India vs Sri Lanka, Match 33 ICC World Cup
2 November 2023, 2:00pm IST, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Here's our India vs Sri Lanka prediction ahead of their clash in the ICC World Cup 2023 on November 2nd.
Match 33 of the ongoing World Cup will witness India (IND) and Sri Lanka (SL) taking on each other at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday, 2nd November. It will be a day-night fixture and has a scheduled start time of 2:00 PM IST.
The hosts India are on an incredible run in the ongoing World Cup, winning six out of six games. They have one leg in the semifinals and a win here will confirm their spot. India have defeated Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand and England in this tournament.
Sri Lanka have lost four of their six games in the World Cup and their hopes of reaching the semifinals rest on other results. Sri Lanka's two victories in the competition were against the Netherlands and England.
This match-up is pretty one-sided as India have dominated Sri Lanka in recent years. But anything can happen in the World Cup and Sri Lanka will give their best to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for India: W-W-W-W-W
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for Sri Lanka: L-W-W-L-L
India vs Sri Lanka Match Preview
India sit at the top of the table with 12 points and a net run-rate of 1.405. The Rohit Sharma-led side has been undefeated in the competition, running through every opponent in their path.
Against England, their batting unit was tested on a tricky pitch at Lucknow. They lost 3 for 40 but Rohit helped the team get a fighting score along with KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav. Rohit made 87 off 101 while Rahul and Suryakumar made 39 and 49, respectively.
Defending just 229, Indian bowlers put on a performance for the ages. Mohammed Shami bagged 4 for 22 in seven overs while Jasprit Bumrah picked 3 for 32. Kuldeep Yadav joined in with 2 for 24 in eight overs as they shot out England for 129.
India have bolstered their bowling attack with the inclusion of Mohammed Shami while Suryakumar has made an impact in the lower middle order. Hardik Pandya is expected to be fit by the latter stage of the tournament.
Probable Best Performers
Probable Best Batter: Virat Kohli
Probable Best Bowler: Jasprit Bumrah
Possible Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Sri Lanka are placed sixth on the table with six points and a net run-rate of -0.275. Sri Lanka lost their first three games but then defeated the Netherlands and England to keep their semi-finals chances alive. But a defeat against Afghanistan has put their campaign in jeopardy.
After being asked to bat first, Sri Lanka had a good platform with 134 for 2 in 27.3 overs, with Pathum Nissanka making 46 at the top, and Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama batting in 30s. But they lost the pair and could get the finish they needed, getting bowled out for 241.
Dilshan Madushanka knocked over Rahmanullah Gurbaz in the first over but Sri Lanka just couldn't create enough wicket-taking opportunities afterwards as Afghanistan chased down the target by seven wickets and 28 balls to spare.
Sri Lanka suffered another injury blow with Lahiru Kumara getting ruled out of the tournament. Dushmantha Chameera returned to the team while Dimuth Karunaratne was brought back for the previous game.
Probable Best Performers
Probable Best Batter: Sadeera Samarawickrama
Probable Best Bowler: Dilshan Madushanka
Possible Playing XI
Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (c/wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka
Pitch Report and Expected Weather Conditions for India vs Sri Lanka
Wankhede Stadium, Pitch Report: The pitches at Wankhede Stadium have traditionally been excellent for batting. The pitches have good bounce which makes shotmaking easy. But seamers also get some movement with the new ball.
Two matches have been played here in this World Cup so far, with South Africa smashing 399 and 382 while batting first and winning both games by heavy margins.
Wankhede Stadium ODI Records
Matches Won Batting First: 13
Matches Won Batting Second: 12
Average First Innings Score: 256
Average Second Innings Score: 210
Expected Weather Condition: The weather in Mumbai is likely to be sunny and warm on Thursday afternoon. The heat has proven to be an issue for players in the previous two games and the temperature on Thursday afternoon is also likely to be in the mid to high 30 degrees.
India vs Sri Lanka Dream11 Match Prediction
Wicket-keepers: Kusal Mendis, KL Rahul
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Sadeera Samarawickrama
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Dilshan Madushanka
Recommended Captain: Jasprit Bumrah
Recommended Vice-captain: Virat Kohli
Taking into account the form of two teams, it is wise to go with as many Indian players as you can. The pitches at Wankhede Stadium are batting-friendly so we will go with more batters and all-rounders in this Dream11 team.
India's batting line-up has been in good form and should do well at this ground. So picking their top three of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli along with wicket-keeper KL Rahul would be ideal. In the all-rounder's section, you could go with either Ravindra Jadeja who has been in good bowling form.
From the Sri Lankan side, we have picked wicketkeepers Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama. The duo has been in pretty good form and should do well here. Pathum Nissanka has also been amongst runs but dealing with India's pace attack could be a big task for the opener.
From the bowling section, picking India's Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav is a must. Sri Lanka's Dilshan Madushanka has been in terrific form and having him in the side would be justified.
As for the captaincy picks, Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli are great options. Bumrah has taken 14 wickets from six games while Kohli has hit one century and three half-centuries in the tournament.
India vs Sri Lanka win prediction: India to win
The two teams have had pretty contrasting World Cup campaigns. India have been ruthless so far without any losses while Sri Lanka have lost four games. The recent head-to-head record is also dominated by India, who have won nine of the previous 10 games. The hosts have a formidable batting unit and a scarily good bowling attack. We predict India to win this match.