About the Match
Women's World Cup is picking up speed and it will be the battle of the teams who are languishing at the bottom of the table. Sri Lanka takes on West Indies on 9th July 2017 at County Ground, Derby. While the qualification of both the teams is still possible mathematically, practically it is out of the equation. First both the teams would have to win all their matches and then wait for an array of results to go their way. One of the possibilities will no longer exist for one of these teams after this match and the other possibility is equally small. Still, the teams will fight it out for pride and register their first win of the tournament.
Things haven't exactly gone the way Sri Lankan fans would have wanted them to be. Their hopes are pinned on Chamari Atapattu who has been a lone warrior in the whole squad. Se single-handedly propelled Sri Lankan score to over 250 with a valiant 178 against a quality Aussie bowling attack.
Their bowling, however, has a different story. The bowlers have done particularly well, but their batswomen just haven't put up enough runs on the board in any of the matches. Sri Lanka would take inspiration from their decent record against the team for Caribbean islands. In the ODIs head to head, Sri Lanka has won 14 and lost 14 against West Indies.
Overall, Sri Lankans haven't done as good as they've wanted it to be, but there have been a few patches of brilliance. Chamari Atapattu's batting has been positive from the campaign and onus would rest on her to guide the team to victory through her batting.
Just like the other team, things haven't been bright for West Indies as well. In fact, things have been worse for them if we go by the performances in this tournament. There has been only one fifty scored from West Indies coming by the bat of Hayley Matthews. Stefanie Taylor has looked good but has thrown it away at crucial moments.
The things look even grimmer as far as bowling is concerned. They've managed to pick just seven wickets in their four outings validating how listless their bowling has been.
West Indies adapted to conditions brilliantly in the World T20 event held in India last year and went on to win the title. They, however, have failed to tackle English conditions and neither of Batwomen or bowlers have managed to get going. Even though Sri Lanka too haven't been in best of their form, West Indies would have to level-up their game to take home the first victory of this competition.
It could be a pretty emotional day for one of the sides as the losing team would have to pack their bags to home. The winner will stay in the tournament, albeit hanging by a thin string. Considering the recent performances of the two sides, Sri Lanka appears to have adapted better to the conditions. They've scored more runs, picked more wickets and individuals have shown promise. Sri Lanka go in as the favorites to win this all-important encounter.