West Indies vs Sri Lanka – 3rd T20 International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is West Indies vs Sri Lanka taking place? Friday, March 3rd, 2021 – 22:00 (UK)

Where is West Indies vs Sri Lanka taking place? Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

What is the expected weather for West Indies vs Sri Lanka? 28c with sunshine and cloudy intervals

What channel is West Indies vs Sri Lanka on? The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2

Where can I stream West Indies vs Sri Lanka? The match can be streamed live the BT Sport app and website

LAST MEETING
Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 43 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

WEST INDIES

  • West Indies were off the pace in the second T20 as Sri Lanka overpowered them by 43 runs and it was a sub-par batting performance that cost them as they were bowled out for just 117 chasing 161.
  • The batsmen are clearly struggling to deal with the spin threat from the tourists and despite numerous players getting 15 balls or more at the crease, they were never comfortable dealing with the threat posed.
  • There is a chance they rotate Fidel Edwards out of the side to bring another bowling option into the fold but there is a strong likelihood that they go with the same eleven for this game and keep faith with them.

SRI LANKA

  • Sri Lanka batted first once again in the second game but got off to a much better start thanks to openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka who hit 56 and 37 respectively and lay the foundations for their bowlers to defend a solid total.
  • They made a change to their bowling attack by bringing in a third frontline spinner and Lakshan Sandakan repaid the faith shown in him by taking 3/10 from 3.4 overs as their spin trio caused all kinds of problems to the Windies batsmen.
  • They will certainly be looking for greater contributions from their middle order which have struggled in both games so far but they too are most likely to go unchanged from the side that won the second game.

THE PREDICTION

Sri Lanka fought back well on the second T20 on Friday and come into this decider with plenty of confidence against the Windies. The tourists batted much better and their triple spin threat caused the hosts all kinds of problems so they will look to repeat that approach here. The Windies may try a different tactic if they win the toss by batting first and piling up a big score but either way, despite the big hitting by Pollard in the first game, their batsmen have struggled to cope with the spin. Sri Lanka’s batting looked better and their top order is in good form so this will likely come down to which batting line-up can produce. It is Sri Lanka who have more players in form with bat and ball, so while the Windies have the edge on paper, there is more evidence that the tourists have the better form out in the middle on the small sample size witnessed so far. Marginal preference goes to Sri Lanka on form and value.

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