Read this article for ICC World Cup match 39 - Sri Lanka vs West Indies game analysis, Sri Lanka vs West Indies Dream11 team prediction, match summary, probable XI and more.
Sri Lanka's World Cup campaign might look to be all but over, but going mathematically, the island nation still have a slim chance of sneaking through to the semifinals provided they win their remaining two games and the results in the other group matches go their way.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies: Sri Lanka in must-win situation vs Windies
Today, the Dimuth Karunaratne-led side will look to give their best against the West Indies who are already out of contention for a place in the knockouts.
Sri Lanka are placed seventh on the points table with six points from seven matches and will need to win their remaining two games besides hoping for favourable outcomes in England and Pakistan's remaining fixtures.
The Jason Holder-led West Indies, on the other hand, have managed just one win from seven outings while one match was washed out. With only three points in their kitty, the two-time former champions have nothing to lose and will aim to finish on a high and spoil Sri Lanka's slim chances of advancing to the semifinals.
Inconsistent batting was the reason behind Sri Lanka's loss to the Proteas and Karunaratne should ask his batsmen to step up as it will be now or never for them. Also, West Indies pose a challenging bowling attack and it won't be easy for the Lankan batsmen to score easily against them.
With a below par batting attack, a lot will depend on the Lankan bowlers to restrict the Windies to a low score. Their bowling will once again be spearheaded by veteran speedster Lasith Malinga. With Nuwan Pradeep's exit from the tournament due to chickenpox, Sri Lanka will rely heavily on Malinga to come good.
The West Indies batting line-up posses some great power-hitters who can destroy even the best bowling attack of the world when on song. Their destructive batting line-up features Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Carlos Brathwaite and if any one of them clicks, life would be miserable for the Lankan bowlers.
Their bowling will once again be led by Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and the experienced Kemar Roach.
Both Sri Lanka and West Indies, who are coming on the back of losses against South Africa and India, respectively, have clashed a total of 56 times in ODIs with the Lions winning 25 of them and the Caribbean side emerging victorious on 28 occasions.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies: Dream 11 top picks
The Sri Lankans have a great set of players but they are struggling to find their foothold. From their team, you've got to pick Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera and Lasith Malinga. The players have a great synergy with one another and will look to win this game as their performance has not been up to the mark. The players will certainly put their best foot forward today.
Over to the West Indies side, they too have some great players. From their team, it would be wise to pick Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell and Nicholas Pooran. They are consistent performers in the game and will look to win today's match as it is a do or die situation for their team. They will also try their level best to make sure that Russel's absence is not an issue.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies: Match Prediction
Sri Lanka vs West Indies: Squads
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Ambris, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Darren Bravo, Fabian Allen.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kasun Rajitha , Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies: Probable XI
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis/Jeffrey Vandersay, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen/Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.