The hosts, after beating the Englishmen in the sixth match of their World Cup 2023 campaign, will now face the challenge of their neighbors, Sri Lanka.
The 33rd match of the World Cup and the 7th match for both these teams in this tournament will be played on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. IST at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
India is at the top of the points table with six consecutive and dominant wins and is going through a dream World Cup run. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, is in the bottom half of the table and requires this win at any cost to stay alive in the tournament.
Rohit Sharma is on a roll, and we expect him to continue with his run-scoring streak. He has already scored 398 runs in this tournament.
The betting tip is...
Rohit Sharma to score 49.5+
All the players on the team have contributed to the wins, and the team looks more than settled. Rohit Sharma stepped up and led the team from the front in the last match, ensuring India reached a defendable total.
Bumrah was right on the money from the beginning, and Shami just took off from where he left off in the last match against New Zealand. Suryakumar Yadav missed his maiden World Cup fifty by just one run but played a spectacular knock under pressure.
If Hardik is fit, Surya will have to make way for him in the team.
Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya/Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, and Mohammad Siraj
The Sri Lankan players have picked up form at the right time and still have the chance to keep their qualification chances in their hands. This team has been affected by a lot of injuries in the World Cup and is still trying to cope with them.
Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis are in sensational form, and Sadeera Samarawickrama has also saved the team in a couple of matches in this tournament.
The team management would be tempted to bring Dunith Wellalage into the 11 for this match against India, as left-arm spinners have always troubled Indian batters.
Predicted Lineup: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c, wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dunith Wellalage, and Dilshan Madhushan
The prediction for the upcoming game seems rather clear-cut. India has been riding a wave of success in this tournament, and with the kind of form the "Men in Blue" are displaying, it's going to be a formidable challenge for the Sri Lankan players to put a halt to their momentum.
Rohit Sharma, in particular, seems to have a special affinity for playing against Sri Lanka, and we fully anticipate him to once again unleash his attacking prowess at the top of the order. Additionally, the Indian team will be hoping for Mohammed Siraj to replicate his heroic performance from the Asia Cup final earlier this year and bring some of that stellar form with him.
As for Sri Lanka, they'll need to conjure something out of the ordinary to make India stumble. It's an uphill battle, but in the unpredictable world of cricket, surprises are always on the table.