India v Sri Lanka: Kohli’s men need to prove credentials

India need the win

India have qualified to the semi-finals however any suggestion that they will be taking it easy at a meaningless game can definitely be disregarded. They’ll want to – rightly so – avert a semi-final against England and rather finish top of the group to play New Zealand. That will require a favour but first they must perform their job.

It has been a qualifying campaign from India. They were appalling against Afghanistan and then gave up against England. It’s barely champions’ CV. The root cause of their issues has been a lack of religion in their best XI. Kuldeep Yadav has already been lost, they are unsure whether Bhuv Kumar or Mohammad Shami ought to play, likewise Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadav. And KL Rahul is currently struggling to fill Shikhar Dhawan’s shoes.

They do boast the very top runscorer in the tournament with Rohit Sharma in form that is extraordinary. He’s four centuries already. Jasprit Bumrah and Shami possess 14 wickets apiece. What’s the problem with Shami? Well, there is concern about his death .

Sri Lanka the surprise
When there’s a surprise package of the World Cup it is definitely Sri Lanka. For the second time in the tournament they downed massive odds-on shots by beating West Indies last time out. Their scalp of England will survive long in the memory.

It is hard to comprehend how they have handled such a commendable campaign taking into consideration the chaos which had clouded their buildup, and of course the grumpiness that their players displayed in the first weeks. Nothing was appropriate from facilities to resorts and for all of the world they seemed like a squad which did not want to be here.

Before Pakistan-Bangladesh on Friday, they had a chance of finishing . The key has been Lasith Malinga’s ability to roll back the years with 12 wickets, strong runs from Kusal Perera along with the emergence of Avishka Fernando.Runs at Leeds pitch
The Headingley wicket has appeared slow in this tournament with scores of 311-227-232. That wasn’t its nature in the previous 11 games (return to 2006). The typical first-innings score in these matches is 300. England made 351 from Pakistan there in May and it looked a road. If India bat , and the sun is out, they should be capable of something similar.

Potential trade on otusiders
There will be few takers of this 1.15 about India given their laconic performances. Can we make a case to get a gamble on Sri Lanka in 7.20? Probably not. We fear they are too confined to bust a record of one win in the previous eight head-to-heads.

There could be space in their own cost for a trade, though, with Afghanistan supplying inspiration on the same wicket against West Indies. They chased up from 9.00 into the regions of 2.50. Something similar would be handy.

Rohit underrated
Virat Kohli is 21/10 favourite for best India runscorer with Sportsbook. That’s a 32.3percent chance. On two-year data he wins at a speed of 29. Close, but no cigar. Rohit is probably not short enough and must function as jolly with a win rate of 38. The 11/5 is value. No other Indian recorded has a price which gives us an advantage. The 5/2 that India win the match and Rohit top scores could see a few enterprise. For top India bowler we were hoping for a little more about Shami but the 3s (Sportsbook) is bang on the money for his triumph rate.

Malinga a wager

Malinga is averaging two wickets per match in the tournament and his attack rate of 25.8 is eight clicks better than his nearest team-mate, Nuwan Pradeep. But Pradeep won’t play because of sickness so it’s arguable the 11/4 Sportsbook provide about Malinga being top bowler is value. Likewise his functionality estimate of over 30.5 (1pt per run, 10 per capture, 20 each wkt) will visit company at 5/6.

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