West Indies take on Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi knowing that only a big win is likely enough to realistically keep their qualification hopes alive at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
West Indies have won the toss and opted to bowl first against Sri Lanka in the Group 1 clash in Abu Dhabi.
Sri Lanka’s hopes of qualifying for the final four at the World Cup are over, but West Indies still harbour slim hopes of progressing, despite losses to England and South Africa at the start of their Super 12 campaign.
The equation facing West Indies is simple enough – they must beat both Sri Lanka and Australia in their final two matches to stand a chance of progressing, and they must win by a big margin in at least one if not both of those games.
The nature of the defeat to England in their tournament opener means West Indies have a negative run rate and must overturn a 2.629 NRR differential against the Aussies if they are to have a chance to progress.
“We know exactly what is needed in terms of from a run rate perspective and we’ll take all things into consideration when the match starts,” captain Kieron Pollard said before the game, and showed his team’s intentions with an unchanged team selection that sees the West Indies with genuine batters all the way down to number nine.
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wk), Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Binura Fernando.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (captain), Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul.