As the Road Safety World Series resumed with some classic pyrotechnics from Sehwag and Tendulkar yesterday, today will witness the return of the Sri Lankan and the Caribbean legends to the field. This will be the sixth game of the tournament that will be hosted at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur.
Sri Lanka has so far blown hot and cold in the tournament as they started the campaign on a victorious note, thumping the Australian Legends while in their second game, was spread-eagled by a menacing Indian side. They are currently sitting with 4 points in their repertoire.
West Indies Legends, on the contrary, haven’t been close to their formidable form at all. They are still waiting for their maiden victory in the tournament as they have been humbled by the Indian Legends and the South African Legends in a humiliating fashion. They will need a lot more than diligence to stage a turnaround in this charitable cause.
Coming to the fantasy front, we will talk about three players, whom you must pick in this exciting contest of two islands, going head-on against each other.
1. Sanath Jayasuriya
The hard-hitting Sri Lankan opener who popularized the formula of going for the kill in the opening overs of an ODI is still known for his lethal swinging of the willow. He is an experienced campaigner and has adjusted himself to any form of cricket. Given the fact, that the West Indies still have a lot of muscle in Tino Best and Pedro Collins, Jayasuriya is known for effectively nullifying pace with his exotic stroke-playing technique. Though how his physique would aid him in denting the Caribbean bowling line-up, that is still not clear to all of us as the last year wasn’t a hospitable one to any one of us.
2. Tillakaratne Dilshan
The Sri Lankan all-rounder hasn’t been too far away from his peak either. The batting all-rounder has imposed himself in a fine manner against his counterparts in his playing career. The long span of cricket that he has played has been extremely rewarding for the all-rounder. He can accelerate at any point in time without even looking for running between the wickets. He is capable enough to steer those deliveries to the boundaries and take the aerial route without any hesitation at all. He is also known to flourish in the shortest format of the game and is expected to be a bonanza when it comes to fantasy choices.
3. Tino Best
The Caribbean express bowler can dismantle a lot of oppositions through some brutal fast bowling. In his prime, he was known for bowling incessantly in the blockhole without any ado. However, at 40 years, producing such commanding performance is a doubt for sure but that doesn’t mean that he will up against those young lads ready to kill his slower deliveries. It will be an equal task for the big man as he can muscle his way through the batting echelons with the pace he still manages to house up his sleeve.
West Indies Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends Predicted Playing XIs
West Indies Legends: Ridley Jacobs, Brian Lara, William Perkins, Dwayne Smith, Carl Hooper, Narsingh Deonarine, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Tino Best, Pedro Collins, Suleiman Benn, Dinanath Ramnarine
Sri Lanka Legends: Chamara Kapugedera, Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russell Arnold, Farveez Maharoof, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chinthaka Jayasinghe