In the 15 times that these two teams have met since the 2011 World Cup finals India have won on 11 occasions with the Lankans being victorious on only 3 occasions while the match played in Adelaide was a tie. The stats clearly favor the men in blue but cricket is played on the field and not on papers and past records. Both these teams have undergone a number of changes lately and are in a transitional phase. Both the teams have won their first game and this match would decide who would sit on top of the table after Friday.
Both teams have won their match and will be looking to go ahead of Pakistan in the table. Sri Lanka banked on the hundred from Thirimanne and the 5-fer from Lasith Malinga to pull off victory against Pakistan, where as India once again were led by a Virat Kohli hundred in the run-chase against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka still depend heavily on Malinga with the ball in crucial moments and India on Kohli to get them the runs. It will be interesting to see what will happen to these two teams if they don’t fire.
It promises to be a refreshing contest considering the two teams are meeting after an interval of 7 months!! All we can hope for is an exciting and thrilling contest between the two teams. This is a very important match in context of the points table as the team winning this match will move to the top while the loser will be on the 3rd position. It all depends on the team which plays better cricket on the given day.
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Stuart Binny
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Kushal Janith Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews(c), Thisara Perera, Chaturanga de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis