The Indian team will face Sri Lanka in their seventh match of the ICC World Cup 2023. India is the only unbeaten team in the tournament so far and are sitting on top of the ODI World Cup 2023 points table with 12 points in six matches.
In the previous match against England, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami breathed fire in their magical opening spells after Rohit Sharma’s rearguard 87 on a challenging pitch as India hammered the defending champions by 100 runs in Lucknow.
The battle between India and Sri Lanka is more or less a battle of the unequal. India have so far marched on immaculately in pursuit of a third title and Sri Lanka has lost more than what they have won.
Unbeaten in six straight games and largely unchallenged for longer spans, India has displayed traits of being a champion side which has the knack of staging a remarkable fightback.
There is no news on Hardik Pandya’s return yet, but going into this game there would be lingering concerns about how India’s young guns would go.
Both Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer came into the World Cup with consistent performances in the one-day format, but are yet to make a strong dent in the tournament.
Local boys Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav and Shardul Thakur will be playing in front of their home crowd against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka are no pushovers but they have faltered more often than not in this World Cup after a superlative show in the qualification round.
Injuries and unavailability of key players have also ravaged the team from the island nation, but its young brigade should make the most of facing a high quality opponent in its pomp.
Sadeera Samarawickrama has had a fine run with 331 runs in six games, hitting one century and a fifty in the process to be Sri Lanka’s leading run-scorer.
Pathum Nissanka has also done well for becoming only the second batter after Gill to score more than a thousand ODI runs this year. His four consecutive fifties in the World Cup makes him one to watch out for while his tally now stands at 1,108 runs in 26 matches at 48.17 with two centuries and nine fifties.
But captain Kusal Mendis with his artistry with the bat remains Sri Lanka’s best batter even though the venerable Angelo Mathews is back and has already put in a match-winning performance.
Sri Lanka’s bowlers have largely done a fair job given they have missed the presence of more experienced bowlers, but given their resources they will hope to put up a fight against the rampant Indian batters in perfect batting conditions.
The India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2023 clash is set to take place at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday, November 2. The match starts at 2 PM IST.
Matches Played: 167, Won by India: 98, Won by Sri Lanka: 57, No Result: 11, Tied: 1
The IND vs SL match will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network channels in India.
The India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2023 match will be streamed live on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website.
A life-size statue of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will be inaugurated on Wednesday on the eve of the World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
It was revealed earlier this year that the statue of Tendulkar, who turned 50 in April, would be installed inside the stadium. The finishing touches to the same were being given on Tuesday. The statue depicting the legendary batter in motion of playing a stroke is placed next to the Sachin Tendulkar stand.
The inauguration ceremony of Tendulkar’s statue will be attended by Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, the legendary Tendulkar, BCCI secretary Jay Shah, treasurer Ashish Shelar along with officials from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), president Amol Kale, secretary Ajinkya Naik and other members of the apex council.
The statue has been made by Pramod Kamble, a painter-sculptor from Ahmednagar in the state.
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya .
Kusal Mendis (c and wk), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Angelo Mathews, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera .
(With PTI inputs)