West Indies will look their second win of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 when they face Sri Lanka on July 1 (Monday) at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.
The Jason Holder-led side has reached the end of a sorrowful campaign that has seen them win just one out of seven games while one ended in a complete washout. Though they have been impressive in parts, West Indies have failed to close out key moments in tight games. Things went downhill after a breezy seven-wicket win over Pakistan in their opening game, and they now sit just above Afghanistan in the points table, having lost out on the semi-final race.
They will look to play the same XI they played against India who put on a great effort despite losing the match.
Here is the predicted playing XI of West Indies for game 39 of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 against Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street:
Chris Gayle has looked good in all the games but has thrown it away after battling the new ball. The veteran opener needs to shoulder responsibility and take his team to an excellent total batting for the most overs possible.
Sunil Ambris looked good in his first World Cup game coming in as a replacement of injured Andre Russell. Ambris will look to play a big knock and put the Sri Lankan team under pressure.
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Shai Hope has come up the ranks in quick time and is one of the talented cricketers around. Hope, who is playing his first World Cup will aim to play some big knocks as West Indies eye for a top-four spot.
Nicholas Pooran has so far looked good with the bat in the World Cup. He has got starts in all the matches so far but has struggled to bat long. The southpaw will look to make them big and provide stability to the middle order.
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After a poor start, Shimron Hetmyer finally got going, but the big score is yet to come. However, the talented batsman needs to make it big providing the much-needed leadership in the middle order.
Jason Holder has led the team from the front with contributions with both bat and ball. The West Indies skipper will hope to keep up the excellent work going deep into the tournament.
Carlos Brathwaite had a fabulous game against New Zealand scoring his first ODI century. The giant looking all-rounder will have to play such knocks if West Indies have to secure a win. Beside, Brathwaite can also chip in with some useful overs.
Fabian Allen has had a good outing so far in the World Cup. He will have to continue the excellent over against Sri Lanka who are a good player of spin.
Kemar Roach had an outstanding game against India and bowled some excellent line and length against India. The fast bowler will have to continue the job he is doing as West Indies look for a win.
More than himself, Sheldon Cottrell’s celebration has been a hit in the World Cup. The left-arm pacer will want to showcase his talent with the ball as the team from the Caribbean Islands look to surprise the opponents.
Oshane Thomas has bowled outstandingly well right from the start of the World Cup. The management will look forward to their tall and lanky fast bowler to deliver once again when they face Sri Lanka.