Sri Lanka are all set to host the West Indies in a three-game one-day international series, the first of which is scheduled to be played on February 22 at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Live telecast of the match will begin at 9:45 AM local time.
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Despite four of the last six ODIs here having been won by the side batting first, the team that wins the toss in this match may opt to bowl first as there are chances of rain interruptions. So setting a target will not be easy in such a scenario.
Thundery showers accompanied by light winds have been forecast for Saturday with the rain expected to get heavier towards the end of the game. Temperatures are likely to be in the range of 30-33 degrees Celsius.
260+ has been scored at this venue four times in the last six one-day internationals, showing that this has been a pretty good surface to bat on. Conditions on Saturday, however, should offer a fair amount of assistance to the seam bowlers.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st ODI 2020.
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
SL Team News
Dimuth Karunaratne will be in charge of Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for this three-game ODI series that will see wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and all-rounder Thisara Perera return to the 50-over set-up. Dickwella is recovering from fever and so he could miss this opening fixture, in which case, Kusal Perera will have to do the glovework behind the stumps. The Sri Lankan selectors have sidelined Danushka Gunathilaka and Oshada Fernando for this series due to their respective back and hand injuries while left-arm pacer Isuru Udana has been retained.
SL Key Players
Avishka Fernando: In his short ODI career of 15 matches, Avishka has notched up 447 runs which includes a century and a couple of fifties. The opening batsman is in good form and he recently cracked two fifties in the SLC Twenty-20 Tournament last month.
Angelo Mathews: He is the most experienced and reliable batsman in this Sri Lankan line-up. The former captain is averaging 42.73 in the format and he will be expected to hold the innings together should the hosts lose a few early wickets.
Nuwan Pradeep: He will be the biggest threat for the West Indian batsmen in these conditions. The fast bowler has taken 54 wickets in 42 ODIs and has a couple of four-wicket hauls to his name as well.
SL Recent Form
Sri Lanka played 21 one-day internationals last year out of which they won only 7 and lost the rest. After a disappointing campaign at the World Cup in England, they thrashed Bangladesh 3-0 at home before losing 0-2 to Pakistan in Pakistan in their most recent 50-over assignment. The Sri Lankan bowlers looked below par in that series - they allowed the hosts to post 305 in the second ODI and failed to defend 297 in the decider.
West Indies have arrived on the Sri Lankan shores with a 15-man ODI squad sans batsmen Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer, both of whom failed to clear a fitness test earlier. The visitors have roped in Rovman Powell and veteran Darren Bravo owing to their impressive performances with the bat in the Colonial Medical Super50 tournament. Fabian Allen too comes back into the side after having fully recovered from his leg injury he had sustained last year during the India tour. Kieron Pollard will be leading the Windies team in this ODI series.
WI Key Players
Shai Hope: He is the leading ODI run-getter for the West Indies from the current squad and will be expected to take the team off to a good start. Hope is having a terrific average of 50.85 in the format and he smashed 85 in Thursday's practice match against Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI.
Roston Chase: He is another danger man with the bat at the top of the order. The explosive batsman powered the Windies to an emphatic win the other day with his whirlwind knock of 136. Chase also provides the team a good bowling option as well.
Sheldon Cottrell: The left-arm pacer will be lethal on Saturday - in conditions expected to be conducive for seam bowling. Cottrell took five wickets in the recent home series against Ireland and he will look to continue his good form in Sri Lanka.
WI Recent Form
West Indies have won seven of their last nine matches in the game's fifty-over format. However, six of those wins have come against the lower-ranked Afghanistan and Ireland; they registered 3-0 clean sweeps in both the series. Before their previous home series against Ireland, the Windies had toured India for a three-match ODI series. After winning the opening encounter by a handsome margin, they suffered back-to-back defeats in the last two matches to lose the series 1-2.
West Indies Predicted Playing 11
Brandon King/Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Hayden Walsh
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Team Form in Last Five Matches
SL : L L W W W
WI : W W W L L
SL vs WI Head to Head
Sri Lanka and West Indies have played 57 one-day internationals against each other with the former winning 26 of them and the latter 28 while 3 have ended in no-results.
