Windies enter finale with eyes on victory

Colombo, Sri Lanka – West Indies enter the 3rd and final REI One-Day International against Sri Lanka in a must-win situation on Sunday.
 
A victory would see the Windies taking home a share of the prizes in the three-match rubber 1-1 and also earn valuable points in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) ODI team rankings. More importantly it would be a boost ahead of the ICC's Cricket World Cup, which bowls off on February 18.
 
Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0 after the opening match was abandoned at the halfway stage due to rain and they won the second match by a comfortable margin of eight wickets. First ball on Sunday at the Sinhalese Sports Club is 9.30 am (12 midnight Eastern Caribbean Time/11 pm Saturday Jamaica Time).
 
In the building-up to the match the Windies had a full three-hour training session at the SSC on Saturday and according to head Coach Ottis Gibson they are up for the contest. He said the team was fully aware of the golden opportunity which presents itself on Sunday.
 
“A victory on Sunday, and a draw in this three-match series, would be a huge boost for us going into the World Cup, which basically is upon us. We need to put more runs on the board if we are going to win. The batsmen are fully aware they need to take more responsibility for the totals we are going to get,” Gibson said.
 
“We had a really good training session and now it comes down to execution. We are confident ... everyone is talking the right language and it now comes down to backing your ability, backing your skills.”
 
The Windies are expected to welcome back Shiv Chanderpaul into the middle-order. The superb left-hander missed the last match due to illness and the team missed his magical ability to manoeuvre the ball the middle overs. He will bring back to the line-up the vast experience he has acquired in 261 One-Dayers in 16 years at the international level.
 
“It will be great to have Shiv back in the team. He is a big plus of us as our most experienced batter and someone we can rely on,” Gibson said of the Windies Number 06. “He had a bit of the flu and missed the last game but he’s 100 percent now and we welcome him back into the team. He is someone who is the glue in our middle-order. If he gets in he is difficult to get out we expect him to show that.”
 
TEAMS
West Indies:
Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Gayle,  Adrian Barath, Devon Smith Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh, Sulieman Benn, Nikita Miller, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell
Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawerdena, Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Thisara Perera, Muttian Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kalusekera, Dilhara Fernandao, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis