quickly. Up next, Sri Lanka will be hoping to bounce back with a win in the upcoming contest whereas West Indies will be looking to seal the series then and there. The second match of the series is to be played at Coolidge on 6th March 2021.
With an aggressive set of batsmen and bowlers who are all clever and skillful, planning against West Indies can be a daunting task. It proved to be the same for Sri Lanka as well in the opening game. While the win may not seem as big as it was by looking at the scoreboard, West Indies were clearly dominant throughout the game.
Chasing a total of 131, the likes of Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis adopted the fifth gear right from the very first ball. Even though the strategy of playing Chris Gayle at number three didn't work, his availability in the middle will always be a big plus for the Caribbean men. At the end of the day, Windies won the match with considerable ease, thanks to the momentum they got at the top. However, their reckless batting style could have backfired if they had a little higher total to chase down. They'll need to be wary of that in the second match.
On paper, West Indies have pretty much all bases covered. Three of the eight batsmen that got to bat in the first match were dismissed for zero and that is something they'll be concerned about. Having said that, it was because of just the way West Indies play. They are clearly heavy on batting strength and if their bowlers are able to contribute yet again, West Indies will sail through.
LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, F Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Kevin Sinclair, Obed McCoy, FH Edwards.
Sri Lanka are going through a rebuilding phase that now seems to be going on forever. It's been a few years since Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara retired, but Sri Lanka haven't really settled thereafter. They were often found short with batting on most occasions and it wasn't any different in the first match of the series as well.
With the likes of Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, and Pathum Nissanka available at the top, there is clearly no death of talent in Sri Lanka. Gunathilaka was the top-scorer in the LPL 2020 and Dickwella can smash the ball as hard as any in the game. However, consistency has been an issue with them and that will be their main worry going forward. The presence of Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews adds the much-needed calmness to the team that otherwise looks to be pretty inexperienced.
For Sri Lanka to do well in the upcoming match, their batsmen will have to fire. Realistically, there might be no other way for Sri Lanka to bounce back in the series considering the lineups the two sides have. They certainly have the firepower available and if they can execute their plans, West Indies will have their work cut out.
Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashen Bandara, Thisara Perera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, PVD Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan.
Given the way things panned out in the first match, there's clearly a steep difference between the two sides. While West Indies appear to be prepared and a team with a plan, Sri Lanka looks to be clueless at the moment. Having said that, West Indies is a team that will give you chances and Sri Lanka will have to grab those to level the series. Considering the overall picture, West Indies are a better side on all accounts and have the home advantage. For those reasons, betting on their win should be the way to go here.
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