West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Kingston June 27, 2013

West Indies seek home advantage in opener

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Match Facts

Friday, June 28
Start time 0930 (1430 GMT, 2000 IST)

The Big Picture

Ideally, West Indies and Sri Lanka should have been playing a Test series at the moment, but economic forces have meant that not only have the Tests been scrapped, but a third participant - India - has joined to make it a tripartite ODI competition. It's not all gloom though. A triangular competition can produce more twists and turns than a monotonous five-match series and a closely-contested first match between these two contrasting teams could be the caffeine kick the fans in the subcontinent need to follow a series being played halfway across the planet.

For Sri Lanka, Tests or no Tests, it's a big tour. It's not often that they travel to the western edge of the cricketing world - this is only their sixth trip to the Caribbean, including the 2007 World Cup - and the last time they were here five years ago, they drew the Test series 1-1 but failed to win anything in the three-match ODI series. A team in transition, Sri Lanka have had mixed results this year under the new leadership of Angelo Mathews. The big positive came in Australia where they drew the five-match series, but they suffered a setback at home soon after, failing to win the ODI series against Bangladesh. They found their A-game during the Champions Trophy, making it to yet another semi-final of a big tournament, before bowing out to India.

That run in England was largely based on their senior players repeatedly leading the team to safety. What was keenly awaited, but never came in England, was an innings, a spell, or a moment of brilliance from the new generation of Sri Lankan cricketers. Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Shamida Eranga - the list is full of promise that is yet to show its worth. In this series, on the slow-low pitches of the Caribbean, against two tough opponents and away from the peering eyes of the media, they have a glorious opportunity to make some progress.

West Indies are a strong side in limited-overs, or so it seems because of the presence of a number of power-packed players. However, most of these players have earned their reputations playing in faraway lands for an assortment of teams. The truth is, West Indies, much like Sri Lanka's younger generation, has teased with sporadic flashes of brilliance for far too long. Yes, they won the T20 World Cup, but soon after they lost an ODI series in Bangladesh, before Australia blanked them in a five-match series.

They were at touching distance of a semi-final place in the Champions Trophy, but even there, they didn't impose themselves with either bat or ball. One silver lining for them is that they have tasted some success in home conditions. However, given the strength of the other two teams, West Indies won't mind considering themselves underdogs.

Form guide

(Most recent first, last five completed matches)

West Indies TLWWW
Sri Lanka LWWLL

In the spotlight

Upul Tharanga was a regular in the side after making his debut in 2005, but lean returns in 2011-12 and the rise in the reputation of Perera, saw the latter edge Tharanga out for the home series against Bangladesh. A sparkling debut by Perera meant Tharanga was left waiting for an opening in the side, which has now come due to Tillakaratne Dilshan's injury. Tharanga can take encouragement from the fact that there are places in the batting order still up for grabs - Perera's form has disappeared too - and that there are at least four matches to make his case.

The appointment of Dwayne Bravo as the captain of the ODI side raised a few eyebrows around the world, but Bravo brushed doubts aside saying it was part of rotation policy. He promised proactive captaincy with 'strange' tactics before the start of the Champions Trophy, but the team missed out on a semi-final spot when Kieron Pollard lost his wicket off what proved to be the last ball of the innings. Bravo was at the non-striker's end then and walked off dejected. However, having spent some time in England as a leader, Bravo has a chance to establish his style of leadership in home conditions.

Team news

Mathews had said the injury to Dilshan would be an opportunity for others to step up and the most likely player to lend solidity at the top could be Tharanga. Although the pitches in the Caribbean are not going to be markedly different from the ones laid out in England this season, Sri Lanka could include either Sachithra Senanayake or Ajantha Mendis or both in their squad.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Angelo Mathews (capt), 6 Dinesh Chandimal, 7 Lahiru Thirimanne, 8 Ajantha Mendis, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Nuwan Kulasekara, 11 Lasith Malinga

West Indies settled into a combination that worked for them in England after the suspension of Denesh Ramdin. Although Ramdin is available for selection, West Indies are unlikely to disturb that arrangement, which means that Darren Sammy is likely to remain in the team while Johnson Charles will keep wickets.

