July 6, Saturday; 13:30 IST
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India vs Sri Lanka on Saturday just isn’t fairly the proverbial lifeless rubber. The primary motive is that India nonetheless have the ultimate league place to play for and, secondly, they are going to wish to go into the semi-finals with a win. A primary-place end will assist them keep away from England and as a substitute play fourth-placed New Zealand at Outdated Trafford in Manchester within the first semi-final. That’s not in India’s management, although, with Australia taking part in South Africa within the different match, aiming to cement their place on the summit.
The target for Sri Lanka will probably be to complete off on a excessive. The victory over the West Indies has been one of many few highs for the Islanders at this World Cup, with missed alternatives and two washouts (in opposition to Bangladesh and Pakistan) early within the marketing campaign costing them within the race to complete within the high 4.
The batting, because it has for a lot of the final 12-18 months, has let down Sri Lanka throughout key moments, however the emergence of Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera producing constant scores on the high of the order and Lasith Malinga’s impression with the ball are the positives to return out of the event. These three gamers will probably be key to Sri Lanka’s possibilities of beating India.
Angelo Mathews successfully bowled Sri Lanka to victory in opposition to the West Indies with the wicket of centurion Nicholas Pooran, however he’s unlikely to bowl once more, on Saturday. In opposition to India, who’re a far superior and extra full unit, Sri Lanka should make their dominance rely. Past Malinga and, to an extent, Dhananjaya de Silva within the match in opposition to England, Sri Lanka’s bowling has lacked incision, and their fielding below strain in opposition to the West Indies was shoddy. Evidently, they have to tighten up in these two areas, specifically, to problem India.
From India’s perspective, they might have favored to be utterly certain of their taking part in XI by now. Whereas Rishabh Pant has cemented his place at No. four with a few first rate scores, the crew administration should handle the No. 7 place. Dinesh Karthik failed with the bat in opposition to Bangladesh, having come instead of Kedar Jadhav. The query now could be, will India, having already delayed it, check out Ravindra Jadeja forward of the semi-finals? That is the one concern for India forward of their remaining league match.
Climate forecast and pitch report
The forecast says that Saturday will probably be sunny, with a most of 21-degree Celsius.
India and Sri Lanka will play on the identical pitch that was used for the match between Afghanistan and the West Indies. It was good for batting on Thursday, with each groups producing an mixture of 599 runs, but it surely’s more likely to be on the drier aspect and due to this fact extra conducive to spinners and gradual bowlers.
India vs Sri Lanka Dream11 crew prediction, predicted taking part in 11
Dream11: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Rishabh Pant (wk), Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal
Predicted India taking part in 11: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, three KL Rahul, four Rishabh Pant, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, eight Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Predicted Sri Lanka taking part in 11: 1 Dimuth Karunaratne (c), 2 Kusal Perera (wk), three Avishka Fernando, four Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Lahiru Thirmanne, eight Thisara Perera/Milinda Siriwardana/Jeffrey Vandersay, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Isuru Udana, 11 Kasun Rajitha
The depth is more likely to be excessive regardless of one crew having little to play for of their remaining league match. For Sri Lanka to problem India, they should replicate their performances from the wins over Afghanistan, England and the West Indies.