Sri Lanka vs West Indies, LIVE SCORE, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match Updates: Angelo Mathews bowls out the final over and gives away just three runs off it as Sri Lanka win the contest by 23 runs! Cottrell and Thomas knock the ball around for singles, with the dismissal of Pooran snuffing out their chances of posting an unlikely victory.
Sri Lanka's 20-run win over England had breathed life into their inconsistent campaign but a defeat against South Africa, in the very next game, hurt their semi-finals chances.
The 1996 champions, who are seventh in the points table with six points from seven matches, need to win their final two games, and hope for favourable outcomes in the England and Pakistan's next fixtures.
With Sri Lanka's batting unit misfiring, the onus to secure favourable results has always been put on the experienced bowling attack led by veteran speedster Lasith Malinga. And with Nuwan Pradeep's exit (due to chickenpox), Sri Lanka will rely heavily on their bowling spearhead once again.
Jason Holder-led Windies, on the other hand, will look to finish on a high after being knocked out.
West Indies came into the tournament, tipped as a potential surprise package, especially after scoring 421 in the warm-up victory over New Zealand. They also started their World Cup campaign with a bang, demolishing Pakistan by seven wickets.
But since then, have gone from bad to worse. With five defeats, despite some bits of impressive cricket to them, the side has failed to hold on to their nerves in crucial junctures.
They currently occupy the penultimate spot just above Afghanistan on the points table, having crashed out of the semi-final race. But with nothing to lose, the West Indies will be playing for pride and could be unstoppable if their destructive batting line up, comprising power hitters like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite and Shai Hope, clicks.
West Indies Team Players: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(w), Ashley Nurse, Andre Russell, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell.
Sri Lanka Team Players: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva.
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(With inputs from PTI)