Sri Lanka have won six (including the most recently played two) of their last seven matches against the West Indies in the fifty-over format.
At the Sinhalese Sports Club, the hosts have emerged victorious twice in the four ODI meetings. The Windies have won once while one of the encounters here had to be called off due to rain.
SL vs WI Head to Head Stats
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Betting Odds
As per the bookmakers, Sri Lanka are favorites to win this first ODI. The home team is being offered at odds of 1.70 with Betway, 1.66 with Bet365 and 1.71 with 10CRIC. West Indies have been priced higher but they seem a good value here at 2.20 with Bet365 and 2.10 with both Betway and 10CRIC.
PAK Betway Odds
PAK to Win the Match: Sri Lanka are 1.70 with Betway to win the first ODI.
SL top batsman: Dimuth Karunaratne is 4.25 with Betway to be the top batsman for Sri Lanka in this match while Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera are both priced at 4.50. Avishka Fernando is up at 5.
PAK Top Bowler: With the ball, Mohammad Amir is 4.00 favourite to be Pakistan’s top bowler with Bet365. Wahab Riaz and Usman Shinwari are both priced at 4.33, while Shadab Khan be backed at 4.50. Mohammad Hasnain took a hat-trick in the first game but is still as high as 5.00 – as is Imad Wasim, despite being Pakistan’s top bowler in the second T20i.
SL Bet365 Odds
SL to Win the Match: Sri Lanka are still outsiders to beat Pakistan, but they are now priced at 3.00 to win with Bet365.
SL Top Batsman: Danushka Gunathilaka ended the ODI series with a century and started this one with a half-century. The opening batsman is 4.33 to be Sri Lanka’s top batsman with Bet365. Bhanuka Rajapaksa is 4.50 after his brilliant innings last time out. Avishka Fernando can be backed at 5.50, meanwhile and captain Dasun Shanaka is 7.50.
SL Top Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep remains 4.50 to be Sri Lanka’s top bowler with Bet365 despite taking seven wickets in two games so far. Isuru Udana has five in two matches, and he is 4.00 favourite to be Sri Lanka’s top bowler with Bet365. Lakshan Sandakan is 4.33, while Wanidu Hasaranga is the same price after taking three wickets in an over last time out.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Prediction
Sri Lanka have the home advantage in their favor and they will be playing at a ground where they have won nine of their last ten completed ODIs. However, their form in this format of the game has not been too good lately as compared to the West Indies who are coming on the back of seven wins in their last nine matches.
The Windies lost to Sri Lanka in last year's World Cup in England and they will surely have revenge on their mind. And with the kind of explosive batsmen and threatening fast bowlers they have in their side, we feel they have a good chance of avenging that defeat.
Back West Indies to beat Sri Lanka at 2.20 with Bet365 and 2.10 with Betway and 10CRIC.
Our Dream11 team for SL vs WI 1st ODI has five players from Sri Lanka and six players from the West Indies.
We have picked three wicketkeepers in our team - Kusal Perera, Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran. While Hope has been priced at 10 credits, Perera and Pooran are both available for 9 credits.
Our Dream team has three batsmen and all three belong to Sri lanka - Avishka Fernando (8.5 credits), Angelo Mathews (9 credits) and Kusal Mendis (10 credits) are all consistent performers with the bat and we recommend including them in the team.
Roston Chase and Kieron Pollard are the two all-rounders in our Dream11 team. The former is coming off a match-winning performance in the practice game while the latter is capable of winning matches from the worst of situations. Chase is available for 8.5 credits while Pollard can be picked for 9.5.
Sheldon Cottrell and Nuwan Pradeep will be the major threats with the ball for their respective countries. Both are available for 9 credits and we strongly suggest adding them to the team. Alzarri Joseph is another good option at 8.5 credits.
We have picked Sheldon Cottrell as the captain of our Dream11 team.
We have picked Shai Hope as the vice-captain of our Dream11 team.