Sri Lanka vs West Indies Dream11 Prediction & Preview: 1st T20I
Sri Lanka and West Indies will clash against each other in the 1st T20I of the two-match T20I series at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele. We will provide SL vs WI Dream11 Prediction, Probable Playing XI, and Fantasy Cricket Tips.
Srilanka played brilliantly in the ODI series and won all the 3 matches. Now they would be eyeing to win the T20 series too, whereas the defending World T20I champions would be eager to prove themselves and bounce back by winning the T20I series.
Srilanka last played the T20I match nearly two months ago, where the Indian team outplayed them. But now, after winning the ODI series, the Srilankan team looks confident enough under the captaincy of Lasith Malinga to take on the West Indies.
Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis will be opening for the Srilankan team and have the ability to play big shots and also play sensibly. In the middle order, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera both the all-rounders will be crucial, followed by Isuru Udana. Malinga will be leading the bowling attack, Wanindu Hasaranga and Lakshan Sandakan will also be important.
West Indies though, have lost the ODI series still would be confident about the T20I series as they tied their last T20I series against Ireland. But there have been changes to the squad this series, and they are looking for an extreme side under the captaincy of Kieron Pollard.
Lendl Simmons and Shai Hope will open the innings and are excellent strikers of the ball. They are followed by Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, who can cause havoc if they get going. And then in the middle order some of the best all-rounders like Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell who can change the course of the match with both bat and ball. In the end, bowlers like Cottrell, Kesrick Williams, who is lethal with their deliveries, will play a crucial role.
This will be an exciting contest to watch as both the teams will be playing, keeping in mind the T20I world cup preparation.
SL vs WI, 1st T20I, West Indies tour of Sri Lanka, 2020.
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.
07:00 PM, 4th March, West Indies tour of Sri Lanka, 2020.
Average 1st innings score: 167
Average 2nd innings score: 146
Matches won batting 1st: 11
Matches won bowling 1st: 6
The pitch here is generally considered to be good for batting and also helps the seamers.
There is no forecast of rain on the match day.
Lasith Malinga (C), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Niroshan Dickwella, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara and Asitha Fernando.
Kieron Pollard (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Lendl Simmons, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Shai Hope, Nicolas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh, and Kesrick Williams.
SL vs WI Dream11 Team News
Niroshan Dickwella, who did not get to play any of the ODI matches will be in the playing XI for the T20I series.
Shimron Hetmyer has passed the fitness test and will be there in the playing XI.
Probable Playing XI
Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera(wk), Kusal Mendis/Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka/Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Lahiru Kumara.
Lendl Simmons, Shai Hope/Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell.
Top picks for SL vs WI Dream11 Prediction
He is a young right-handed batsman and opens for the Srilankan Team. Avishka played well in the ODI series, where he scored a hundred. He has played only 12 matches in the T20I format.
He is the wicket-keeper batsman for Srilanka and generally bats at No.3. Kusal had a decent ODI series and has a batting average of 27.55 runs in the T20I format.
He is a left-handed batsman and a good striker of the ball. Dickwella did not get to play the ODI series. He has a batting average of 19.5 in the T20I format.
He is a right-handed batsman and also opens for the team. Mendis bats according to the situation of the match and batted beautifully in the ODI series and scored a hundred and a fifty. He has a decent record in T20I format also.
He is a bowling all-rounder and can also hit some big shots down the order. Perera proved himself in the ODI series, and he has a batting average of 23.86 in the ODI series and picked up 51 wickets so far in the T20I format.
This young leg-break bowler has been impressive in the few matches that he played. Hasaranga impressed everyone in the ODI series. He has played only 10 T20I games so far and picked up 15 wickets.
He is one of the top all-rounders in the world and one of the most experienced players in the Srilankan team. Mathews wasn’t able to perform with the bat but bowled well in the last match of the ODI series. He has a batting average of 27.15 and picked up 37 wickets so far in the T20I format.
Skipper Malinga is one of the most experienced players in the team and is known for his Yorkers. He has picked up 106 wickets so far, with a bowling average of 20.12 in the T20I format.
He is a bowling all-rounder who can also score some runs down the order. Udana played decently in the ODI series and has a batting average of 20.64 and picked up 23 wickets so far in the T20I format.
He is a right-handed batsman and opens the batting for West Indies and played well in the ODI series. He hasn’t played much of T20I matches, but he has been impressive so far and has an average of 21.64.
He is a left-handed batsman and is an outstanding striker of the ball. Hetmyer has a batting average of 17.28 in the T20I format.
This young left-handed batsman has impressed everyone with his batting skill in the short span of his career. Pooran has a batting average of 24.21 in the ODI format.
He is a bowling all-rounder but is also is a big hitter of the ball. Russell has a batting average of 17.88 and has picked up 25 wickets so far in the T20I format.
He is one of the most experienced and top all-rounders in the team. Bravo has a batting average of 23.97 and has picked up 57 wickets so far in the T20I format.
Skipper Pollard is one of the top all-rounders in the world and is well known for his six-hitting capabilities. He has a batting average of 23.17 and has picked up 35 wickets so far in the T20I format.
He is a left-arm fast bowler and is known for his pace and sharp bouncers and his ability to pick up wickets early in the innings. Cottrell has picked up 34 wickets so far in the T20I format.
He is a right-arm fast bowler and is an attacking bowler. Williams has picked up 41 wickets and with an average of 18.82 so far in the T20I format.
The Right-hand batsman played 52 T20I matches and scored 1113 runs with an average of 25.88.
SL vs WI Dream11 Prediction
Head-to-Head/Small League Dream11 Team:
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Fantasy Cricket Tips:
- You can pick K Mendis to Avishka Fernando.
- In the wicket-keeper, Kusal Perera, Shai Hope, Nicolas Pooran and, N Dickwella, all are good.
- In batsmen, Angelo Mathews, K Pollard, and Avishka Fernando are also good options.
- Kesrick Williams is also a good bowler.
- Avishka Fernando, Thisara Perera, and Shai Hope are also good for C and Vc.
Captain and Vice-Captain
Kusal Perera, Andre Russell, Thisara Perera, Dwayne Bravo, Shai Hope, Avishka Fernando, Shimron Hetmyer, N Dickwella, L Malinga.
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