India will be taking on familiar foes Sri Lanka when the two Asian rivals collide in the final group fixture of the ICC World Cup 2019.
The Indian cricket team will be up against Sri Lanka in match number 44 of the ICC World Cup 2019 on Saturday. India have already qualified for the semis but will look to stay in the hunt for a top-place finish. Lanka will want to head out with a spirited show.
This 2019 Cricket World Cup owes a lot to Sri Lanka.
Beating England, in their present mighty avatar, is a seminal moment for any weakling side. Imagine Afghanistan, or even West Indies for that matter, achieving that rousing victory against the hosts — it would kick-start a revolution back home. For this Lankan side, it was more about the maximum they could have achieved in this tournament.
India will look to sort out their middle order mess
India’s biggest worry going into the knockout stages will be their struggling middle-order. The middle-order puzzle has remained unsolved and it has increasingly looked that Indian team management has been heavily dependent on Plan A, which is a success from their top-order. Sri Lanka will look to exploit that weakness and end the tournament on a high by upsetting India.
Kohli and Rohit on verge of making it big
Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma stand on the brink of scripting massive records when they take the field on Saturday at Headingley, Leeds in ICC World Cup 2019. While Kohli stands in touching distance of joining idol Sachin Tendulkar in an elite list, Rohit has a chance to etch his name as one of the greatest players to have embraced the tournament.
Kohli requires five runs more to become the third Indian to reach the milestone of 1000 runs in World Cups after Sachin and Sourav Ganguly.
On the other hand, Rohit has been in a beast mode in the ongoing tournament with four centuries already. His 102-run knock against Bangladesh saw him equal Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four centuries in 2015; no other batsman has scored more hundreds in a single edition of the showpiece event. Hence, another triple-figure mark and Rohit will rewrite a fresh piece of history to his name.
India might go in for some changes
India can opt for a new combination to see how things shape up.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja may be included as the sixth bowler and could replace Dinesh Karthik at number seven. Mayank Agarwal, who replaced Vijay Shankar could be tried out as an opener.
India will seek a win and put pressure on Aussies, who play later against the Proteas.