Toss: Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, won the toss and elected to field in the third and final One-Day International against West Indies in Pallekele on Saturday (November 7).
Sri Lanka: Dushmantha Chameera replaces Sachithra Senanayake in the only change.
West Indies: Jason Mohammed and Jerome Taylor are out. Jason Holder returns after serving a one-match ban for maintaining slow over-rate in the first ODI, and Denesh Ramdin is also back.
What they said
Angelo Mathews: We have the weather in mind. There’s a lot more dew in the latter stages and that’s why we want to chase.
Jason Holder: It looks a pretty good wicket and probably wouldn’t change much. We wanted to bowl first as well. We did well in the first game but we weren’t upto the mark in the last game. Hopefully, we can change that today.
Conditions: Both previous ODIs in the series were shortened due to rain in Colombo and the forecast for Pallekele isn’t too promising either. It was, however, bright and sunny at the toss. The pitch is dry and expected to be good for batting.
Series: Sri Lanka, who swept the two-Test series 2-0, have already won the ODI series with victories in the first two matches. West Indies will seek a consolation win before both sides clash for two Twenty20 Internationals.
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Angelo Mathews(capt), Milinda Siriwardana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera.
West Indies: Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Jermaine Blackwood, Marlon Samuels, Jonathan Carter, Denesh Ramdin(wk), Jason Holder(capt), Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul.