Sri Lanka began their tournament with a nervy win over minnows Afghanistan on Thursday evening as they once more relied on opener Tillakaratne Dilshan to drag them out of trouble as he hit an unbeaten 83 to guide his side to victory with an over to spare.
As for the West Indies, they also claimed a victory in their opening match against England by six wickets and this was due to a simply magnificent knock from opener Chris Gayle as he smashed an unbeaten century to help his side begin with a win.
This will be a big game for both side as they know that if they can come out on top then they will have one foot in the semi-finals and as for the loser they know that it will be difficult to progress through to the later stages.
Meetings between these two in this format have been somewhat very rare in recent years as the pair have met just five times in the last four years. In those five meetings across the four years it's been fairly even as Sri Lanka won three of those matches with the West Indies claiming victory in the other two matches. In terms of all T20 matches played between the two they have met eight times in total with Sri Lanka having the better record of the two winning six of the eight meetings which is something which gives them confidence heading into tomorrow's battle.
Their last meeting came all the way back in the November of 2015 when they met in Colombo and it was the West Indies who came out on top winning by 23 runs and this was all without their biggest player Gayle at the time. If the recent records are anything to go by then the Sri Lankan's have the edge over a inconsistent West Indies side who currently top the group.
Much of the talk is around how much Gayle carries this West Indies team with the bat but, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo are both really important to their success and if the Windies are to go very far in this competition both of these players will need to be at their best throughout all the matches. Gayle can win you games in the blink of an eye but, he can also be a very frustrating player to have in your ranks as he frequently gets out early on which heaps the pressure straight back onto the middle order. All-rounder Andre Russell is also a vital player for them as he has great variation whilst also being able to clear the rope with ease and is a real player who you really want to have in your ranks.
Sri Lanka don't really at the moment have any world superstars and many of their performances are down to a team effort as each match it is someone different who has got them over the line. Lasith Maligna is a key player for them but, he has been ruled out of the tournament with injury so it is time for some of their less senior players to step up to the plate. Angelo Mathews is another player who is really key to their success and he now leads them and he contributes with both bat and ball and he has sheer power and great variety in his bowling which has allowed him to come on leaps and bounds in recent years and he has developed in to as real world class player and really been able to do it at the biggest stage of all.
Probable Team Line-ups
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Carlos Brathwaite, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn.
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Angelo Mathews (capt), Thisara Perera, Chamara Kapugedera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath.