Sri Lanka’s chance of making it to the semis got washed out with England’s stunning win on Sunday against India. Sunday’s match in Birmingham boosted the home team’s confidence to a great level. However, on Monday, when Dimuth Karunaratne and his team would be facing off West Indies, the Sri Lankan team would be only playing for pride. After Sri Lanka’s brave show against England last week, Sri Lanka had somehow managed to survive in the race; however, they were pushed to the brink of elimination after their defeat against South Africa.
On the other hand, West Indies have no chance of making it to the semis either. Throughout the tournament, the team looked very shaky and has not been able to find a player who could stay in the crease for long. West Indies faces a similar fate as Sri Lanka and they would be also playing for pride.
Thus, Monday’s match between Sri Lanka and West Indies would be a consolation victory match for both teams.
Monday’s match would be held at Riverside Stadium in Chester-le-Street.
From seven games, Sri Lanka has six points in their kitty. Although, they don’t have any chance to qualify for the semi-final; still, for Monday’s match, high hopes are on Lasith Malinga. Thisara Perrera would be an ideal contender for Jason Holder.
The campaign which the West Indies started in England was threatening enough to consider the possible semi-finalists. However, the poor batting performance and Andre Russell’s injury proved to be a crucial factor to kick the team out of the tournament. However, for Monday’s match, it is expected that Sheldon Cotrell and Oshane Thomas can bring fear in the minds of the opponents.
There is a high chance of West Indies defeating Sri Lanka in Durham.