West Indies (probable): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles (wk), 3 Devon Smith, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Darren Bravo, 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Tino Best/Kemar Roach, 11 Ravi Rampaul

Pitch and conditions

Wet weather is expected to further interfere with the cricket. However, the warmer temperatures and the subcontinent-like pitch conditions will suit Sri Lanka's game.

Stats and trivia

  • Upul Tharanga is 46 runs short of completing 5000 runs in ODIs. He has scored 12 centuries and his average is marginally better than Mahela Jayawardene's.

  • West Indies' head-to-head record against Sri Lanka at home stands at 4-4

  • Only two batsmen - Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya - have scored hundreds in Sri Lanka-West Indies matches in the West Indies.

Quotes

"It's to put those little mistakes that we made in England away. We felt we had a good opportunity to win that tournament and we want to win this one and prove ourselves right."
Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, is hoping to set things right at home

"West Indies and India are two very good teams in the shorter format of the game and I think that we really need to play some good cricket to win against them."
Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka captain

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Donsshaddow on June 28, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    On their day, West Indies can beat any side in the world. They currently have an extremely talented outfit that has excelled in the shorter formats of the game. Pollard, Gayle and co can be a handful if they come good. For the sake of the people of the Caribbean I hope the big guns fire. For starters they will be playing on familiar turf and conditions, but they would need to tackle one game at a time and hope by the end of the tri-series they come out on top. Mind you both India and Sri Lanka are impressive sides as well.

  • Htc-Android on June 28, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Perfect team. We should play both Mendis and Sachitra against WI. They are a horrible side against spin. In the batting line up Chandimal should bat at his usual No.4 position. He was doing well at that position and Mahela once said, he was a longterm No.4. Dont know why it is changed now? Jeevan mendis should come in place of thirimanne just to get that extra bowler option. If tharanga fails then Thirimanne should replace him.

  • on June 28, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Indian will be under pressure against SL bowling, impossible to justify. Malinga, always treated by Indian batsmen as a street level bowler has an economy rate of 6 against India while Kulasekara has 5.40. Rangana Herath has taken ONLY 3 wickets in his 9 ODIs against India. Ajantha Mendis has taken 3 wickets in last 5 ODIs against India at an economy rate of 6.36 averaging 104.

  • Davo234 on June 28, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Hugely exciting series between 3 of the best teams in the world. I'll be following closely on cricinfo - but I can't help that tang of regret that this could've been a top class test series, following on from the exciting series based in Sri Lanka. I'd love to see Sanga repeat Gayle's innings on Caribbean turf!

  • on June 28, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Even though I am an Indian, I have to say that WI have a slight advantage over India. They know the conditions better, home support, most of the players in good form. Whereas Indian middle order looks a bit wobbly and if its an off day for the top order, things can get a bit dicey. Even though the bowling has improved, it is still unreliable in the death overs. However the momentum is definitely with the Indian team and fingers crossed for Indian victory

  • Tal_Botvinnik on June 28, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    K Perera, D Chandimal, L Thrimanne MUST bat at the top three today, Mahela to open, Sanga at No 05. Kusal must keep, its better to have a young wicketkeeper than a oldie. Need Sachitra instead of Herath, becoz he is a attacking spinner than a line and length herath. Dimuth Karunaratne bagged both the Man of the series and is still not selected, hope Jeewan or Dilhara picks a injury and dimuth comes in.

  • Otuwa on June 28, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Wish you all the best to KUSAL.It's time yo perform............

  • on June 28, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    "Against W. I both the touring team will try to exploit the conditions as the pitches in Caribbean has slowed down a bit.But as we all know the tallent they have on their day they can force any team to taste dust.Being a fan of W.I ckt I must suggest them that beside of thrashing on every delievery they must concentrate on ticking singles to rotate the strike that is the biggest area which require a bit of concern.Hope this time they will play well.Gayle need a bit of sensible approach he must understand the value of his wicket and the bowlers should bowl on the right places to make the world no 1 spinner IMPACTFULL.Lets hope this time they will come good and give their fans something to cheer.!"...

