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SL - WI final one-dayer at SSC:

Lanka looks to clinch series

Sri Lanka will be looking forward to register their second successive victory against the West Indies and win the three-match series when the two teams meet in the third and final one day international to be played at SSC grounds today.

Sri Lanka will be brimming with confidence, having won the second match by eight wickets at the same venue three days ago. Kumar Sangakkara and his men have won their past three completed ODI matches while the West Indies have suffered defeats in their past five appearances in ODIs, apart from the rain-washed out first game in the current series. A win today would enable the hosts to win the series 2-0 as a morale booster for the upcoming ICC World Cup which begins in the subcontinent later this month.

Opener Upul Tharanga's match-winning century in the second ODI has given more muscle to the Lankan batting line-up. Sri Lanka's disciplined bowling performances in the first two games have been a positive sign which could worry the Caribbean batsmen. The visitors will be relieved with Adrian Barath and Ramnaresh Sarwan striking form ahead of the all-important World Cup. Barath made his maiden ODI century in the first match, while Sarwan scored his first ODI half-century in ten months.

Sri Lanka will make every effort to win today and prove their consistency, especially with another superlative batting performance. Chris Gayle and the Bravo brothers got decent starts in the second match but lacked staying power. Sri Lanka would try to test their middle order batting which has still not been tested in the current home series.

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