Sri Lanka will face West Indies in Match 39 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Riverside Cricket Stadium in Chester-le-Street on Monday.
Sri Lanka Cricket Team had a very poor run of performances before a 20-run win over England pumped life in their campaign. However, nine-wicket defeat against South Africa jeopardized their further chances in the tournament.
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.
Kusal Perera: the left-handed opener has only made 191 runs from his 5 matches but leads his side in terms of the strike-rate and thus becomes an automatic selection.
Chris Gayle should be the next one in your team for sure. The big-hitting West Indian opener hasn’t been at his best in the tournament so far with 200 runs from seven games but it becomes very difficult to overlook a batsman like Chris Gayle when making a Dream11 team as he can take apart any bowling lineup on his day.
Avishka Fernando has had good starts against England and South Africa and he should be your batsman at No 3. Shimron Hetmyer would be a good choice at No.4 as the young West Indian has all the talent in the world and is dangerous on his day. He is averaging over 37 in this tournament.
Shai Hope should be your automatic choice for wicket-keeper as he has scored 192 runs with an average of 32 for the Windies.
Carlos Brathwaite should be the first all-rounder in your team as he showed his class with the bat against New Zealand when he almost pulled off a miracle with his maiden hundred but sadly his knock went in vain.
Thisara Perera can be your other all-rounder in the team with his ability to strike big when required with the bat and also pick up wickets.
Lasith Malinga seems the first name in your bowling department. Malinga showed glimpses of his heyday against England with 4 wickets to his name and rattle any batting line-up on his day.
Sheldon Cottrell has been fast and furious for the Windies and provided a lot of wickets for them with the new ball. He has picked 11 wickets from 7 games at 25.45 which also includes a four-wicket haul against New Zealand. Isuru Udana and Oshane Thomas can be next two picks for your dream 11 team.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Dream11 suggested Playing XI: Kusal Perera (vice-captain), Chris Gayle, Avishka Fernando, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite(captain), Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Sheldon Cottrell, Isuru Udana and Oshane Thomas.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Ashley Nurse, Shannon Gabriel
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Milinda Siriwardana, Kasun Rajitha