After reaching the semi-final by defeating Bangladesh earlier in the week, India now set their target on claiming the no.1 spot as they play fellow Asians Sri Lanka in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Headingley, Leeds.
Both teams have a winning momentum ahead of this game and will be looking to end the league stage on a high although much more is at stake for the men in blue despite this game not having much to offer as far the World Cup is concerned.
With a fresh and flat wicket on offer, loads of entertainment can be expected with Avishka Fernando and Rohit Sharma coming into the game on the back of scintillating centuries. Sri Lanka will look to salvage some lost pride while India looks to gear up for the all-important semi-finals. Here are some of the predictions for the game.
On Saturday, Team India isn’t considering making any changes with KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant excelling with the bat. Rohit Sharma has already scored four centuries this World Cup and will be eying another one. Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have picked 14 wickets each so far and will look to rattle the Sri Lanka top order early on while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will remain in the playing XI ahead of Kuldeep Yadav for this game as well.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(WK), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Yuzvendra Chahal
Provided he is deemed fit, Nuwan Pradeep is expected to be in the squad. Avishka Fernando has been sensational in the top order with 183 runs in three matches. Lasith Malinga has been their best bet with the ball with his searing yorkers and lethal slower balls and will be their go-to bowler against the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli on Saturday.
Probable XI: Kusal Perera(WK), Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Jeffrey Vandersay and Nuwan Pradeep
Fantasy XI Prediction
Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Avishka Fernando, Hardik Pandya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami.