West Indies and Sri Lanka will be locking horns in the 39th match during the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Chester-le-Street on Monday. Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street will be used as the venue for the contest, which will be hosting its 18th ODI on Monday. The game is another do-or-die encounter for the Islanders who need a win in order to have any chance of staying alive in the competition as they currently with just six points from seven matches and face a steep climb in NRR.
In the batting department, the team will be relying on the likes of captain Dimuth Karunaratne, wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera and experienced Angelo Mathews to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on pacers Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal and Lasith Malinga to produce timely breakthroughs. On the other hand, for West Indies, the game is all about playing for pride as they are not in the running any more to qualify for the semi-finals, with just three points.
With this, News Nation brings to you as what could be the best fantasy XI for the encounter between Sri Lanka and West Indies:
Wicket-Keepers: Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Kusal Perera
Batsmen: Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis
All-Rounder: Jason Holder
Bowlers: S Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Suranga Lakmal
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kasun Rajitha.
Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen, Shannon Gabriel, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo.