Date & Time: Saturday, July 06, 15:00 IST
Venue: Headingley, Leeds, England
Can Sri Lanka test the Indian Middle order?
It’s the final league game for India to fine tune their concerns ahead of the semifinals, especially the underperforming middle order. The big question is though, can Sri Lanka remove India’s Top 3 early? On the other hand, Sri Lanka hopes to finish the World Cup on a high note as this will be the final match for a few players.
India might shift to their old formula by bringing in Kuldeep Yadav in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with a change in venue. Sri Lanka is likely to stick with the winning combination.
The surface at Headingley has surprised many with the way it behaved the other day from being a low scoring to a high scoring one. The forecast is for a sunny day with periodic clouds in between.
He is just piling on the runs with each passing match in the World Cup, where he has already scored four centuries. He will be pouncing on the opportunity for his fifth ton on Saturday, as he will be facing one of his favorite opponents- Sri Lanka, against whom he has scored two double centuries.
The Indian captain is yet to make his mark in the tournament. He has struggled to convert half-centuries into centuries, which is a rare phenomenon. But against Sri Lanka, he will be eager to end that rut. He has a great record against most Sri Lankan bowlers in the past few encounters.
He has been amongst the wickets for the side since he replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He has picked 14 wickets in just four games played so far which includes two 4 wicket hauls and one 5 wicket haul. The present form he is in makes him a must-have in the Dream11 cricket team for today’s match.
He has lit up the Sri Lankan batting since his inclusion in the playing XI. His maiden ton in the last game proved to be the difference in the end result. Now, it will be interesting to see how he handles the high-quality Indian attack which is much more superior than the attacks he has played in the tournament.