Date: March 6, 2021
Time: 3:30 AM IST
Venue: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
Live Ball-by-Ball Commentary: SportsTiger App
After a thrilling start to the T20I series between West Indies and Sri Lanka in Antigua, the two teams are set to play the second contest. The first match was nothing short of drama as we witnessed Dananjaya’s hat-trick and Pollard’s 6-sixes as the hosts went on to win the match by 4 wickets. While Windies will have an opportunity to seal the series, Sri Lanka would want to come up with a better display in this contest as they try to take the series into a decider.
West Indies produced a clinical all-round performance in the series opener in Antigua. After choosing to bowl first, all the Windies bowlers were among the wickets as they restricted Sri Lanka to a modest total of 131. Obed McCoy was most impressive with the ball, with figures of 2/25. The batting was a slight concern for the hosts as Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran were dismissed on duck. Skipper Kieron Pollard (38 off 11) stole the show as he smashed Dananjaya for six sixes in an over, Jason Holder (29* off 24) played a solid knock to guide West Indies to a comfortable 4-wicket win in the end.
Sri Lanka came up with a really disappointing performance in the first contest. Though, Niroshan Dickwella (33 off 29) and Pathum Nissanka (39 off 34) did play well, but the experience trio of Dinesh Chandimal (11), Angelo Mathews (5) and Thisara Perera (1) had a dismal outing. In the bowling department, Wanindu Hasaranga was the most impressive bowler for them, finishing with 3/12 in his 4 overs. Akila Dananjaya did take an incredible hat-trick, he conceded 64 runs as Windies chased the target in the 14th over. The visitors will certainly want to play more competitive cricket when they meet West Indies for the second T20I.
Probable Playing XI
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Kevin Sinclair, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards
Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (c), Ashen Bandara, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep
Wicket-Keepers: Nicholas Pooran, Dinesh Chandimal
Batsmen: Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Danushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Mathews
All-Rounders: Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder
Bowlers: Akila Dananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards
Disclaimer: The fantasy tips and facts expressed within this article are personal opinion of the author. They do not reflect the views of SportsTiger. It is not a reflection of the actual points you might earn. SportsTiger does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.