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Defending champions West Indies will have to bring out the fighter instinct against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Thursday if they want to cling on to the barest possibility of making the semifinals.
With a solitary win in three matches, the Windies campaign has painted a grim picture, especially with a net rate of -1.598. To continue harbouring hopes of making the cut, they will have to post convincing wins in their remaining two fixtures, and of course, hope for lady luck to shine bright.
Their first hurdle in the uphill task is in the form of a besieged Sri Lanka, who are already out. Before dealing with the challenges posed by the inexperienced Lanka unit, West Indies will have to bring a semblance of order in their camp.

Power, the usual strength of their campaigns, has turned out to be their bane. It almost feels like the West Indies batsmen are in the UAE for a slumber party, dolefully short of intent, purpose and form.
With a cumulative score of 340 runs in three matches, they have scored the lowest by a distance in the six-team Pool A. The fact that top-order batsman Evin Lewis is the only one to cross the 50-mark (56 against South Africa) underlines the sorrowful story of the West Indies batters.
None of them have crossed 40 in terms of average or for that matter have managed to put together 100 runs individually in three outings.
In the format where every run scored or saved can be a game changer, West Indies have been generous by putting down catches regularly, missing run out opportunities and being butterfingered. To overcome Sri Lanka, who have nothing but pride to play for, they will have to be smarter and sharper in the field.

If there is a bright spark in the otherwise dull West Indies campaign it is their bowling. They owe their scrappy three-run win over Bangladesh to Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder and Andre Russell, who bowled well at the death.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, lost the plot after starting the competition on a winning note. They have now lost three matches on the trot. They will look to spoil the Caribbean party and finish how they began, with a win.

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