  • Nampally on June 28, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    WI team is a strong team when it can harness its immense talent. They have in Gayle & smith, 2 of the best openers who can produce at high S/R. Samuels & Bravo Bothers present a good middle order whilst Pollard & Sammy are strong finishers. their bowling is the weak link with only Narine in the world class. Rampal is a steady seamer whilst Bravo, Best & Roach are unpredictable. They may have to press in Samuels & Gayle to help out with their spinners. So the best WI can expect is to put up a big total of 300+ & hope their bowling can get the opposition out within that total. SL, on the other hand, has 2 strong &experienced batsmen in Sanga, Jayawardene. The rest of the batting is unpredictable. They have a steady bowling attack led by Malinga, Kulasekera, Mrndis & Senanayake. So SL will try to limit WI batting to 250 & hope their batting can score the required runs. This is going to be a close match & the form of Gayle & Smith will determine the winner!

  • on June 28, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    West Indies will not have home advantage because both Sri Lanka and India have the teams that can successfully exploit the conditions on the pitch come what may. WI problem as far I am concern is being able to bat out the 50 overs consistently but time will tell. For me an important cog in the wheel is Sarwan, the best batsman in the team with an average of 40 plus in both form of the game a fete match only by some of our cricketers of yester year and quite an achievement. This is the key to our middle order batting again time will tell.

  • Donsshaddow on June 28, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    On their day, West Indies can beat any side in the world. They currently have an extremely talented outfit that has excelled in the shorter formats of the game. Pollard, Gayle and co can be a handful if they come good. For the sake of the people of the Caribbean I hope the big guns fire. For starters they will be playing on familiar turf and conditions, but they would need to tackle one game at a time and hope by the end of the tri-series they come out on top. Mind you both India and Sri Lanka are impressive sides as well.

  • Htc-Android on June 28, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Perfect team. We should play both Mendis and Sachitra against WI. They are a horrible side against spin. In the batting line up Chandimal should bat at his usual No.4 position. He was doing well at that position and Mahela once said, he was a longterm No.4. Dont know why it is changed now? Jeevan mendis should come in place of thirimanne just to get that extra bowler option. If tharanga fails then Thirimanne should replace him.

  • on June 28, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Indian will be under pressure against SL bowling, impossible to justify. Malinga, always treated by Indian batsmen as a street level bowler has an economy rate of 6 against India while Kulasekara has 5.40. Rangana Herath has taken ONLY 3 wickets in his 9 ODIs against India. Ajantha Mendis has taken 3 wickets in last 5 ODIs against India at an economy rate of 6.36 averaging 104.

  • Davo234 on June 28, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Hugely exciting series between 3 of the best teams in the world. I'll be following closely on cricinfo - but I can't help that tang of regret that this could've been a top class test series, following on from the exciting series based in Sri Lanka. I'd love to see Sanga repeat Gayle's innings on Caribbean turf!

  • on June 28, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Even though I am an Indian, I have to say that WI have a slight advantage over India. They know the conditions better, home support, most of the players in good form. Whereas Indian middle order looks a bit wobbly and if its an off day for the top order, things can get a bit dicey. Even though the bowling has improved, it is still unreliable in the death overs. However the momentum is definitely with the Indian team and fingers crossed for Indian victory

  • Tal_Botvinnik on June 28, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    K Perera, D Chandimal, L Thrimanne MUST bat at the top three today, Mahela to open, Sanga at No 05. Kusal must keep, its better to have a young wicketkeeper than a oldie. Need Sachitra instead of Herath, becoz he is a attacking spinner than a line and length herath. Dimuth Karunaratne bagged both the Man of the series and is still not selected, hope Jeewan or Dilhara picks a injury and dimuth comes in.

  • Otuwa on June 28, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Wish you all the best to KUSAL.It's time yo perform............

  • on June 28, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    "Against W. I both the touring team will try to exploit the conditions as the pitches in Caribbean has slowed down a bit.But as we all know the tallent they have on their day they can force any team to taste dust.Being a fan of W.I ckt I must suggest them that beside of thrashing on every delievery they must concentrate on ticking singles to rotate the strike that is the biggest area which require a bit of concern.Hope this time they will play well.Gayle need a bit of sensible approach he must understand the value of his wicket and the bowlers should bowl on the right places to make the world no 1 spinner IMPACTFULL.Lets hope this time they will come good and give their fans something to cheer.!"...

