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West Indies vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Predictions & Tips - Hope key to seeing off Sri Lanka
- West Indies vs Sri Lanka predictions for Wednesday afternoon’s 1st ODI
- The clash will be played in North Sound at 15:30 SAST
- Shai Hope has scored over 23.5 runs in 9 of his last 11 ODI innings
- I'm backing Shai Hope to score over 23.5 runs and to be the host's best batsman.
- Best bets, betting tips and predictions for West Indies vs Sri Lanka
West Indies vs Sri Lanka Predictions
West Indies are down as favourites on home soil, with Sri Lanka missing some important batsmen. I'm backing West Indies opening batsman Shai Hope to provide the value in this clash. Hope has been in magnificent ODI form - and I'm tipping that to continue. The best bet is for Hope to score over 23.5 runs at the crease.
- West Indies’ Shai Hope has scored 50+ runs in his last 3 ODI matches.
- West Indies’ Shai Hope has scored over 23.5 runs in 9 of his last 11 ODI matches.
- West Indies’ Shai Hope averages 52.20 in 78 ODI matches.
- Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne has scored 44 & 52 runs in his last 2 ODI matches.
Head to Head
Sri Lanka lead the West Indies 11-2 in their last 13 completed ODI meetings.
Their last clash was in March 2020. Sri Lanka won by six runs in Pallekele.
West Indies Form
The West Indies have not enjoyed the best of times in the 50-over format with six defeats in their last six matches. That includes two 3-0 series defeats to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, both away from home.
In fact, the six wins the West Indies have achieved over their last 24 ODI matches have all come against Ireland and Afghanistan.
The West Indies do have a far stronger squad available for this series after sending a very young side to Bangladesh. In three ODIs in Bangladesh, the Windies highest score was 177 runs.
Home conditions will suit the West Indies but they will need their star players to make contributions. Shai Hope has been especially brilliant in his most recent ODI matches with scores of 50+ in his last three innings'.
West Indies Injuries & Team News
The West Indies are back to full strength after sending a weakened squad to Bangladesh in their last series.
The return of Shai Hope will give them plenty of confidence. The opening batsman averages 52.20 in his 78 ODI matches. Nicolas Pooran and Kieron Pollard will offer power hitting in the middle order.
Sri Lanka Form
Sri Lanka have not played ODI cricket for more than a year, although there has been plenty of T20 cricket played. Their last series was a home 3-0 victory over the West Indies in February 2020.
The Sri Lankans won their last match against the Windies by six runs after scoring 307 batting first in Kandy. Kusal Mendis top scored on 55 runs but there were contributions throughout the innings from the likes of Dimuth Karnaratne (44), Kusal Perera (44) and Dhananjaya de Silva (51).
Angelo Mathews took the man of the match award for his superb bowling figures of 4-59 as the hosts won by six runs.
Sri Lanka Injuries & Team News
Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and Avishka Fernando are three of Sri Lanka’s top ODI batsmen but none are in the squad.
Much of the run scoring responsibility will fall on captain, Dimuth Karunaratne at the top of the order. His last two ODI innings' have seen him score 44 & 52 runs.
The experience of Angelo Mathews will also have a key role to play whether with the bat or ball.
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Shai Hope is almost always outstanding for the West Indies and averages over 50 in ODI cricket with the bat. I'm tipping him to score over 23.5 runs and to be the top West Indies batsman. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have issues with their batting line-up. Dimuth Karunaratne will be key with three of their top four batsmen out.
Best Bet: Hope Over 23.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @1.83 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best West Indies Batsman Tip: Shai Hope Best West Indies Batsman @4.33 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Best Sri Lanka Batsman Tip: Dimuth Karunaratne Best Sri Lanka Batsman @4.50 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Top Match Batsman Tip: Shai Hope Top Match Batsman @9.50 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit