Sri Lanka vs West Indies Live Score, World Cup 2019: Kusal Perera dismissed, Sri Lanka lose second wicket

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Sri Lanka vs West Indies Live Score, World Cup 2019, Match 30: Latest updates from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 SL vs WI match at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.

SL 141/2 in 23 overs: Jason Holder gets his main bowler, Sheldon Cottrell, into the attack and Avishka Fernando welcomes the bowler with a huge six over deep midwicket. It was a short ball and Fernando pulled it with all his might and the ball sailed over the ropes. The bowler comes back well and doesn’t leak much after that. 

SL 133/2 in 22 overs: Mendis and Fernando are building up. Medis treats a short ball with disdain while Fernando sends one over the mid-off region for four as West Indies bowlers are lacking intent.

SL 113/2 in 20 overs: Kusal Mendis and Avishka Fernando have a job on hand — to make sure the openers’ hard work isn’t going a waste. The duo have added just nine runs so far as Sri Lanka looks to start from stratch. Also, the West Indies bowlers have their tails up — two new batsmen.

SL 104/2 in 18.2 overs: The only way Kusal Perera looked getting out was though a runout. He was asking for the second run, a risky one, a non-existent one for sure, and was sent back by Fernando but he couldn’t make it. Sheldon Cottrell’s throw to Carlos Brathwaite was on target and yes, he celebrates with the trademark salute!! Meanwhile, the Riverside Ground applauds Kusal Perera as he walks out scoring 64 off 51 balls (8 fours).

SL 100/1 in 17.3 overs: Jason Holder could have got his team the second wicket. Nicholas Pooran drops a sitter, a sitter at this level for sure, and Kusal Perera gets a life. How costly is this miss going to be for West Indies? Perera pulls and Pooran gets into a good position, running towards his left, but he manages to grass it.

SL 94/1 in 15.4 overs: Jason Holder wants two in the over. He reviews a close call, after the umpire calls it no out. No bat as the UltraEdge confirms it but the Ball Tracking says, the ball will miss the leg stump. West Indies loses its review.

SL 93/1 in 15.2 oves: The skipper — Jason Holder removes his opposite number. Dimuth Karunaratne gets an edge and Shai Hope makes no mistake. He is out of 32 (48 balls). Avishka Fernando joins Kusal Perera.

SL 79/0 in 13.2 overs: Kusal Perera taps Jason Holder for a single and gets to his 50. The knock has come in just 38 balls with 7 fours. This is Kusal Perera’s third 50 in the ongoing World Cup. Can he convert this into a big one?

SL 63/0 in 11 overs: 14 runs off the Shannon Gabriel over as Kusal Perera smacks him for three boundaries on the trot. 3-0-28-0 for Gabriel and he has to get back to the drawing board immediately to reduce Jason Holder’s headache. 

SL 50/0 in 10.2 overs: The openers have added 50 in 61 balls with Dimuth Karunaratne on 20 and Kusal Perera on 27. Sri Lanka is off to a good start. Meanwhile, Jason Holder is off the field and has the physio attending to his left leg, just outside the ropes.

SL 47/0 in 9 overs: A blooming opening partnership for Sri Lanka and it has come in good time too. The erring West Indies bowlers aren’t doing much to stem the run flow and the Lankan batsmen are enjoying it, why not!

SL 39/0 in 7 overs: It is a crime to bowl on the pads when the fine leg is up. And Shannon Gabriel has realised it. He strays on the leg side and it is four! He does that twice and it is the same result!

SL 28/0 in 5 overs: Perera starts the over with a tremendous start, targetting the mid-off region but Sheldon Cottrell has come done well to keep the run flow under check.

SL 17/0 in 3 overs: Dimuth Karunaratne gets going too! Two half-volleys from Cottrell and Karunaratne shows his class. First beats the short fine leg fielder and then creams the next in the deep midwicket region for four. A good and steady start by Sri Lanka.

SL 8/0 in 2 overs: Kusal Perera opens up. He slams a short length ball to the cover region for four in the fourth ball of the over.

Oshane Thomas steaming in from the other end.

SL 2/0 in 1 over: Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera make a slow start. Just 2 runs of Cottrell’s first over.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera will open for Sri Lanka. And it is as usual, Sheldon Cottrell with the new ball for West Indies. We are all set. Play!

Both the teams aren’t in the semifinal race and would be playing for pride. But first, the National Anthems.

Playing XIs

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (cap), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha and Lasith Malinga.

West IndiesChris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (cap), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and Shannon Gabriel.

