The Kennington Oval Ground, London will witness a historic moment in the legacy of the two Asians nations sharing common cricket heritage and rivalry when the two neighbors India & Sri Lanka will play against each other in their 150th clash in the ODIs, the Asian neighbors would be the first two teams in the world to have the privilege of owning a record of most number of ODIs played by two individual nations against each other.
India are already on cloud nine after defeating arch-rivals Pakistan, but the Asian Lions suffered a setback when they were defeated by the Proteans by 96 runs.
India would be looking forward to clinch another consecutive win against the Sri Lankans and book a berth in the Semis whereas the Lions would be hoping to win the game and make sure their hopes are not vanished in the turbulence of the points table, where they are currently placed third in the Group-B right after India & South Africa.
Defending champions are surely in red-hot form, batting and fielding departments have shown promising and convincing performances. But bowling is something that Indian team should not overlook it and may loose this match in over-confidence from the Sri Lankan side who are anyways not the favorites anymore.
Sri Lanka are already suffering from the void of Sangakara & Mahela and so consequently their batting line up is thin as hair also the suspension of stand-in captain Upul Tharanga for the two matches including the today’s one also adds to their misery. But their side can hope for an uplift as the skipper Angelo Matthews has come back into the team after his recovery from injury.
Indians surely need to buckle up their gears, since their openers though are playing big innings but it is happening at the cost of more dot balls, power-play does not seems power-play at all since the team is not able to manage more than 50 runs in the first ten overs and the reliability and backing of the team on the shoulders of few players including skipper and the middle order and expecting them to eclipse the score past 300 is an utter nonsense, no one can marshall the death overs alone until and unless you have a strong foundation laid out by the openers themselves.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Team Sri Lanka
Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (c), Asela Gunaratne, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep
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