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Sri Lanka’s 20-run win over England had breathed life into their inconsistent campaign but a painful defeat against South Africa, in the very next game, hurt their semi-finals chances. @AFP

Mathematically still alive in the race for the semi-finals, Sri Lanka will aim to give their best shot against West Indies, who have just pride to play for in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 encounter at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street on Monday.

Sri Lanka’s 20-run win over England had breathed life into their inconsistent campaign but a painful defeat against South Africa, in the very next game, hurt their semi-finals chances.

The 1996 champions, who are placed seventh on the points table with six points from seven matches, need to win their final two games, and hope for favourable outcomes in the England and Pakistan’s next fixtures. (FULL POINTS TABLE)

In their nine-wicket loss to South Africa, their inconsistent batting came to the fore yet again and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne would look to improve on that aspect against a challenging West Indian bowling attack.

With their batting unit misfiring more often than not, the onus to secure favourable results has always been put on the experienced bowling attack, led by veteran speedster Lasith Malinga. And with Nuwan Pradeep‘s exit (due to chickenpox), Sri Lanka will rely heavily on their bowling spearhead once again.

The Jason Holder-led side, on the other hand, will look to finish on a high after being knocked out of the tournament.

West Indies came into the tournament, tipped as a potential surprise package, especially after scoring 421 in a warm-up victory over New Zealand. They also started their World Cup campaign with a bang, demolishing Pakistan by seven wickets. (ALSO READ: Bringing Chris Gayle back for one Test is a backward step: Curtly Ambrose)

But since then, things have gone from bad to worse for the Caribbean boys. They have suffered five defeats. Though they have been impressive in parts, the side has failed to hold on to their nerves in tight games and ended up enduring heart-breaking losses.

They currently occupy the penultimate spot just above Afghanistan on the points table, having crashed out of the semi-final race. But with nothing to lose, the West Indies will be playing for pride and could be unstoppable if their destructive batting line up, comprising power hitters like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite and Shai Hope, clicks.

What: ICC World Cup 2019, Sri Lanka vs West Indies, Match 39

When: July 1 (Monday)

Where: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

Time: 3 pm IST

Weather: Durham is expected to have clear skies on Monday, with extremely low chances of rain. The maximum temperature will be 18 degrees Celsius

On TV: Star Network (India)

Live streaming: Hotstar

You can also follow LIVE coverage of the match on CricketCountry (Sri Lanka vs West Indies: SCORECARD)

Teams

West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Ambris, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Darren Bravo, Fabian Allen.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kasun Rajitha , Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay.

Quotes

“We had some frank discussions about the World Cup that we’ve had, and we’ll try to finish the tournament as a strong unit now. We are still playing for pride, we know that. People back home in the Caribbean are backing us and we are representing them here.” West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer.