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ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Match 33 – IND vs SL – 3 Key Player Battles To Watch Out For


Team India is all set to take on Sri Lanka in Match 33 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on Thursday, November 2 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It will be a re-match of the iconic ICC ODI World Cup 2011 final between the two countries, which took place at the same venue. India defeated Sri Lanka in the game to lift their second ODI World Cup trophy.

In the ongoing tournament, India has been in terrific form winning all of their six matches so far. They are at the top of the table with 12 points, poised well in the qualification race for the knockouts. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is seventh on the table with four points from six matches. They have only won two matches so far. They lost to Afghanistan in their recent game in Pune. Head-to-Head India has won 98 ODI matches against Sri Lanka. while Sri Lanka has won 57 matches.

In this article, we take a look at the key player battles for the India vs Sri Lanka match in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for IND vs SL

Kusal Mendis vs Mohammed Siraj

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis and Mohammed Siraj have played five ODIs against each other. The Indian pacer has the upper hand over the batter, as he has dismissed him thrice in the format. He has only conceded nine runs at a strike rate of 32.1, bowling 22 dot deliveries. Siraj will be raring to go against the Sri Lankan batter. Talking about the form in the tournament, Kusal Mendis has scored 268 runs in six matches, at an average of 44.66. Meanwhile, Siraj has taken six wickets in as many matches so far in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.

Rohit Sharma vs Dilshan Madushanka

Rohit Sharma has proved to be a run machine for Team India at the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He is their leading run-scorer and the fourth overall on the list. In six matches, Rohit has scored 398 runs at an average of 66.33, including two centuries and a fifty. He will be facing the in-form Dilshan Madushanka in the upcoming game. Madushanka has taken 13 wickets in six matches so far, including a four-wicket haul. He dismissed Rohit Sharma in the only ODI match that they have played against each other.

Sadeera Samawickrama vs Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Photo: Getty Images

Sadeera Samawickrama is Sri Lanka’s leading run-scorer in the tournament so far. He has scored 331 runs at an average of 55.33, with a century and three fifties. He will be keen to get his second three-figure score in the upcoming match. However, he has to tackle India’s leading pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who is also in good form. Bumrah has taken 14 wickets in six matches, including a four-wicket haul.

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