Sri Lanka and the West Indies will have a last chance to slug it out before the World Cup commences. The two dies will be meeting in Sri Lanka for a three-match one day series beginning Jan 31, 2011 after their 5-match ODI series was cancelled in early Dec, owing to incessant rain in the island country.
Sri Lanka undeniably hold the edge over the West Indies. The Lankans are coming off a stellar year in the one-day arena, winning two tri-nation tournaments and one bilateral series. They have pulled off wins against Pakistan, India, Bangaldesh, Zimbabwe and for the first time Down Under, Australia. From their 19 encounters last year, the islanders have claimed victory in a staggering 16 with one match being a no-result affair, thus securing a winning percentage of over 80.
In contrast, the West Indies have had a horrendous year. They were nearly subjected to a whitewash by the Australians in the Feb last year, the only match of the five-match series they didn't lose ending in a no-result. But in June 2010, South Africa took them for a clean sweep of their 5-match ODI series. Thus, the Windies had a win percentage of 0 in 2010, losing in 9 out of their 10 encounters. As a fall-out of their travails, Chris Gayle resigned the captaincy and has been replaced by Darren Sammy who hopes to reverse his side's fortunes in the forthcoming series against Sri Lanka. At least the rain is not working against the Windies.
West Indies tour of Sri Lanka ODI Series 2010/11: Fixtures
|Date||Time(IST) | GMT||Team||Venue|
|Mon Jan 31, 2011 (D/N)||09:00 GMT | 14:30 local | 14:30 IST||West Indies Vs Sri Lanka||Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota|
|Fri Feb 4, 2011 (D/N)||09:00 GMT | 14:30 local | 14:30 IST||West Indies Vs Sri Lanka||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|
|Sun Feb 6, 2011 (D/N)||09:00 GMT | 14:30 local | 14:30 IST||West Indies Vs Sri Lanka||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|