Port of Spain, Trinidad (Sporting Alert) — Stand in captain Kieron Pollard has won the toss and the West Indies will bowl first against Sri Lanka in their final preliminary game in the CELKON Mobile Cup – Tri-Nation Series at Queen’s Park Oval.
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West Indies, who were hammered and beaten down badly by India in their last game after they had also chosen to field first after winning the toss, will be hoping to seal a victory today that would put them into the final.
Meanwhile, regular skipper Dwayne Bravo will not be involved in the contest after he was given a one-match suspension for the Windies slow over-rate in the last outing with India.
The West Indies have made several changes to its starting team, as apart from Bravo, star spinner Sunil Narine is out with an injury and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has been dropped for his poor form with the bat.
So Devon Smith, Jason Holder and Lendl Simons, who was recently called up to the squad, come in with the glove going to opener and part-timer Johnson Charles.
Sri Lanka, in the meantime, have made two changes to its team as Kusal Perera and Rangana Herath are replaced by Jeevan Mendis and Shaminda Eranga.
West Indies team
CH Gayle, J Charles†, DS Smith, MN Samuels, DM Bravo, LMP Simmons, KA Pollard*, DJG Sammy, JO Holder, KAJ Roach, TL Best
Sri Lanka team
WU Tharanga, DPMD Jayawardene, KC Sangakkara†, LD Chandimal, AD Mathews*, HDRL Thirimanne, BMAJ Mendis, KMDN Kulasekara, SMSM Senanayake, SL Malinga, RMS Eranga