The 33rd Match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will be played between India and Sri Lanka. Wankhede stadium in Mumbai will host this game. The match is on 2nd November 2023. Following is the India vs Sri Lanka Preview of Match 33 of the World Cup 2023.
India vs Sri Lanka Today Match Preview
Team India are at 2nd Spot in the points table with 6/6 wins in the event. Sri Lanka is hanging at 7th Spot with just 2 wins. If Sri Lanka lose this game, they will almost be eliminated from the event. India on the other hand, if they win, will qualify for the semis.
Team India’s recent-most match was against England which they won by hundred runs. Their sheer dominance with the bat was challenged in this game. They got restricted to 229/9, but their bowlers did a fantastic job to defend it. This was India’s first win in the event while defending.
Sri Lanka on the other hand lost their last game to Afghanistan. Although before that game, Sri Lanka had also defeated England. But against Afghanistan, their bowling did not do anything special.
Wankhede is a high scoring ground and teams prefer to bat first here. South Africa have played 2 games at this venue and both times, they opted to bat first and posted 380+ on the board. India clearly has a stronger batting unit so they will start as favorites. Toss with play a key role, as batting first sides have an advantage.
Sri Lanka will have immense pressure in this game. It is a must-win game for them and their lineup has been very unstable due to various injuries. It will be tough for them to win here.
India Playing 11
Team India might do one change and that will be to bring in Ishan Kishan replacing Shreyas Iyer. Iyer has been average with the bat and has got out repeating the same mistake again and again.
Probable XI: 1 Rohit Sharma (C), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer/Ishan Kishan, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mohammad Shami, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj
Sri Lanka Playing 11
Sri Lanka miss a wicket-taking spinner. Theekshana has been very ineffective so far. They might opt for Dushan Hemantha or Dunith Wellalage if he is fit, and leave out Dushmantha Chameera. They have Mathews to cover the third pacer area.
Probable XI: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis (C, wk), 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Dhananjaya de Silva, 8 Dinuth Wellalage/Dushan Hemantha, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Dilshan Madushanka, 11 Kasun Rajitha
Head to Head Record
The Head to Head record between these two sides is shockingly equal. Both have won 4 matches each against each other and 1 game ended as No Result. Overall 167 matches have been played between India and Sri Lanka in ODI format, with India winning 98 games and Sri Lanka winning 57 games. One game ended as a tie while 11 games ended as No Result.
Players to Watch Out For
Team India is being carried by Rohit Sharma currently. The way Rohit batted in the game against England showed his brilliant class that he can play as per the situation. When situation is set he will be a master blaster and when situation is tough he will occupy the pitch and score runs. Suryakumar Yadav also did really well and hopes will be high from both of them to score big again.
With the ball, Mohammad Shami has been outstanding. He was on the bench for the initial phase of the event until Pandya got injured. Ever since Shami has come back, we have seen tremendous pace and accuracy from him with the ball.
For Sri Lanka Sadeera Samarawickrama is their top performing batter currently. He averages 61 with the bat in last 10 ODIs and has played impactful knocks in this event as well. Their skipper, Kusal Mendis also did well in the first phase of the tournament and even in the last game against Afghanistan, he did get a start but couldn’t score big. All eyes will be on the Lankan skipper as it is a must win game and he will have to lead from the front.
Dilshan Maudushanka remains the only positive with the ball for Sri Lanka. He has 13 wickets in last 6 games in ODIs. The young man has great potential and is a genuine wicket taker.
Sri Lanka vs India Toss Prediction
The toss is likely to go India’s way and they will opt to bat first.
India vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction
India will begin this game with 70% chances of winning.