  • Nampally on June 28, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    WI team is a strong team when it can harness its immense talent. They have in Gayle & smith, 2 of the best openers who can produce at high S/R. Samuels & Bravo Bothers present a good middle order whilst Pollard & Sammy are strong finishers. their bowling is the weak link with only Narine in the world class. Rampal is a steady seamer whilst Bravo, Best & Roach are unpredictable. They may have to press in Samuels & Gayle to help out with their spinners. So the best WI can expect is to put up a big total of 300+ & hope their bowling can get the opposition out within that total. SL, on the other hand, has 2 strong &experienced batsmen in Sanga, Jayawardene. The rest of the batting is unpredictable. They have a steady bowling attack led by Malinga, Kulasekera, Mrndis & Senanayake. So SL will try to limit WI batting to 250 & hope their batting can score the required runs. This is going to be a close match & the form of Gayle & Smith will determine the winner!

  • on June 28, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    West Indies will not have home advantage because both Sri Lanka and India have the teams that can successfully exploit the conditions on the pitch come what may. WI problem as far I am concern is being able to bat out the 50 overs consistently but time will tell. For me an important cog in the wheel is Sarwan, the best batsman in the team with an average of 40 plus in both form of the game a fete match only by some of our cricketers of yester year and quite an achievement. This is the key to our middle order batting again time will tell.

  • thilina88 on June 28, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    i have a feeling Gayle will score big today!!!!

  • mar2000 on June 28, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    We in the Caribbean are "serious" about our cricket . the picture is showing BRAVO as a "party animal" .

  • kc69 on June 28, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I see things a little different as both teams equally capable of winning but the biggest factor is not exactly the team composition but conditions they play in. As Sanga and Mahela are crucial for SL so is Chris Gayle. I have a strong feeling that Gayle is going to score big at least in one match this tournament(may or may not be this match against SL). But believe me when Windies get going its just going to be entertainment.

  • on June 28, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    does this tri series will bring in good performance from the participating teams?ca has decided to stop to conduct the tri series why? sufficient thoughts should be given before arranging such meaningless or adjustment series.(in lieu of tests series between sl/wi this arrangement.icc also should give thought on this point before granting approval for such series.bcci should have thought over this before agreeing to participate in the triangular series.

  • ArvindKejriwal_mfpatel810rediff on June 28, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    The talent is really flowing in SL..... Please look at details of their performaNce against WI- A team

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/631937.html

  • Haider-pak-awsome on June 28, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    @Gsamiru, I agree with you and this what I actually meanr. SL & Ind both teams do not stand a chance against mighty WI. Especially when WI are playing in their familiar conditions.

  • bravetigersmustwin on June 28, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    I wish all the best for the WI teams to win this match one sided and show their dominance.

  • Sundara-Chandare on June 28, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    East or West Sri Lanka is the best....

  • on June 28, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    As a SL cricket fan, I always think why selectors cannot think advisably when it matters.for an example lokuhettige. I have seen when he was playing first class cricket in SL.what a talented guy he is.but no one gave him a proper chance.age gone.again called in an unexpected time. Dear selectors,please give chances to the players when they have energy, enthusiasm and most importantly when they top of the peak with their skills as otherwise you would lose fans gradually.

  • BDforeverr on June 28, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    It will be cake walk win for Sri Lanka. Mathews will prove he is the best captain ever.

  • on June 28, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    @All SL Fans: India winning match after winning toss::: Won due to toss India winning batting first::: Pitch was flat in 1st inning & became difficult to bat in 2nd inning India loosing batting first: Can::t play swinging & seaming balls India winning batting second: Pitch became easy for batting in 2nd inning India loosing batting second: Can't handle pressure of chasing

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 28, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    This is a useless try series. SL should have rested seniours, Mahela, Sanga, Kula and Mali. Try the young guns to get experience. Otherwise play only 2 of these and give 2 young players.

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 28, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    I like how all 3 sides all have their best sides out ! should make for some great cricket all round.

  • AkDoN on June 28, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I dono in which era the SL fans are they are talking about IND/MSD Lucky ...and some foolish plan of 150..cant they expect good cricket out of their own player for wining over IND or WI...Wake up fans this is not magic show.

