India’s aim is to win the semi-final spot and reclaim the top spot with a win against Lanka. In the 2011 World Cup final, India won the title by defeating Sri Lanka in the match held at Wankhede, Mumbai. Things will not be easy for Sri Lanka who are seventh in the points table.
Sri Lanka have already lost four of the six matches played. Even if they win all the remaining matches, it is not sure that Sri Lanka will be able to play the semi-finals. However, Lanka is going to come down with the aim of performing well against India. The last time India and Lanka played was in the final of the Asia Cup. India had embarrassed Lanka in that match.
Captain Rohit Sharma stated that India will go against Sri Lanka without superstar Hardik Pandya. The player was injured while bowling in the match against Bangladesh. Pandya did not play against New Zealand and England. It is reported that the player will play in the match against Netherlands before the semi-final.
Pandya’s absence has affected the team balance, but India’s form has not suffered. The team has so far run like real champions. Without Pandya, India is likely to retain the same team as they fielded in the last two matches. Large experiments are less likely.
India and Sri Lanka have met 9 times in the World Cup so far. Of these, four were won by India and four by Lanka. One ended in a draw. India had beaten Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final and in the 2019 group stage. Rohit and his team are going down with complete confidence.
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