T20 World Cup. West Indies won their two T20 matches against Sri Lanka with several positives and negatives that have come out.
West Indies won the first two matches of the T20 World Cup with victory against Sri Lanka by 41 runs. Not only did they not only win, but they also made the total far larger than the target set. Lanka needed 186 to win and they came up with a total of 196 with some questionable shots and strong partnerships. West Indies registered their third-ever T20 win over Sri Lanka when they played in this tournament. Also, they kept Sri Lanka below 200 for the second time in this tournament.
West Indies stuck to their guns and kept Sri Lanka under 200. No matter what the result was, West Indies had beaten the Lankans to keep the wicket positive. There were no more attacking shots and just good solid performances. No mistakes were made on the field, and they adapted their game without making any big changes to their strategy.
Sri Lanka lost the third match by just 1 run, but they gained some points as well. For Sri Lanka, this was quite an ugly show; they averaged under 100 as an outfit and they thought they were always chasing. They were ok in one session with two 50s, but they were not good throughout the game. They were able to break out of the slump by playing their natural game. The idea was to keep the defending champions all out of the match.
Sri Lanka gave West Indies a stiff fight for about 18 overs, but they were not good enough to win. They were outplayed by a good cricket side.
There were some signs of the same negative traits that were responsible for the defeat of the first match against India. In that match, they shot their wicket partners and they did not have any luck. Those things should not be happening in this tournament. When you look at the team, everyone should be on the same level. I do not think everyone in the squad is up to the pressure of the game.
Again, the next match against India should not be like it was against Sri Lanka. It should be like it was against Sri Lanka.
The fact that West Indies is not among the top-five teams in the world is an indicator to not consider the spinners as a major threat. In the last tour of India, they should have taken more chances against the spinners. They should have left Wade out and instead played Bredson and Hodge.
I do not believe that Kusal Perera has improved. The fact that he is not able to average over 42 is also strange and not a good sign for Sri Lanka. I do not think he is capable of handling the pressure of a big tournament. Sri Lanka has not had a replacement for Angelo Mathews, who is not doing well yet after returning from injury. He should have worked his way back into the team. He is missing and will not be available for the next match.
Sri Lanka’s whole team should have a better and more balanced performance. They should be able to beat bigger and better teams.
At the end of the tournament, the group is made up of 2 teams, and no one is in the top-5. After Australia and England, Sri Lanka is the weakest team in the tournament. The fact that they lost both matches shows that they have more flaws than any other team.
I do not think they played them strong enough. Sure, they had two good matches, but I think their overall display could have been improved. I do not believe that they did not get their final playing XI right, just with the batting lineup. Kusal Perera, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, and Lutho Sipamla are all below average. T20 World Cup After seeing the performance of the batting line-up, the batsmen should be responsible for any of their poor showings.
I do not think the Sri Lankan spinners did the best they could and I wonder if their pacer will have better displays. In the next match, they have to have a good start. After the fourth match, I do not think Sri Lanka will be able to win a match against any other team.
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