West Indies will play the second ODI of their series against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Get all the Sri Lanka v West Indies 2nd ODI betting tips & predictions below.
Sri Lanka and the West Indies began their ODI series with a thrilling encounter in the first fixture of the series in a match reduced to 26-overs per side due to the poor weather.
The match at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, where the second game of the series will also be played, starting on Wednesday, had any number of twists and turns, that left the result in doubt until Ajantha Mendis struck a six in the penultimate over of the Sri Lanka innings, to clinch a 1-wicket victory.
The tourists had looked in deep trouble before the rain arrived, and had been reduced to 29-3, with Suranga Lakmal taking all three wickets. Although Lasith Malinga failed to take a wicket, he showed signs of a return to form on his recall to the side, consistently registering deliveries in the high 130kph range.
The rain interruption after 14 overs allowed the West Indies to adopt a different approach, knowing that they had only a dozen overs to bat through, with their remaining seven wickets.
Andre Russell crashed three sixes and two fours from his first 12 balls faced, on his way to a top score 41, and with Jason holder also clearing the boundary three times on his way to 36 off of just 13 deliveries, the tourists finished on 159-8, which was adjusted upwards under the D/L system.
Sri Lanka had looked to be coasting to victory as they reached 104-2 with still 13 overs remaining. Tillakaratne Dilshan leading the way with the fastest half-century of his 320 match ODI career.
However, the hosts’ lack of experience in the middle order nearly cost them dear, as Sunil Narine, who was appearing in his first international in over a year, took three wickets in the nineteenth over, reducing the home side to 133-7.
With Russell having limped from the field earlier having bowled just five balls, the visitors were forced to turn to some part time bowlers at the “death”, and although Jonathan Carter took two wickets in the 24th over, Lakmal managed to survive his last two deliveries, allowing the ice cool Mendis to complete the job against Johnson Charles.
West Indies will be without captain Holder for this game while Russell’s injury will also be a cause for concern.
Sri Lanka v West Indies ODIs head to head:
It’s 27-22 in favour of the West Indies on overall head to head, but over the last 10 matches, Sri Lanka lead 6-4.
Sri Lanka v West Indies 2nd ODI betting tips & predictions:
Sri Lanka to win: 10/17
Marlon Samuels to be top West Indies batsman
Match starts at 2.30 pm local time (0900 hrs GMT) on November 4.