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West Indies seeks turnaround in ODI series

The momentum is with Sri Lanka, but the likes of Russell, Rampaul, Narine could make a big difference in the shorter format

West Indies seeks turnaround in ODI series  - Cricket News
West Indies team celebrates a wicket.
Sri Lanka takes on West Indies in the first of three One-Day internationals at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday (November 1). After its 2-0 victory in the Test series, the home side will be looking to carry the momentum into the ODI series.

In spin-friendly conditions in Galle and Colombo, Sri Lanka edged past West Indies thanks to some skilled bowling and fielding. Though the visiting side put on an improved performance in the second Test in Colombo, it wasn't able to get over the line on the last day.

A change in format may do West Indies good, since the team is known for its aggressive, free-flowing style of play that is more suited to the shorter formats.

A win in the warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI would certainly have lifted the team’s morale. Andre Russell, the hard-hitting allrounder, scored 89 off 54 balls, and Carlos Brathwaite (113 off 58 deliveries) put on a 193-run partnership for the eighth wicket to rescue the visiting side from a tricky position and secure a 43-run victory in Colombo via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Both teams will see a change in personnel after the Test series. For Sri Lanka, Ajantha Mendis, the offspinner, who last played international cricket in December 2014 in an ODI series against England, makes a comeback to the squad. Nuwan Kulasekara also returns to the team while Upul Tharanga and Thisara Perera miss out.

Lasith Malinga also returns to the squad, and will likely spearhead the Lankan attack consisting of Suranga Lakmal and Dushmantha Chameera, the young paceman who bowled impressively in the World Cup. Tillarkeratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne will be the mainstays with the bat.

Milinda Siriwardana, the left-arm spinning allrounder, who impressed in the Test series, will join Sachitra Senanayake and Mendis in the spin department, while the uncapped trio of Shehan Jayasuriya, Jeffrey Vandersay and Danushka Gunathileka will add some variety to the squad.

For West Indies, the return of Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine will bolster its bowling attack. Rampaul, who last played international cricket during the West Indies’ tour of India, will bring a great deal of experience to the pace bowling line-up that also includes Jerome Taylor, Russell and Jason Holder, the captain. 
Meanwhile, Devendra Bishoo, the legspinner, who has enjoyed a successful return to international cricket so far, will join Narine in the spin department. Narine, who last played for the West Indies during the home series against Bangladesh last year, will return to international cricket with a revamped bowling action.
Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin, all good players of spin, will hold the key with the bat for the visiting side. Jermaine Blackwood, who scored a fighting 92 in the first Test in Galle and is yet to make his ODI debut, could also play a decisive role.

Sri Lanka will start as the favourite in Colombo and will be looking to set the record straight after its 3-2 series loss against Pakistan earlier this year, while West Indies will be hoping that a change in format will help it turn its fortunes around.

Teams (from)

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Milinda Siriwardana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeffrey Vandersay, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Danushka Gunathileka.

West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher (wk), Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.

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