- Match: Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 2nd ODI, West Indies tour of Sri Lanka, 2020
- Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
- Time: 09:00 AM GMT
- Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
The 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at Colombo turned out to be a high-scoring and thrilling affair which the home side won by just 1 wicket. Chasing a target of 290, Sri Lanka were 262-8 at one stage but managed to retain their nerves and clinched a thrilling win to go 1-0 up in the 3-match series. The 2nd ODI on February 26 at Hambantota is now nicely set up.
Sri Lanka’s batting unit performed collectively in the last game. Openers Avishka Fernando (50) and captain Dimuth Karunaratne(52) set a nice base along with Kusal Perera(42) and Thisara Perera (32). However, it was Wanindu Hasaranga’s unbeaten 42 that helped them clinch the chase. The team would also expect more from Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews in this match.
Their bowling is largely dependent on Nuwan Pradeep and spinners Lakshan Sandakan and Wanindu Hasaranga. Isuru Udana conceded 82 runs in the 1st ODI and Thisara Perera didn’t look penetrative. The bowling unit would have to do a lot better if they hope to won the series.
Opener Shai Hope was once again the star for the West Indies in the last match with a wonderful 115. However, barring Darren Bravo (39) and Roston Chase (41), he didn’t get much support. The others like Sunil Ambris, Nicholas Pooran and captain Kieron Pollard would have to do much better in the second game. If they get going, West Indies would be hard to stop.
The team would also be worried about the lack of form of lead seamer Sheldon Cottrell who went wicket less in the last game. Jason Holder, Keemo Paul and Alzarri Joseph provide depth to the bowling. And spinners Hayden Walsh and Roston Chase are doing a decent job. However, West Indies would need a collective bowling effort to win games.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 2nd ODI Cricket Betting Tips
The pitch at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota is a beautiful ODI deck. It is generally very good for batting but slows down during the middle stages and assists the slower bowlers who have variety. Totals of 300-plus have been achieved here on 9 occasions and the highest total on the venue is 368-5 by Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in 2015.
The team batting first in this game would be looking to put at least 270-280 runs on the board to feel safe as the average total batting first on the venue is 246.
Sri Lanka will certainly have the home advantage in this one and will know how to use their bowlers well on the surface. West Indies is unpredictable and a solid batting show by them might blow the opponents away. However, Sri Lanka looks more composed here at home and thus backing them as the winners of this match is the better option.