  • on June 28, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    if mathews wasnt captain he should go out for eranga

  • Slesh on June 28, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    this should be the line up in the whole tournament. 1.Chandimal 2.Kusal 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Mathews 6.Jeewan 7.Lokkuhetige 8.Kulasekara 9.Malinga 10.Sachithra 11.Mendis

  • bravetigersmustwin on June 28, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @Htc-Android I dont think WI are bad against spin like SA. Infact they are the best talent in the world and somehow they cant play as team because of poor teaqm management. Jamaicans rule the cricket individually and that is evident through IPL. Nobody can imagine IPL without these WI players

  • yorkslanka on June 28, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Agree with vssarma,karunaratne has played well whenever he got the chance so don't know why he isn't in the squad. I am glad tharanga is back as have always rated him.yes he went through a bad patch,but who doesn't??

  • ghtvnath on June 28, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    I don't know whether Mahela-Sanga-Dili trio are planning to play until 2015 world cup, and if they are, I wish they stay in good form. Because in sub continent countries,its always the case where legendary cricketers who are true masters of the game in their time, also make things tough for the team at the end of their career.So, Dilshan's injury, in one way, comes as a blessing and using that opportunity with Tharanga is a good option because, although some people seems to have forgotten, he have played some good cricket for the country, still young in his 28.I hope that he will get this opportunity right.I see people talking about the new faces like Dimuthu and Angelo Perera, but we need good experience too, and Tharanga does have that.

  • on June 28, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Herath will play his the best we have and our captain likes him but I along side him medis should play as well.

  • gsamiru on June 28, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    @ Haiderpakawsome How can you say that NZ deserves a place in Semi over SL. They just managed to win a single game due to Bruce Oxenford's bad umpiring and unless that Bad decision SL will meet SA in Semi and will be in final with IND. Don't be so harsh analyzing. Every team has a transformation period where team's performances are not that high, there can be so may failures than successes. India got such period around 2007 where they couldn't even qualify for Super Six in WC 2007. Aus and SL are going through such period now. So when Aus, SL come to a reliable position some other team like India stars there transformation period in which Aus, SL will be a far better team than India, just like 2007. So this is a cycle every one gets its better and bitter times respectively. What's more important is how fast you can go through your transformation. SL should do this without taking too much time like Aus. GO SL !

  • yorkslanka on June 28, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    This will be an interesting series BUT I would have much preferred it if Mahela ,Sanga & Herath were left out to let the juniors get used to playing top level cricket.good luck to Sri Lanka

  • priceless1 on June 28, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @vsssarma agree with your point , seriously cannot figure out why Senanayake doesnt get a game , he is the best Spinner in SL side

  • siri12345 on June 28, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Any sensible cricket fan can easily see this match as the final be4 the final.

  • vsssarma on June 28, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    It is time to check the Lankan batsmen, the number of ODI matches each played, performance per match in BATTING during the last 2 years.

    Karunaratne (2) 39.8 Sangakkara (52) 39.6 Dilshan (58) 34.5 Jayawardene (53) 34.5 Tharanga (41) 28.8 Chamara Silva (4) 28.2 Chandimal (52) 28 Angelo Mathews (53) 26.1 MDKJ Perera (11) 24.4 Thirimanne (40) 22.4 Kapugedera (5) 19.1 BMAJ Mendis (30) 18.4 Thisara Perera (38) 14.8 Kulasekara (47) 12.8 Kandamby (4) 11.9 Randiv (5) 11.7 Senanayake (10) 11.7 CKB Kulasekara (4) 10.3 Maharoof (10) 9.2 KTGD Prasad (7) 9 Malinga (58) 5.8 Prasanna (9) 4.2 Herath (29) 3.2 Lakmal (8) 2.9 Ajantha Mendis (9) 2.1 Pradeep (2) 1.6 Eranga (8) 1.3 Weerakoon, Udana 2 matches each 0 marks.

    As some one pointed out here, Karunaratne should have been picked up.

  • vsssarma on June 28, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Over the last 2 years, how did SL players bowl and bat ? How many ODI matches they played ? I checked up my computer and it gave me the following BOWLING performances per match and the number of matches.