Team news: West Indies has made one change. Shannon Gabriel replaces an unwell Kemar Roach. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has made three changes.

Toss update: West Indies won the toss and opts to bowl first. 

Jason Holder: We’re fielding fuirset. A fresh wicket. It should be responsive first up with the ball. We still got pride to playt for, and we need to play a perfect game. Bowlers have done well so far, and hopfully they can respond and the batsmen can chase it down. Roach is unwell, and Gabriel will play.
 

Dimuth Karunaratne: We would have liked to bowl. In the last match, it did respond with the new ball. We wanted to take early advantage with the new ball and take a couple of wickets early in the morning. We need the middle- and the top-rder to fire in this match. We have to focus on the World Cup for now. Three changes for now.

Playing XI:

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga.

The Preview

Sri Lanka out of Cricket World Cup after England beats India

Sri Lanka cannot reach the World Cup semifinals after England’s win over India left them unable to finish in the top four.

England moved up to fourth and onto 10 points with a 31-run victory over India at Edgbaston on Sunday – a first loss of the competition for Virat Kohli’s men.

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Team Profile: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka could match the hosts’ tally by triumphing in their last two games against West Indies and India but would remain below them due to an inferior number of wins, which is the first tie-breaker used to separate teams.

World Cup 2019: Jayawardene urges Sri Lanka to retain belief

South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan had already been eliminated, with leaders Australia the only team assured of a semifinal berth.View image on Twitter

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England’s defeat of India was also bad news for Pakistan, who slipped to fifth and only have Bangladesh still to play.

Sarfraz Ahmed’s side have nine points and wrap up their campaign at Lord’s on Friday.

Team Profile: West Indies

Squad: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

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Karunaratne: ‘It’s our bowlers who mainly performed well’

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne understands that the road to World Cup semifinals look quite difficult. But he is still hopeful of winning its two remaining games and make it to the last-four.

Ahead of the fixture against the West Indies, Karunaratne spoke to reporters on the road ahead and what went wrong for the team in the tournament.Karunaratne bemoans Sri Lanka’s poor batting in World Cup

On what has gone wrong so far…

We are not a side who should be in this position. We have the talent and skill to compete with anyone. We have only performed in certain games. It’s our bowlers who mainly performed well. Our batting hasn’t fired altogether yet. Sometimes the top order gets runs, but other times, the middle order takes the game forward. We haven’t put it together yet.

On not getting big totals…

We know that we weren’t able to make a score in excess of 250. That’s the biggest factor in our performance. If two or three batsmen get set, then we can definitely get to 250. It gets a lot tougher when you’re losing wickets. It’s very difficult when you only make 200-220 and then, tell the bowlers to take wickets. We need to take responsibility as a batting unit and make a big score.

On changes after the World Cup…

We haven’t talked about what happens after the World Cup. We need to finish well here. We still have a chance to get to the semifinals. That depends on what the other teams do, but we need to control our games. We had a chance to win the game against South Africa and win the rest and get easily into the semis. But now we have to wait for other results.

On Kasun Rajitha’s chances of making it to the playing XI…

There’s a chance he could play. Suranga Lakmal bowled well, but he was unable to get a wicket. That does happen sometimes. No matter how well bowlers bowl, sometimes they don’t get wickets. But we need to see what we can get out of the skills Rajitha has.

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Tournament so Far

Sri Lanka suffered a 10-wicket thrashing at the hands of New Zealand in their first game of the tournament and have lost three times, but claimed a surprise win over England after seeing off Afghanistan.

The Windies’ crushing seven-wicket win over Pakistan proved to be a false dawn and a heavy defeat to India in Manchester was their fifth of the World Cup, knocking them out.

What They Said

Sri Lanka captain Karunaratne: “I think the batting is the main problem. We couldn’t get a hundred. If you want to compete with the good sides, you have definitely got to have a good batting line-up and you have to put runs on the board, so I think in this World Cup, the major issue is the batting line-up.”

West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer: “Yes, we are out of the World Cup, but there is still a lot of cricket to play after the World Cup. It’s important for us to, you know, find the winning ways and find the winning formula going forward, so it is important for us to play this game as hard as possible.”

Facts

– Sri Lanka have won five of their last six ODI clashes against West Indies, including a nail-biting one-run victory in their last meeting in November 2016.

– Sheldon Cottrell will be the only player featuring in this fixture to have taken 10 or more wickets in the competition and the paceman will be facing Sri Lanka for the first time.

– West Indies have lost their last five ODIs. The last time they lost more was an eight-game streak in their final eight matches in 2017.

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