West Indies vs Srilanka - Tri Series 2013 1st Match

West Indies vs Srilanka 

West Indies takes on Srilanka in the first match of the tri nation series which also involves World Champions India. The triangular series will last till 11th of July 2013. Total seven matches to be enjoyed. Each team will play twice each opponent. This match between West Indies vs Srilanka will be followed by matches India vs West Indies and India vs Srilanka.

West Indies team received a shock when their match against South Africa in the Champions Trophy ended in a tie and they were eliminated. Before that West Indies had good performances against Srilanka in warm ups and Pakistan in the group stage. They lost to India and saw a big dip in the net run rate which actually worked as a huge factor in eliminating them from Champions Trophy.

West Indies have players like Smith, Bravo, Pollard and Sammy who performed really well in the recently concluded IPL. Sunil Narine was again economical in IPL and Champions Trophy but he looked wicketless at times. West Indies top order in Champions trophy looked weak when Gayle was found running short of scoring partners. Smith did a good opening job for Mumbai Indians. He could be considered as an opening partner for Gayle. Darren Bravo failed in Champions trophy as an opener but he can click in home conditions.

Ravi Rampaul would enjoy home conditions where he will trouble the batsmen with his reverse swinging deliveries. Dwayne Bravo and Sammy would also be more effective at home. Sunil Narine will come in handly along with the part timers such as Pollard, Gayle and Samuels.

Srilanka on the other hand needs couple of big wins to regain their lost form and confidence. If the experienced players like Sangakkara or Jayawardene starts scoring runs freely, then winning won't be a tough task for this team. Mathews haven't found good form as a captain yet and this series serves the best opportunity for him. 

Lasith Malinga could again be the pick of the bowlers for the Lankan team. He needs good support from the other hand from partners like Eranga and Kulasekara. Herath and Mendis can play a vital role in the spin department.

Both the teams would love to kick off the tri series with a win as they have to face India in their next matches which would be tough team to beat. Enjoy the cricket matches and stay tuned for live scores and updates.

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