The West Indies are one of the three sides chasing the second spot behind England in Group 1 but their chances are the smallest of the trio.
They currently have just two points from three games and sit in fifth place just above winless Bangladesh. Despite almost being at the foot of the table, they do have an outside chance of sneaking into the semi-finals, provided that they get to win both their remaining matches by some margin and hope that Australia and South Africa lose their matches by some margin.
What they’re in is a long, complicated situation full of multiple possibilities. All of this would fail and they’d go out of the tournament instantly if they do not beat the already Sri Lankans though.
This will be Sri Lanka’s final game of the tournament, following which they will board their flights for back home and conclude a campaign that did not deliver on the team front but saw some youngsters show promise.
Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa have all played memorable innings or two, whereas Wanindu Hasaranga is currently the highest wicket-taker of the tournament if you count the opening round.
As ESPN writer Andre Fidel Fernando noted this week, this is not quite the second coming of another golden generation, but the young Sri Lanka side now has some tools to build their future with – something that could not have been said about them for years.