Sri Lanka squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Dasun Shanaka, Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Roshen Silva, Dhananjaya De Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Vishwa Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Asitha Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Embuldeniya
Sri Lanka XI-
1.Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain)
5.Dinesh Chandimal (Wicket-Keeper)
6.Ashen Bandara (Debut)
7.Dhananjaya De Silva
“We don’t have Angelo Mathews but Dhananjaya de Silva’s arrival is a plus point for us. There are some youngsters in our squad as well and we are looking to give them a chance. Pathum (Nissanka) has a chance of playing and also Ashen Bandara. We will decide on our final combination after looking at the wicket tomorrow (Saturday),” said Karunaratne in a virtual media conference yesterday.
According to skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, Nissanka’s temperament and his ability to bat for long periods is suited for the longer game. Nissanka was given the opportunity to play in the one-day matches where he made some decent scores batting in the top order.
“We are looking to give a chance to Nissanka so it will be either Oshada Fernando or Roshen Silva who will play. Oshada played well in the practice match and he is most likely to get the nod. We need to have a strong batting line up to counter the West Indies pace bowlers,” he added.