West Indies take on Sri Lanka for place in the final

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West Indies take on Sri Lanka for place in the final

1-405x270WISDEN INDIA – A place in the final of the triangular series beckons for the winner of the clash between West Indies and Sri Lanka in Bulawayo on Wednesday (November 23).

West Indies lead the table with seven points from two games, having won one with a bonus point in the opener against Sri Lanka and tied the other against Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka are second, with seven points from three games, having beaten Zimbabwe with a bonus point before their second face-off was washed out on Monday.

When Sri Lanka and West Indies clashed earlier in the series, it turned out to be a one-sided affair. West Indies won that by 62 runs, restricting Sri Lanka to 165 after setting them a target of 227. However, West Indies head into this game after the thrilling tie against Zimbabwe last week, itself largely thanks to Shai Hope’s fine century. Sri Lanka, however, haven’t hit their highs since the eight-wicket victory against Zimbabwe in the series-opener.

Heading into the game on Wednesday, it’s the West Indies batsmen who are amongst the runs. Apart from Hope, who leads the run charts with 148 in two games, Kraigg Brathwaite is also in the top three, with 92 runs in two matches. In contrast, Sri Lanka’s highest scorer is Dhananjaya de Silva, whose 81 runs in two innings just about puts him in the top five.

Sri Lanka need their batsmen to step up. While they were powered by Dhananjaya and Niroshan Dickwella in the opener against Zimbabwe, the middle order let them down in the subsequent clash against West Indies, when Sachith Pathirana’s late, counter-attacking 45 was the top score in chase of 228.

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