India and Sri Lanka will face each other in their last game on Saturday at Headingley, Leeds. As Sri Lanka is already crashed out from the tournament, this match could be the match where they could gain some pride by beating India. India booked out for semi-finals in their last game against Bangladesh and this match could be the piece of cake before the round-robin stage.

India Vs Sri Lanka – India could extend Sri Lanka’s nightmare in this World Cup

Sri Lanka is having an absolute disastrous World Cup despite their victory over West Windies in their last game. India is the second team after reigning champion Australia who booked their place for the semi-finals. They are looking unstoppable at this moment and they are much motivated to earn the glory for third times. But, Sri Lanka proved they could be dangerous at times. As they will try to regain some pride before bowing out the tournament, they will surely try to give India a huge competition.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is currently sitting at the 6th position at point table. They won 3 times in their 8 matches. They have endured a total lackluster World Cup. The 1996 World Cup champions seem lost their mojo and most of their cricketers are out of form. But, they can hope after an emphatic victory over West Indies in their last game. Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera have to repeat their form they showed against Caribean team.

Sri Lanka will look for gain respect before they bow out the tournament


India booked their spot for semi-finals after five-times champions Australia by beating Bangladesh in their last game. India’s batting, bowling, fielding every department is playing superb since the start of the tournament. They are motivated to earn the glory and many pundits lauded them as the ”70’s Windies” team. Their two openers K L Rahul and Rohit Sharma are in full form and their pace attack is really very dangerous.

India wants to continue the winning streak as they’re gearing for semi-finals

Weather Condition 

The weather forecasts say there will be a bit of cloud in Leeds on Saturday. The weather temperature could be around 21 degree Celsius. There’s basically no chance of rain.

Pitch Condition

Headingley is a stadium of the flat pitch. This flat pitch usually favors batsmen. Bowlers struggle to find a movement in this flat pitch and that’s why most of Headingley match becomes a high scoring match. As batsmen will get more favor, so it is assumable that team who will win the toss will choose to bat first.

Likely XI

Sri Lanka – 

  • Dimuth Karunaratne (c, wk),
  • Kusal Perera, 
  • Avishka Fernando,
  • Kusal Mendis,
  • Angelo Mathews,
  • Thirimanne,
  • Isuru Udana,
  • Dhananjaya De Silva,
  • Jeffrey Vandersay,
  • Kasun Rajitha,
  • Lasith Malinga

West Indies – 

  • Chris Gayle,
  • Sunil Ambris,
  • Shai Hope,
  • Shimron Hetmyer,
  • Nicholas Pooran,
  • Jason Holder(c),
  • Carlos Braithwaite,
  • Fabian Allen,
  • Sheldon Cottrell, 
  • Oshane Thomas,
  • ST Gabriel

Injury Update

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan is injured with a tumb injury and expected to miss the game. Another Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been suffering for a fractured toe and his World Cup is almost over.

Sri Lanka has no injury issues at all.

Match Prediction

India seems absolutely unstoppable at this moment. Yes, they already in sem-final but there literally no chance they will slow down. They will try to clinch the game to boost their confidence before sem-finals. Sri Lanka can encounter another misery if they fail to keep India in check.

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