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With Group A almost decided, we still have some leverage in the Group B as the next game is ready with India taking on Sri Lanka. The two Asian sides will be up against each other in an important game in Group B where Sri Lanka, probably, can’t afford to lose. The match is scheduled on 8th of June at The Oval and will decide the fate of the sides in the tournament.
We’d say India will come on top again with their great form both with the bat and ball. Sri Lanka will try to give their best and clinch a win to keep their hopes alive in the tournament.
Sri Lankans were done and dusted in their opening game against South Africa where they didn’t have any clue to Imran Tahir’s exuberance with the ball. However, they had good start from Dickwella and Tharanga with the latter getting a fifty at the top. But their middle order disappointed them and nobody except Kusal Perera could show any resistance in the middle. So, they will expect players like Kapugedera, Chandimal and Mathews perform in the next game. On the bowling front, Malinga doesn’t seem to be his better self. All the bowlers were expensive in the last game and will have to work things around against a better batting line up of India. Lakmal and Pradeep will probably be the key for them in the next game.
India scored 319 in just 48 overs against Pakistan in a game that was continuously interrupted by rain. The interesting stat was that all of their top 4 got convincing fifties. In fact, Rohit was just 9 short of his comeback hundred. So, that suggests what kind of competition Sri Lankan bowlers will be facing in the next game. However, India will be expecting something similar from their batsmen in the next game as well. On the bowling front, India are struggling with which bowlers to play and which not as all of their pacers are in great form and all deserve a place in the final XI. It was Kumar, Yadav and Bumrah in the last game and we expect a similar combination this time around as well.