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World Cup 2019, Match44- IND Vs SL, Preview: Team India’s Battle To Attain The Top Position

“India will take the top position on the points table after a victory in this game.”

On the final day of the league stages of the ICC World Cup 2019, India will be facing Sri Lanka at the Headingley, Leeds on July 6, Saturday. Both the teams will be approaching this game with pretty different intentions. India have already booked their place in the semi-final and they would be hoping to gain some momentum ahead of the knockouts, while the Lankans would be aiming to play for pride.

Sri Lanka pulled off a massive upset against hosts England to reignite their hopes of qualifying for the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup. The Lankans also got past a spirited Windies to keep themselves in contention. However, Eoin Morgan’s Three Lions won their last couple of league games against India and New Zealand to end Lanka’s chances. Dimuth Karunaratne and Co are placed sixth in the points table.

India are already through to the next round after beating Bangladesh at the Edgbaston. Barring their defeat at the hands of the Brits, Virat Kohli’s men haven’t put a foot wrong. A victory in the last encounter could also help them end the league phase on top of the ladder.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

India

Sri Lanka

Tied

No Result

Overall (158)

90

56

1

11

In World Cup (8)

3

4

 

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India’s likely Playing XI

With having already qualified, India may make a few changes even if they want to be conservative. Jasprit Bumrah needs to be fresh for the semis and hence, he might be rested. Ravindra Jadeja, who played the warm-ups may get a chance. KL Rahul got a 77 in the last game and that would keep him in good stead. Rohit Sharma isn’t showing signs of slowing down, having scored 544 runs with four tons in the mega event.

Rishabh Pant also showed promise in the first two games. The focus will again be on MS Dhoni and his approach while batting. Dinesh Karthik is likely to get one opportunity before the knockouts. Mohammed Shami’s death bowling has been concerning, but he has been picking up wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal is in excellent form with 11 wickets. Even Bhuvneshwar Kumar was good in the Bangladesh game.

Probable XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik/Kedar Jadhav, Jasprit Bumrah/Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Sri Lanka’s likely Playing XI

On the other hand, the Lankans may not wish to tinker with their winning combination. Dimuth Karunaratne has looked a tad out of touch after some decent knocks at the start of the tournament. Kusal Perera, having scored 255 runs at a strike-rate of 9.91, has by far looked their most consistent batsman. Avishka Fernando scored a ton in the erstwhile encounter and he would be in a positive frame of mind.

Kusal Mendis has promised but also thrown away starts. Barring the unbeaten 85 versus England, even Angelo Mathews has been lacklustre. In the bowling department, Lasith Malinga has been their standout performer with 12 wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva and pacer Isuru Udana have gotten five wickets each, but have been far from effective.

Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga.

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