    Randiv (5) 64.7 Senanayake (10) 61.1 Herath (29) 60.7 Maharoof (10) 54.7 Kulasekara (47) 53.6 Malinga (58) 52.6 Pradeep (2) 49.1 KTGD Prasad (7) 46.4 Ajantha Mendis (9) 41.5 Thisara Perera (38) 39.4 Angelo Mathews (53) 35.6 Weerakoon (2) 35.4 Lakmal (8) 34.6 Prasanna (9) 34.4 Dilhara Fernando (6) 32.5 BMAJ Mendis (30) 30 RMS Eranga (8) 27 I Udana (2) 18.1 Dilshan (58) 17.8 CKB Kulasekara (4) 10.7

    Omission of Suraj Randiv is very surprising. And Senanayake doesn't get matches. Plight of the Lankan ODI cricket.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on June 28, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    @Sihina Nimnaka, there is big difference between Aussie struggle vs SL. Oz already have good players in their XI as well as in their bench. They were only lacking fighting spirit due to the coach. We can already see their recovery in tour match after they sacked Arther. However SL issues are both quality as well as spirit. SL are relying havily on Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan. If Dilshan is away it means there is no one to score quick. Mahela and Sanga can only drag the inning to 50 overs but they can't score quick enough. I won't be surprised if Mahela - Sanga together play all 50overs and still manage to make on 150-160runs which will be only 1-2 power-play job for Gayle + Pollard. Mark my words SL are going to be GAYLED today.

  • on June 28, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    I think the Lankans will find it difficult for Sri Lanka to even win a single game here.They were lucky to make it to the semis and eventually got hammered by India in typical English conditions.THey are really struggling to find one top-class bowler who can be the captain's go-to man.Malinga's powers have been on the wane.Expect the WI-India clashes to be very competitive.

  • Thyagu5432 on June 28, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Here is the issue that SL will have. WI is vulnerable against spin but decent against Pace. India plays Spin closing their eyes while the kind of Pace that we have in this series shouldn't be an issue for them.SL are decent against both spin and pace.

    India can have a bowling side which can have both pace and spin in ample measure, can cause lot of problems for the WI and can tilt their bowling balance on the fly one way or the other depending on what works on any given day against SL. Whereas SL has to play a team which is either tilted towards spin or pace. They cannot tilt it on the fly.

    As it stands it is advantage India.

  • on June 28, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    i have a feeling that this WI's side will one day rise to the top in ODI's when u look at all the batting and the bowling options they have got...

  • SameeraHMRN on June 28, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Sri lanka has chance to win this match, Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene good form now

  • gangulys. on June 28, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    INdia will win again this series under the captaincy of IRON MAN DHONI...

  • on June 28, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    @Haiderpakawsome it may be jurassic park my friend. Lol! this is more of a rebuilding period for SL like AUS. hope for the best

  • cockpitcrew on June 28, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    I see Srilanka as a team with very high potential, it has trustful players but you will have to wait to see them delivering.Jayawardena,Chandimal, Perera,Mathews,Dilshan, Sangakkara are far more class then the huge hitting power of the westindies.It's matter of time when they start realizing the perfect team combinations and start to show some responsibility.I see Nuwan kulasekara as a very capable all-rounder, rating him higher than many in the game.Introspection and planning will lead them home.

  • cric1984 on June 28, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    These matches are on WI pitches so there will some problem for SL and IND while WI has advantage. IND has also good advantage coz they have won Champion trophy. Thishara Prera should play on these pitches but he is in the team. Hope so it will good to see these matches.

  • ajithabey on June 28, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Dimuth Karunaratne should have been selected to this squad especially after showing good form in the carribean and taking the player of the series award during the recently concluded "A" tour to the West Indies instead of Lokuhettige who at 32 years has very little to offer to the team except warming the bench and carrying the drinks. Sanath Jayasuriya as chief selector should focus on the future composition of the team especially focusing on possible replacements for Dilshan, Sanga & Mahela before the next world cup.

  • on June 28, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    My team 1. Kusal 2. Chandimal 3.Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Mathews 6.thirimane 7. Logu 8. Senanayake 9. Kula 10. Malinga 11. A mendis

  • on June 28, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    SL should stick with mendis for long period of time. he want a long run. mathews should give him the confidence. remember 2008. he can run through any opposition on his day.

