Lahiru Thirimanne Sri Lanka Andre Fletcher West Indies
Lahiru Thirimanne found some much-needed form in the 2nd ODIReuters

Having lost all matches on this Sri Lanka tour so far, West Indies will hope their first win comes in this 3rd ODI in Pallekele on Saturday.

Sri Lanka have already clinched this three-match ODI series, having won the first two games, and a clean sweep now looks quite likely, considering the tired cricket that West Indies are playing at the moment.

The Lankans will also have half an eye on the T20I series coming up after this, but skipper Angelo Mathews is keen to ensure his team wears as settled a look as possible.

"We are trying to get our team settled," Mathews was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. "There might be one or two changes, but largely we'll try to stay away from too many changes.

"The points from a victory are also important. And we already have quite a few young players in the team. As far as the seniors are concerned, we only have Tillakaratne Dilshan as a batsman, and Lasith Malinga as a bowler. So we don't need to bring too many youngsters into the side."

There might not be too many seniors in the side, but one player who has been in the setup for a while – Lahiru Thirimanne – made a welcome return to form with a nice half-century in the easy win in the second one-day international.

"It was an important innings for him as well as the team," Mathews added. "He was under a bit of pressure and had been through a rough patch. We all stood up for him and he got the best support he could get from the team. I'm really glad he got that 80-odd."

While everything looks fairly rosy for Sri Lanka at the moment, the same cannot be said of the West Indies, who, having lost out on competing in the Champions Trophy, are now concentrating on getting as many points as possible to ensure they will be a part of the 2019 Cricket World Cup automatically.

"We need to take points seriously and take it into consideration," West Indies captain Jason Holder, who returns to the side after a one-match suspension for a slow over rate, said. "If we win this last match we salvage some points. From here on in every point will be crucial."

Where to Watch Live

The Sri Lanka vs West Indies 3rd ODI is set to begin at  2:30 pm local time (2:30 pm IST, 9 am GMT, 4 am ET ). Live TV coverage in India and Sri Lanka will be on Ten Cricket and Ten Sports respectively with the live streaming option on Tensports live.

Viewers in the UK can watch the Sri Lanka vs West Indies live on British Eurosport 2 with the live stream option on Eurosport Player.

US viewers can watch the the game live on on Willow TV, while the action can also be live streamed on Willow TV Online.

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