Even with those credentials, two of the game’s traditional entertainers are having to go through a preliminary stage.

West Indies have won the toss and elected to bowl first. West Indies have lost two of their three matches so far, but they can still qualify for the semi-finals. They need to win their remaining games against Sri Lanka and Australia and hope other results go in their favour. Both the teams have played seven times in T20 World Cups with Lanka winning five of those clashes.

The pitch in Abu Dhabi will suit the batters. With dew expected to play a major role, the captain winning the toss will field first.

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Avishka Fernando, 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Maheesh Theekshana 11 Binura Fernando

West Indies ( Playing XI ): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Roston Chase, 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Kieron Pollard (capt), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Nicholas Pooran, 8 Jason Holder, 9 Dwayne Bravo, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Ravi Rampaul

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