WI vs SL Fantasy Prediction: West Indies vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I – 4 March (Antigua). The West Indies team is full of T20 superstars.
Hosts West Indies will take on Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I match of the three-match T20I series. Chris Gayle is back in this series for the hosts.
West Indies have started their T20 World Cup preparations with the arrival of their star players. Chris Gayle & Evin Lewis are back at the top-order, whereas DJ Bravo, Jason Holder & Fidel Edwards will strengthen the bowling. The captaincy of Kieron Pollard has been absolutely top-notch for this side.
The Sri Lankan team is going to miss some of their influential players in this series. Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella are the aggressive players on this side, whereas the experience of Chandimal & Mathews will also play a vital role. Thisara Perera is the lead all-rounder of the side, whereas Wanindu Hasaranga is their most important bowler.
Pitch Conditions and Weather Details
The average 1st innings batting score at this venue in the West Indies Super 50 Competition was 249 runs
Total Games Played: 18; Bat 1st Won: 9; Bat 2nd Won: 9
We can expect clear weather throughout the game.
Probable XI for both sides:-
West Indies – Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, DJ Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Akeal Hosein.
Sri Lanka – Danushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera.
Three Match T20I Series
Match: West Indies vs Sri Lanka First T20I Match
Date and Time: 4 March, Thursday – 3:30 AM IST
Venue: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
Where to Watch: Fancode
Top 4 Batting Order
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, and Nicholas Pooran.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, and Oshada Fernando.
Death Over Specialists
- DJ Bravo and Jason Holder
- Dushmantha Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep.
WI vs SL Fantasy Wicket-Keeper
Nicholas Pooran and Dinesh Chandimal will be our wicket-keepers in this game. Pooran scored 353 runs in IPL 2020 at a strike-rate of 169.71, whereas Chandimal scored 246 runs in Lanka Premier League at an average of 41.00. Both of them are reliable players, whereas Pooran batted well in the Abu Dhabi T10 League as well.
WI vs SL Fantasy Batsmen
Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis will be our batsmen from the West Indies. Gayle is a T20 legend, and he scored 107 runs at an average of 53.50 in PSL 2021. Lewis has scored 934 T20I runs at an average of 32.21, whereas he has a strike-rate of 155.41. Both of them are T20 specialist players.
Danushka Gunathilaka will be our batsman from Sri Lanka. Gunathilaka scored 476 runs in Lanka Premier League at an average of 59.50, whereas his strike-rate was 144.68. He was the highest run-scorer of the tournament.
WI vs SL Fantasy All-Rounders
Thisara Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga will be our all-rounders from Sri Lanka. Perera has scored 1201 T20I runs at a strike-rate of 152.60, whereas he has scalped 51 wickets in bowling. Hasaranga has scalped 16 T20I wickets at an economy of 7.81, whereas he was the highest wicket-taker of LPL 2020. Both of them are going to play an important role in this series.
Kieron Pollard will be our all-rounder from West Indies. Pollard is a T20 legend with over 10,000 runs under his belt. He was brilliant in the IPL 2020, where he scored 268 runs at a strike-rate of 191.42.
WI vs SL Fantasy Bowlers
From West Indies, the duo of Akeal Hosein and Dwayne Bravo will make it into our team. Bravo has scalped 512 T20 wickets in his career, whereas Hosein scalped ten wickets in CPL 2020 at an economy of 5.55. Both of them are T20 specialist bowlers.
Lakshan Sandakan will be our bowler from Sri Lanka. Sandakan has scalped 17 T20I wickets at an economy of 7.54, whereas he bowled well in the Lanka Premier League.
Match Prediction: West Indies are the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role:-
Even Lewis and Danushka Gunathilaka
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard
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