Team India will face struggling Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 2nd November 2023. It promises to be an exciting encounter as Men in Blue would look to register a commanding win qualify for the semi-finals and regain the number 1 spot in the points table.
The Indian team will be high on confidence as they registered a thumping 100-run victory over England after scoring just 229. The bowling looked impressive with Bumrah and Shami producing lovely deliveries that put pressure on the batting. On the other hand, Sri Lanka struggled losing to Afghanistan by 7 wickets at Pune.
Both teams have quality players who can create pressure on the opponent team with their abilities and make sure that they register a victory for their country.
Here we look at the 5 Players To Watch Out For
- Rohit Sharma
The Indian captain Rohit Sharma led from the front in the previous match against England. When other batters struggled on a tough Lucknow pitch, Rohit showed his class playing attacking shots and put the bowlers under pressure.
Rohit can put pressure on the bowlers right from the word go. He has a sensational record against Lanka in the ODI format with 1860 runs from 51 matches (49 innings) including a career-best score of 264 including 6 centuries and 7 half-centuries. The Indian captain would be looking to provide an attacking start in the first 10 overs putting pressure on Lankan bowling and helping the Indian team qualify for the semi-finals.
- Pathum Nissanka
The stylish right-handed batter Pathum Nissanka had a decent outing in the previous match against Afghanistan. He looked in great touch putting pressure on the bowlers and kept momentum going with Kusal Mendis.
Nissanka has featured in 3 ODI matches with only 80 runs including the best score of 72. He would be looking to provide an attacking start in the first 10 overs and keep pressure on the Indian bowling which will allow the Lankan team to showcase their attacking abilities.
His performance at the top of the order will help Lanka lay a strong foundation stage good fightback against the Indian team.
- Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav played a sensible knock in the previous match against England. He came to the crease when India lost the 4th wicket of KL Rahul. His knock looked impressive showing maturity as wickets fell from the other end.
He has a decent record against Sri Lanka with 128 runs from 4 matches ( 4 innings) including the best score of 53. Surya would be eager to continue his superb form with another lovely knock in the middle over that will help Team India register a comfortable victory over the Sri Lankan bowling lineup who struggling for form.
- Dilshan Madhushanka
The left-handed bowler Dilshan Madhushanka had an impressive performance against Afghanistan. He got rid of Rahmanullah Gurbaz in the first over itself. His bowling looked sharp with good deliveries that put Afghanistan batters under some pressure.
Madhushanka would be looking to prove his worth against top-quality Indian batting especially Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in the first 10 overs. Madhushanka will look to do the early damage putting the Indian batters under pressure with good deliveries.
- Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami had a dream spell in the previous match against England. He bowled with great control putting the batters under pressure. Shami took wickets of Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, and Adil Rashid to finish with 4 wickets.
It was a remarkable bowling effort by Shami putting up an excellent display of bowling helping them to bowl out England for a paltry total of 129. He has grabbed 6 wickets from 5 matches against Lanka in ODI format at an economy of 6.64 runs per over including best figures of 3/81.
He would be eager to continue his superb form and hope to lead India to another victory that would help Men in Blue qualify for the semi-finals.