Sri Lanka vs. West Indies: ICC World Cup Match 39 Preview
Sri Lanka vs. West Indies: ICC World Cup Match 39 Preview

Sri Lanka and West Indies will face off in the 39th match during the 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. Highest team score in a 50-over contest at the ground of 314-4 was registered by England in the match against Australia in 2018, whereas lowest team total of 99 was also registered by the home side in 2014 while playing against Sri Lanka. Highest individual score of 126 not out was registered by Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene in 2006, whereas best bowling figures of 5-28 was registered by England's Graeme Swann in 2009.

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

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Azeem Siddiqui
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