Sri Lanka vs West Indies T20I series 2020 – 1st T20
First meeting of the series of two T20I matches between Sri Lanka and West Indies is going to be played at the PICS, Kandy.
West Indies Tour of Sri Lanka History
This is just a 2nd T20I series between the teams. The only t20I series between the teams resulted into draw.
The maiden t20I series between the teams were played on Sri Lankan soil, which concluded as draw.
Overall, the teams met each other on 9 occasions. West Indies won thrice, whereas, Sri Lanka won remaining 6 games.
When West Indies visited Sri Lanka, the teams played 4 matches, and the visitors won twice, and same for the host.
Victory brings points:
The contest is between the eighth rank team and tenth rank. Both the teams have chance to improve their rank through two-nil. If host want to increase the point, the team has to win the series without any defeat. On the other hand, a single win can help the visitor to gain the points.
None of the teams will lose their position in case of match or series defeat, but the teams will lose the points. The visiting team is at the low risk compare to the host, as the team will lose the point, only if the series will be completed without any win for the team.
Result of the first match will not bother visiting team’s current position, but beneficial for the host. If the home team will win, then the team will gain a point and the opponent will lose one. And, if the visitor will win, then the team will gain two points and opposition will lose three.
Weather forecast of the Kandy shows the weather would be partly cloudy throughout the match in Kandy. But, Rain would not be expected, as the precipitation percentage would be very low. The temperature would be in 20s, and wind would be almost nil.
Toss and Pitch:
Teams usually do not have any preference after winning the toss till date, as teams chose to field first as well as bat first same times (10 times each). Though, chose to bat first after winning the toss favored the team, and the teams won 4 times and lost 5 times. On the other hand, the teams who chose to field first, after winning the toss, won the matches only once, and lost 7 times. Overall, only 5 times the teams, won the toss, won the matches and lost 12 times with 2 ties, 1 with no result and 1 abandoned without toss. The ground looks like lose either toss or match.
Particularly, for Sri Lanka, the team won the toss 8 times out of 14 times, but the team won only thrice and lost 4 times.
Moreover, the host never lost a match against visitors, but also never won the toss as well.
The first batting team won the matches 11 times, whereas, the teams, who batted second, won the matches 6 times.
The lowest defended total was 125, and the highest successful chase was 178 runs on the venue.
The first inning lowest total was 125 (Completed innings), and, and the highest total was 263 runs, which was highest total at that time. And for the second inning, the lowest total was 88 (completed innings), whereas highest was 185 run.
Batting average of the first inning at the ground is 29.06 and 23.24 for the second inning.
History Between the Teams:
Both the teams faced each other on the venue just twice, and the visitors never won and faced the defeat in both meetings. The visiting team got a chance to play couple more matches with other opponents. In which, the team won once, the other one was tied, but still, the team was able to manage to win by one over eliminator.
ODI History at Venue:
The home side has pretty good record at the venue, and won 8 matches out of 15 encounters and lost just 4 matches, with one tie, one without any result and one abandoned without toss.
Tentative XI for both the Teams:
The host would prefer to have fast bowler and spinner combination on the pitch.
Sri Lanka Eleven: A. Fernando, N. Dickwella / K. Mendis, K. Parera, S. Jayasuriya, A. Mathews, D. Shanaka, T. Parera, W. Hasaranga, I. Udana, L. Malinga, L. Sandakan
The visitors would also prefer to have pace-spin combination.
West Indies Eleven: L. Simmons, S. Hope, S. Hetmyer, N. Pooran, K. Pollard, D. Bravo, A. Russell, F. Allen, H. Walsh, S. Cottrell, K. Williams