  • TZ9383 on June 28, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Today My Sri Lankan T 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Mahela Jayawardene, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Angelo Mathews (capt), 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Lahiru Thirimanne, 7 Nuwan Kulasekara 8 Rangana Herath , 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Shaminda Eranga

  • hotcric01 on June 28, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    WI's main problem is their batting(Just like Pakistan,New Zealand,Australia).They are vulnerable against spin.Mendis would be a good weapon against them.Miller should have been in WI squad.He is bowling really well.If windies play to their potential,they have a good chance in this series.

  • siri12345 on June 28, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    west indies pitches are absolutely true pitches with true pace,true bounce and turn for spinners.u can also bat well if u r a good batsman.and more over result of the match will be decided on field unlike england where winning the toss means winning the match (if match is played 50 overs n not 20 overs where it become more lottery).this series will prove actually which team is the best team and whether ct results r for real or not.all the teams have equal chance but sl will start as a little favourite as we have a well balanced team in all department and moreover result will b decided on field and not off it like england.hopefully u publish it this time cricinfo

  • on June 28, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    i think mahela will open for give a chance to new young batman to gain the confidence against a minnow side

  • Darkmanx12155 on June 28, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    @ MunafAhmed811: Ha ha That's a good one MAN....

    @ Baseball--Sucks : Mate... I think you are in 1996 or something... Wake up pls... SL has no advantage over the best ODI team in the world dude... India will win this title too with the GOD OF CAPTAINS MSD leading from the front... India is the best and even if they go against a world team, India will win.. to beat India, you need a team from out of space mate.. so stop living in the past and accept that SL can't beat India. Cheers

  • Wolverine77 on June 28, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Sorry Cricinfo... Wrong team selection for SL... Jeevan Mendis is a MUST in SL team because you can't possibly expect SL to go to a match against any team with ONLY 4 front line bowlers... Since this isn't IPL or BBL, Matthews isn't going to bowl 10 overs... I hope Sachithra will get a chance. Ajantha still is a BIG question mark. Do you guys really think he is better than little Herath???? One thing for sure.. Roach/Best or Narine will pick a 5 for.

  • on June 28, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    tisara should be playing rather than going home. poor selection by the bcsl. have to give him more chances to boost his confidence.( like opening him or top of the order) he batted in the difficult periods when sl needs more than run a ball or power plays or last 2,3 overs. although it suits his game but it had cost him his place of the team. should have rested senior players and give some youngsters a chance. cos we have nothing to loose and nothing to prove at the moment.will have to plan for wc 2015. have to done right now otherwise it's too late. at least do it in south african tour to sri lanka.lankan team is not playing attacking cricket at the moment and past few years. too many dot balls when batting and allow lot of singles when fielding.have to change it.otherwise it getting boring to see them playing.also it has cost them in matches. have to change it. anyway best of luck for lankan team

  • TheShawshankRedemption on June 28, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    I think saying new generation did not play well in CT'13 is wrong. Thirumanne showed good maturity along with Mahela in Aus game and scored a 50. Matthews scored a 50 in SF. Kusal did not fire. Chandimal is next Sangakarra has he did well in the past. Both Mendis have that potential to make good players. More match winning contributions however was missing. Matthews promotion of Kulasekara in Eng game showed promise that he has thinking brain. When Mahela and Sanga throned away captaincy all of us tipped Matthews is next best but now we are criticizing him. Give him time and freedom and he will learn. Do not compare Matthews with Dhoni of India. That is one big mistake everyone of us does. Not everyone can be Dhoni.

  • KingOwl on June 28, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    This will be an even contest. Under most neutral conditions, SL will easily beat WI. But at home, WI will be quite competitive.

  • on June 28, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    On which TV Channel it can be watched live in India?

  • Haider-pak-awsome on June 28, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    SL were lucky to reach semi's in CT at the cost of more deserving Kiwis. However in this triangular series rain won't come to rescue SL. I could foresee total dominance by WI batting in the entire tournament. I don't think SL winning even single match in entire tournament.

  • arjun401 on June 28, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    SL have chance over the WI, SL have clasic batsmans like tharanga,sangakara,jayavardhana,chandimal. they can stabulize the inings at any canditions in odi bats man can well satilled in creas and provide big inings throgh the bat that kind of nature cantains in SL, wi also have bignames like gyale,bravo,pollard,samule and sammy they can change match any time in t20 but odi its possible or not. mendis dissmissed gayel in number of times. go SL go.

