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Saturday, July 6, 2019 • Common Sport News Comments
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A Semifinal spot sealed A great bowling unit and a firing top order. When it looks like everything is set for team India from the outside, The middle order crisis looks to like it last forever and ever, Including the previous match vs Bangladesh wherein India lost 133/8 in the final twenty and 63 /5 if the back ten is taken into focus. 

They won't be time for a breather in the knockouts and this issue has to be sorted out when India face Sri Lanka at Leeds tomorrow.

These two countries have played truckload of bilateral series over the past decade apart from what comes as fixtures in the Asia cup and the ICC events .
Although India has a comeback to winning ways against Bangladesh after a horrifically shocking defeat against England at Edgbaston, Sri Lanka as an opponent, Cant be taken as a mere pushover as the team was the one that opened up the whole tournament by virtue of the exceptional defence of a modest 232/9 to secure a 20 run hiest . Even in the match against Windies , A so called dead rubber , Thier sprited show earned them a 23 run victory .

In the last clash between these two teams in an ICC event, Sri Lanka pulled off an outstanding 7 wicket win chasing India's 321/6 on June 8th 2017 in the ICC champions trophy at the Oval. 

Lasith Malinga, The third highest wicket-taker in World cups, Could play his last world cup match with the island nation's citizens elsewhere in the world, Hoping to see yet another vintage Malinga show featuring Yorkers with varied pace ., Which could help Sri Lanka sign off on a winning note.

Avishka Fernando, Who has played some very special knocks in this tournament is also a sparkling young talent which could come good against India as long history suggests that either debutants or budding players have made it big and became stars after playing against Indja .

India would persist with Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. The former has two scores of 30 or more at number four in challenging situations. The latter didn't spend a lot of time with the bat in the only chance he got, and hence would be considered over Kedhar Jadhav, Who has played six matches with a strike rate of just 80.00 and has bowled just six overs in the stint.

KL Rahul would have to take the responsibility to convert his starts to bigger scores ,Which would reduce the workload of in-form Vitat Kohli and Rohit Sharma 

Pitch and conditions 

The Headingley track is likely to be flat and slow, with some assistance for the spinners. The forecast is for a bright, sunny day in Leeds.

Dhananjaya has taken five wickets in 37 overs at an economy rate of 4.7 this World Cup. The other Sri Lanka spinners have combined for one wicket in 20.1 overs while conceding 6.9 runs an over.

Bumrah needs one wicket to get to 100 ODI wickets. Should he get there in his this match - his 57th - he will be the second-fastest Indian to the landmark after Shami.

Rohit has already hit four centuries this tournament, matching Sangakkara's achievement in 2015; no batsman has scored more hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup. Against Sri Lanka overall , He has scored 5 tons including his personal best and a world record of 264 at Kolkatta in November 2014 

India (probable): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Rishabh Pant, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav/Dinesh Karthik, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Mohammed Shami, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Avishka Fernando, 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Lahiru Thirimanne/Thisara Perera, 7 Dhananjaya de Silva, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Jeffrey Vandersay

-Kumaran Kumanan

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