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West Indies vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 Match Prediction

  • Mar 04, 2021
  • 03:30 IST / 2:00 GMT
  • Coolidge Cricket Ground - Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda
West Indies WI West Indies
Sri Lanka SL Sri Lanka
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Betting Tips

  • West Indies and Sri Lanka start their three-game T20 international series in Antigua as attention turns to T20 World Cup preparations.
  • West Indies have in-form Chris Gayle back in their ranks in a squad packed with experience. Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Fidel Edwards also feature.
  • Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have a large touring squad that was supposed to be led by Dasun Shanaka but visa issues mean Angelo Mathews will lead the team instead.

WI vs SL
Chance of Winning

WI

SL

Our Prediction

West Indies are favorites to win

Top Bets for WI vs SL Match

Highest Opening Partnership -

Highest Opening Partnership - West Indies

Odds

1.60
Sri Lanka Fall of 1st Wicket -

Sri Lanka Fall of 1st Wicket - Over 19.5

Odds

1.83
Chris Gayle Total Sixes -

Chris Gayle Total Sixes - Over 1.5

Odds

2.10
Most Run Outs -

Most Run Outs - Sri Lanka

Odds

3.35
Total Wickets in Match -

Total Wickets in Match - Over 19.5

Odds

1.95
Angelo Mathews Total Fours -

Angelo Mathews Total Fours - Over 2.5

Odds

2.25
Angelo Mathews Total Fours -

Angelo Mathews Total Fours - Over 2.5

Odds

2.25

West Indies vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 Prediction & Betting Tips

The opening game of this three-match T20i series sees an experienced West Indies squad look to make their mark in Antigua against their Sri Lankan tourists. The match takes place at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on March 3 and the live action starts at 18:00 local time.

West Indies are looking to get back to winning ways, having lost their last T20 series, and they have recalled veterans Chris Gayle and Fidel Edwards in their bid to do just that. An experienced squad, led by Kieron Pollard and in which Dwayne Bravo also features, last won against Sri Lanka, in early 2020.

Sri Lanka have not played any T20 cricket since that series, which followed a series defeat to India too. With the T20 World Cup on the horizon it is not good preparation and it has been further hampered by the loss of captain Dasun Shanaka due to visa issues.

WI vs SL 1st T20 Live Streaming

The match can be watched live on BT sports, sky channel 413 in UK, Spark Sport in New Zealand.

Live Streaming: Fans in India can stream the match on Fan code app.

Toss Prediction

Chasing could be a good shout on a wicket expected to hold form.

Pitch Report

A new men’s international ground, the wicket could prove true and fast as is the norm in this part of the world.

Weather Report

Antigua will be warm and humid but the chance of rain on this sunny evening is very low.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for West Indies vs Sri Lanka 1st T20

West Indies Team News & Playing 11

WI Team News

The biggest headlines in West Indies’ squad selection were the returns of Chris Gayle and Fidel Edwards. The latter is back after nine years, while the former is included for the first time since 2019.

WI Key Players

  • Chris Gayle: Knows he has a big chance to earn one final hurrah at the T20 World Cup, and his recent T20 form at the IPL and PSL has been really good.
  • Dwayne Bravo: Another veteran looking for a winning send-off, the 37-year-old now boasts a record 512 wickets in T20 cricket.
  • Nicholas Pooran: The vice-captain will be behind the stumps, and has been in good form at this ground for Trinidad in recent weeks too. 

WI Team Form

West Indies last won a T20i series against Sri Lanka, but since that 2-0 victory they have lost 2-0 to New Zealand, with a third match rained off. They conceded 238/3 in a heavy defeat in their most recently completed match – a 72-run loss. 

West Indies Predicted Playing 11

Andre Fletcher, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Oshane Thomas, Akeal Hosein

Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11

SL Team News

Dasun Shanaka did not travel with the team due to visa issues, and he is expected to be replaced as captain by Angelo Mathews until he arrives. Lahiru Kumara will miss the white-ball series on medical grounds.

SL Key Players

  • Nuwan Pradeep: Most recently took eight T20 wickets in the Lanka Premier League to move to 55 in 53 T20 appearances.
  • Dimuth Karunaratne: Could be set for a T20 debut, having proved his worth on the back of some of his ODI and test performances.
  • Thisara Perera: The big-hitting lower-order batsman and handy paceman can contribute with either bat or ball. He was in particularly good batting for in the Lanka Premier League in December.

SL Team Form

These are Sri Lanka’s first T20 international matches since a 2-0 defeat to West Indies early last year. That was with a much different team, however. They have lost their last four T20 internationals now, and the match before that was rained off.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11

Danushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (c), Oshada Fernando, Wanidu Hasaranga, Thisara Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan

West Indies vs Sri Lanka Team Form in Last Five Matches

WI : NR L L W W

SL : L L L L NR

WI vs SL Head to Head

West Indies won 2-0 against Sri Lanka almost 12 month ago but they still trail with five wins to six in the overall T20i head-to-head record in this fixture. Both teams had very different squads for their most recent series – Andre Russell, Brandon King and Shimron Hetmyer all contributing with the bat as West Indies needed just 17 overs to hit 158/3 and win by seven wickets when they last met.

