Sri Lanka vs West Indies, Durham weather update, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka had a bleak chance of qualifying for the semi-finals of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but India’s defeat to England robbed them of those hopes. This makes today’s clash against West Indies an opportunity to go out on a high with both teams out of reckoning for the last-four.
Sri Lanka have won just 2 out of the seven games they have played in the tournament. A couple of washout matches did not work for them either. However, their performance in other matches has not been a great confidence-booster. Sri Lanka are coming into this game on back of a demoralising 9-wicket loss against South Africa. It was a game where they did not have a grip on it from the start and lost to Proteas, who have been playing some poor cricket themselves.
West Indies, on the other hand, have been on a constant decline since they demolished Pakistan in the first match. From thereon, they lost all matches, with one resulting in no result as rain spoiled party. Windies were outclassed by India by a massive 125 runs. Their campaign is over mathematically but they’d be happy to go hammer and tongs with their usually explosive batting.
The weather on Monday will be friendly, as per Accuweather. Chester-le-Street, where the game is scheduled to take place, will see sun and clouds both positioned throughout the day and in the evening will see no clouds in the sky. Both the teams will be hoping for a clear day.
Cricket World Cup 2019, Sri Lanka vs West Indies in Durham (7.30pm EST) – Dimuth Karunaratne and his Sri Lanka squad were still in contention at the Cricket World Cup when they practised on the eve of their group game against West Indies.
They were out of contention before the sun set Sunday, when England beat India at Edgbaston. It was a payback of sorts from the tournament hosts. The Lasith Malinga-inspired upset win over England at Leeds on June 21 revived Sri Lanka’s prospects of reaching the semi-finals, and also opened the door for Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Until then, it appeared the top four of Australia, India, New Zealand and England were destined for the semi-finals. That loss dented England’s chances, and a subsequent loss to Australia put the hosts under even more pressure. Going into the last week of the group stage, only Australia is assured of a place in the last four, with seven wins and 14 points from eight games. India and New Zealand are on 11 points and England is back in fourth spot on 10.
Pakistan (9) and Bangladesh (7) are still in the hunt, but Sri Lanka (6) can’t make it – even if it wins its last two games against West Indies and India to finish on 10 points and England loses its last game to New Zealand.
The tie-breaker if teams finish equal on points is wins – and England would have more in the win column because Sri Lanka picked up two points from washouts. “We can’t control the other games,” Karunaratne said at his pre-game news conference Sunday, when he was still confident Sri Lanka was in the running for a top-four finish.
“We have the skill to compete with all the teams but we performed only in patches – our batting didn’t bat as a unit. That’s why we are in this position having to depend on other teams for a semi-final place.”