What a thrilling world cup, it’s turning out to be? After 40+ matches, the league is all set to be wrapped up today with two matches scheduled to take place at different venues. In the first encounter, Team India would like to wrap up their inspired run with a win over an inconsistent Srilankan side at Headingley. While table topper Australia would take on a beleaguered South African side at Old Trafford.
Though it might appear as a dead rubber, it is actually far from it. Both India and Australia are in a race for the table-top position and things depend much on the result. While a win would help Australia retain the top position. For India, not only should they win this encounter but also expect Aussies to lose to the Proteas for them to reach the No 1 spot. Also, they would get to face New Zealand in the semis who are a lighter opponent compared to heavyweight England should they win this encounter.
Clinical Team India
Team India has been terrific throughout the tournament. Except for the sole defeat, the performance of this Indian team has been blistering. Rohit Sharma at the top is breaking records and is currently the 2nd leading run scorer in the league and there’s a good chance that he might reach the No1 spot today as he is playing against his favorite opponent. Virat Kohli would really want to get a big one in the league. It was surprising to see Virat getting out often after scoring a half-century during this tourney, as he has the reputation of good conversion of the 50s to centuries. India’s bowling has been sparkling throughout the tournament. The likes of Bumrah and Shami have risen to the occasion and have been delivering consistently. Despite making a late comeback, Shami is among the leading wicket-takers with 15 wickets.
Despite the top 3 batting superbly and bowling coming off handily, India has a middle order crisis. Our Middle order batsmen have not been able to consolidate the solid start provided by the openers and end the innings on a high. Batsmen like Dhoni and Jadhav have come under intense scrutiny for their lack of intent during certain encounters. The inclusion of Pant and Karthik should fix India’s middle order woes.
Incongruous Srilankan Campaign
Srilanka’s campaign has been largely modest. Though they were far from being favorites, they were expected to put up a decent performance and cause some upsets. But except the surprise victory against England, Srilanka failed to live up to their expectations. For the Srilankan side, their batting has let them down big time and over-reliance on Malinga in the bowling department has caused their downfall. Avishka Fernando has been among runs in the last 3 games and can be expected to shine this time around too. And Malinga at the top and at the death is always a threat. For the old workhorse Malinga, this is likely to be his last world cup game. All in all, Srilanka would be playing for pride and would like to give their warrior Malinga, a perfect sendoff in the form of a victory.
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