WI vs SL Head to Head Stats in T20

Matches Played WI Won SL Won  Tie No Result
11 5 6 0 0

West Indies vs Sri Lanka Betting Odds

West Indies won 2-0 against Sri Lanka almost 12 month ago but they still trail with five wins to six in the overall T20i head-to-head record in this fixture. Both teams had very different squads for their most recent series – Andre Russell, Brandon King and Shimron Hetmyer all contributing with the bat as West Indies needed just 17 overs to hit 158/3 and win by seven wickets when they last met.

Who will win West Indies vs Sri Lanka?

West Indies are favourites to start this home series by beating Sri Lanka.

Odds to Win The Match

Team Name10cricbetway1xbetbet365
West Indies 1.351.401.401.40
Sri Lanka 2.752.803.003.00

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West Indies vs Sri Lanka Top Team Batsmen

Chris Gayle is favourite to be West Indies’ top team batsman after his recent form at the IPL and Pakistan Super League. For Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandimal is favourite with Betway by quote some way but Bet365 have been more generous with their pricing.

Chris Gayle’s good form has earned him an international recall and, with World T20 places up for grabs, he could be set for one last hurrah. He is favourite to be West Indies’ top team batsman and you would not put it past him to thrive once again. For Sri Lanka, Danushka Gunathilaka could prove a more generous price.

Odds for Top Team Batsmen

Top Team Batsman10cricbetway1xbetbet365
Chris Gayle (WI)3.603.753.743.75
Evin Lewis (WI)4.004.004.004.00
Nicholas Pooran (WI)4.354.755.005.00
Dinesh Chandimal (SL)4.503.004.504.50
Dimuth Karunaratne (SL)4.504.335.005.00
Danushka Gunathilaka (SL)4.504.335.005.00

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West Indies vs Sri Lanka Top Team Bowlers

Dwayne Bravo is favourite to be West Indies’ top team bowler, but the return of Fidel Edwards means he is also available to back at a low price. For Sri Lanka, the prices are all over the place but Wanidu Hasaranga is among the consistent favourites.

Dwayne Bravo is T20 cricket’s all-time leading wicket-taker and has repeatedly proved he still cannot be written off. That said, Fidel Edwards’ extraordinary return to international cricket could be the catalyst for some wickets for him too and he looks a good price. Jason Holder’s franchise cricket form shows how generous Betway’s price is too. For Sri Lanka, their line-up will change the odds significantly but until then, Wanidu Hasaranga’s leg spin makes him a tempting price.

Odds for Top Team Bowlers

Top Team Bowlers10cricbetway1xbetbet365
Dwayne Bravo (WI)4.353.754.004.00
Fidel Edwards (WI)4.004.004.004.00
Jason Holder (WI)4.006.504.504.50
Lakshan Sandakan (SL)4.004.504.004.00
Wanidu Hasaranga (SL)4.503.754.324.33
Nuwan Pradeep (SL)4.505.005.005.00

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West Indies vs Sri Lanka Prediction

West Indies have home advantage and a stronger, far more experienced squad on paper. They are favourites to win.

Final Verdict

West Indies are favorites to win against Sri Lanka. Back West Indies to beat Sri Lanka at 1.40

WI vs SL Dream11 Prediction

  • Wicket Keeper

    Big-hitting Nicholas Pooran is the most expensive of the wicket-keepers but there is a good reason for that – it being his danger as a T20 batsman. He is worth selecting even at 9.5 credits and likely to be lower down the order.

  • Batsmen

    Chris Gayle is back in good form and so he is hard to ignore at ten credits. There is then a trio of batsmen at nine credits who also look worth selecting – Angelo Mathews captains Sri Lanka, Danushka Gunathilaka is a dangerous bat and West Indies’ Evin Lewis will provide firepower up the order.

  • All rounder

    Onto the all-rounders, Kieron Pollard and Thisara Perera both suffer from the fact they can be match-winners one week and then barely feature the next. Still, can you afford to overlook them given their potential with both bat and ball? Alternatively, Wanidu Hasaranga is a much more generous price at nine credits.

  • Bowlers

    That does not leave much with the ball, but Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep are both 8.5 credits for Sri Lanka and Fidel Edwards is the same price for West Indies on his return. Pradeep and Edwards together leaves eight credits for whichever of Akeal Hosein and Kevin Sinclair lead the West Indian spin attack.

  • Captain /Vice Captain

    Chris Gayle’s recent T20 form makes him a very tempting offer for captain – though his more recent inconsistency means it is always a gamble. A safer bet for vice-captain would be an all-rounder, putting Thisara Perera high on the pecking order.

WI vs SL Dream11 Team Prediction

  • Batsmen:Chris Gayle (c), Evin Lewis, Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka

  • All Rounder:Kieron Pollard, Thisara Perera (vc), Wanidu Hasaranga

  • Wicket Keeper:Nicholas Pooran

  • Bowler:Nuwan Pradeep, Fidel Edwards, Akeal Hosein

Posted On 3rd March 2021 12:43:32
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