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West Indies vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Predictions & Tips - Hope can dominate under strength Sri Lanka

  • West Indies vs Sri Lanka predictions for Wednesday’s 1st ODI cricket match
  • The fixture will be played in North Sound at 13:30 GMT
  • Shai Hope has scored over 23.5 runs in 9 of his last 11 ODI innings’
  • I am backing Shai Hope to score over 23.5 runs and to be the hosts best batsman.
  • Predictions, stats, team news & preview
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Shai Hope has scored 50+ runs in his last three ODI matches (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 09 Mar 2021
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West Indies vs Sri Lanka Predictions


West Indies are favourites at home with Sri Lanka missing key batsmen. The value is with West Indies opening batsman Shai Hope who has been in magnificent ODI form.

  • 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 matches. They last met in March 2020 where 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 straight defeats. 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 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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Verdict

Shai Hope has been a revelation for the West Indies in the 50-over format with an average of over 50. He is backed to continue his fine white-ball form by scoring over 23.5 runs and being the top West Indies and match batsman.

Sri Lanka will have to rely on Dimuth Karunaratne to score runs with three of their top four batsmen missing.

Best Bet: Hope Over 23.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best West Indies Batsman Tip: Shai Hope Best West Indies Batsman @333.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Sri Lanka Batsman Tip: Dimuth Karunaratne Best Sri Lanka Batsman @350.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Top Match Batsman Tip: Shai Hope Top Match Batsman @850.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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