After securing their place in the Semi-Finals of the tournament by crushing down Bangladesh by 28 runs, India would now lock horns against another Asian side – Sri Lanka in the 44th fixture of ICC World Cup 2019. The match is scheduled to be played at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday.
Let me remind you, Sri Lankan has already been knocked out of the World Cup. Sri Lanka would be playing for pride and without fear and will take confidence from their impressive batting performance against the West Indies.
As India has confirmed its seat in the Semi-finals, they might come up with few changes to test the players. India has won seven out of nine matches against Sri Lanka in this format. The match will begin at 3:00 PM IST.
Toss Update: Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first.
India changes: Chahal has been rested and so is Shami. Kuldeep and Jadeja are in.
Sri Lanka changes: Thisara Perera replaces Vandersay
India: W, L, W, W, W
Sri Lanka: W, L, W, L NR
SL vs IND, Match 44, ICC World Cup 2019
Saturday, 6th July 2019
03:00 PM IST
The p[itch at Headingley is amazing for batting and we saw this in the battle between Afghanistan and West Indies. So we have expected high scores from the batsmen. The weather is expected to be sunny on the match day with few changes of rain.
Total matches: 9
India Won: 7
Sri Lanka: 2
Sri Lanka team News:
Avishka Fernando has impressed everyone with his mark in just three World Cup matches so far. He scored a match-winning century against West Indies in the previous game. His ability to play effortless strokes will definitely trouble the Indian bowlers.
Rishabh Pant: This young Indian lad was called up to a squad midway after injury concerns related to Shikhar Dhawan. At present, he is holding the No.4 spot and scored 32 and 48 runs in two games. His ability to hit the very first ball shows his confidence and gives a strong relief to the batting line up.
Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Ranjitha
Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga
Fantasy picks from India:
Virat Kohli holds an average of 59.08 against Sri Lanka and he has played some valuable innings for India in the World Cup 2019. Kohli has got 408 runs in 7 innings at an average of 58.28.
MS Dhoni averages 64.40 against Sri Lanka and in 7 innings in the World Cup, he has scored 223 runs at an average of 44.60.
Bumrah has bagged 19 wickets in 9 innings against Sri Lanka at an economy of 4.27. DOn’t miss him out. Bumrah has helped us win many matches in the death over.
Fantasy picks from Sri Lanka:
K Perera has scored 255 runs in seven innings at an average of 42.50. You can choose him as your captain as he holds an average of 44.62 against this opposition.
A Mathews has a batting average of 51.20 and bowling economy of 4.62 against India and he could be effective with the bat.
Malinga has plucked the maximum 12 wickets in 6 innings in the World Cup for Sri Lanka. Malinga has bagged 43 Indian wickets in 38 innings. So now you know why he is important.
Captain and Vice Captain: V Kohli & L Rahul
Captain and vice-captain: H Pandya & L Rahul