Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma
Asian Neighbors battle on a dead rubber
Our Prediction is India to win!
India takes on Sri Lanka in their last league game and they would want to continue their momentum onto the knockout stages with a win. Rohit Sharma has been the batting superstar for India this World Cup and has 4 centuries to his name already. Virat Kohli has scored five 50+ scores so far and is in search of his elusive 42nd century. KL Rahul returned to form with a good knock of 77 runs. The middle order is a bit of concern for India as they are not able to provide explosive finish to the innings. MS Dhoni, Rishab pant, and Hardik Pandya have fared better but they need to improve their striking ability in the death overs. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar returned to the playing XI in place of Kuldeep Yadav and is expected to retain his place in this match too. Jasprit Bumrah once again showed why he is the best death bowler in the world with some searing toe-crushers. India faces a selection dilemma with the non-availability of sixth bowling option. Ravindra Jadeja is yet to get game time and may get a nod in place of Mohammed Shami in this match.
Sri Lanka is not having a great World cup and has no chance of qualifying for the next stage. Sri Lanka would look to beat India and end their World Cup campaign on a high. Avishka Fernando has been their find of the World Cup. He has scored the only century for Sri Lanka in the 2019 World Cup. Kusal Perera, Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, and Angelo Mathews have played some crucial knocks and helped their team in tough situations. Their batting unit has been highly inconsistent and has not put a good score on board more often. Veteran Lasith Malinga leads the bowling attack and has bowled his heart out in this World Cup taking wickets regularly. Isuru Udana and Dananjaya de Silva have taken important wickets in the middle overs and bowled economically to control the batsmen. Sri Lanka needs to perform as a unit to stop this strong Indian team.
Avishka Fernando – Avishka Fernando has played some eye-catching strokes and has been the best thing to happen to Sri Lanka in this World Cup. He has scores of 48, 30 & 107 to his name in the three innings he played so far.
Lasith Malinga – Malinga has passed his prime but he is still the best bowler in Sri Lanka set up currently. He has produced excellent spells in crunch situations in matches against England, Afghanistan, and West Indies to help his team achieve victory.
Kusal Perera – 255 runs, Avg. - 43, Strike rate – 110, HS-78, 50s-3
Lasith Malinga – 12 wickets, Economy – 5.6 RPO, BB – 4/43
Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Avishka Fernando
Thisara Perera, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Kasun Rajitha, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis , Dimuth Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Malinga
Rohit Sharma – Rohit has scored back-to-back centuries against England and Bangladesh in last two matches. He has an excellent record against Sri Lanka and would love to add more runs to his name against his most favored opponent.
Jasprit Bumrah – Jasprit Bumrah is the go-to bowler for India and is delivering for his team consistently. He took 4 wickets against Bangladesh and will look to continue his good form and trouble the opposition batsmen with his accuracy and variations.
Rohit Sharma – 544 runs, Avg. - 91, Strike rate – 97, HS - 140, 100s-4, 50s-1
Mohammed Shami – 14 wickets, Economy – 5.5 RPO, BB – 5/69
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (Wk), Dinesh Karthik/Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav/Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishab Pant
Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, JJ Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya
Leeds pitch has been good for batting in the last encounter between Afghanistan and West Indies. Both teams scored more than 280 runs in the last match. We can expect big scores by the batsmen in this match. The weather on the match day looks clear and sunny with just 10% chances of rain as per the weather forecast.
The pitches in England are getting slower as the match progresses and run-scoring has become difficult in the later stages of the match. Teams are looking to bat first and utilize the ground a condition in the first 20 over’s of the match.
The Indian team has a little issue with their middle order`s firepower but they have been the best all-round side in the World Cup so far. Sri Lanka team is struggling to put a good performance with both bat and ball on a regular basis.
We expect India to win this match.