WORLD CUP 2019
Posted on June 24th, 2019

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

According to updated data on 24 June, there are 30 more matches to be played before semi-final.  The top four teams as at present viz. England, Australia, NZ and India have 13 games amongst themselves .  There are 17 more matches with all other teams.

NZ and England have shown some degree of vulnerability thus far. Amongst the current top 4 teams,   England will face tough opponents of Australia, India and NZ in their remaining encounters.  NZ will face Australia. Australia will face England and NZ. And India will face England. In this case, England’s current standing likely to  be exposed by Australia, India and NZ. 

SRI LANKA Vs SOUTH AFRICA:

Last time SL played  ODI at Chester-Le-Street ground was way back in May 2014 against England.  SL won by 157 runs. Sachitra Senanayake achieved 4 wickets.  It is claimed to be a spin friendly pitch. This will be the first time South Africa playing on this ground.

To achieve victory, Sri Lanka must see off Imran Thahir.  Kusal Janith, Kusal Mendis, Avishkha must not try to attack Imran, instead if the players can score 15 – 20 runs off Imran without losing a wicket that will be stepping stone towards victory.  Imran is at his best at the moment.

SRI LANKA V WEST INDIES:

West Indies have played twice at Chester Ground  in July 2000 against England and Zimbabwe.  On both occasions West Indies lost by massive 10  and 6 wickets.

SRI LANKA V INDIA:

At Leeds, Sri Lanka played 3 ODIs since 2006 against England, in all occasions, SL won. In the most recently played match in June 2019 world cup against England, substantial contributions were made by Avishkha, Kusal Mendis and Angelo with the bat, whilst Malinga, Dananjaya and Isuru Udana excelled with the ball. During the same period, India played 3 matches against  England at this ground, losing two and winning one match.

TEAM PERFORMANCES:

Isuru Udana is a better all-rounder, compared with Tissera Perera. Avishka Fernando need to play in all three matches.

2 Responses to “WORLD CUP 2019”

  1. Hiranthe Says:

    Fully Agreed!!

    Fielding also a key area to improve.

  2. Randeniyage Says:

    I cannot forget the past world cup (2011) when we reached the final and some great patriot instructed our team to loose in order to get India’s support. Will India pay back by loosing to us ?

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