  • WTEH on June 28, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    It is going to be a walk in park alright!!! But have to see which team... Hope Windies fans will not underestimate the mighty lions.

  • on June 28, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    In which era can WI beat Sri Lanka???

  • on June 28, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Expect a tough contest.WI may struggle against mendis and Mali.

  • ODOM1 on June 27, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    W.I batting lineup looks strong especially with Charles as keeper, batting is up to 8 or 9. Big question will W.I consider this an option.

  • kc69 on June 27, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    @Baseball--Sucks: You are quite optimistic my friend,but I will not agree with your reasoning. Actually Sri Lanka will be under a lot of pressure as they missed out in their previous series and many players (except Sanga and Mahela) not performing well. The major problem with SL cricket is its batting revolves much around Sanga and Mahela (with no Dilshan). Unless anyone else stands up and performs I seriously don't see SL performing well in this series. And watch out for my man "Chris Gayle" because when he strikes nothing can stop him-so its safer for SL to get him early.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on June 27, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    It is going to be a walk in park for WI. If batting first WI would put a total of at least 350 that will be impossible for weaker SL batting.

  • Woodinville20 on June 27, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    I like Tharanga but he's really been failing in the last few chances he's been getting. Maybe open with Lahiru??

  • Herath-UK on June 27, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    This is a bit over the board ,Sri Lanka have had definitely a clear upper hand over the WI in recent time the only blip being in the home loss to them which too was unexpected one off sort of win by the WI. Sri Lanka were the clear favourites there Mendis weaving the magic but lost the grip for whatever reason. However Mathew hasn't risen up to the task yet so the game is wide open. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • MunafAhmed811 on June 27, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka does have a bright future true and superman exists too

  • Baseball--Sucks on June 27, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka has the clear advantage over WI & India . The boys are very relaxed and confident , the WI pace attack and india batting will be under high pressure from this enhanced SL team . If they believes in them they shud win all matches against India .

  • on June 27, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka does have a bright future. The players have a chance to prove their potential. Methews must inject some confidence in the new brigade and help them out at tough times. all the best for the opening game to both the teams.

  • on June 27, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka does have a bright future. The players have a chance to prove their potential. Methews must inject some confidence in the new brigade and help them out at tough times. all the best for the opening game to both the teams.

  • Baseball--Sucks on June 27, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka has the clear advantage over WI & India . The boys are very relaxed and confident , the WI pace attack and india batting will be under high pressure from this enhanced SL team . If they believes in them they shud win all matches against India .

  • MunafAhmed811 on June 27, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka does have a bright future true and superman exists too

  • Herath-UK on June 27, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    This is a bit over the board ,Sri Lanka have had definitely a clear upper hand over the WI in recent time the only blip being in the home loss to them which too was unexpected one off sort of win by the WI. Sri Lanka were the clear favourites there Mendis weaving the magic but lost the grip for whatever reason. However Mathew hasn't risen up to the task yet so the game is wide open. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Woodinville20 on June 27, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    I like Tharanga but he's really been failing in the last few chances he's been getting. Maybe open with Lahiru??

  • Haider-pak-awsome on June 27, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    It is going to be a walk in park for WI. If batting first WI would put a total of at least 350 that will be impossible for weaker SL batting.

  • kc69 on June 27, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    @Baseball--Sucks: You are quite optimistic my friend,but I will not agree with your reasoning. Actually Sri Lanka will be under a lot of pressure as they missed out in their previous series and many players (except Sanga and Mahela) not performing well. The major problem with SL cricket is its batting revolves much around Sanga and Mahela (with no Dilshan). Unless anyone else stands up and performs I seriously don't see SL performing well in this series. And watch out for my man "Chris Gayle" because when he strikes nothing can stop him-so its safer for SL to get him early.

  • ODOM1 on June 27, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    W.I batting lineup looks strong especially with Charles as keeper, batting is up to 8 or 9. Big question will W.I consider this an option.

  • on June 28, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Expect a tough contest.WI may struggle against mendis and Mali.

  • on June 28, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    In which era can WI beat Sri Lanka???