Sri Lanka take on India at Headingley on Saturday in the final round of group matches. India have already secured their place in the semi-finals and are second with 13 points from their 8 matches. Sri Lanka cannot make the last four and have 8 points, sitting 6thplace in the group.
India have only lost once in the tournament so far. They were defeated by England and the only other point they have dropped was a result of their match with New Zealand being abandoned due to rain. So far, they have beaten South Africa, Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies and Bangladesh. They will be hopeful of another victory on Saturday against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka have had a mixed tournament. They have beaten South Africa, West Indies and most surprisingly England. They have also lost to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa and have had two matches abandoned due to the weather. Their record stands at three wins and three losses and is not enough to see them qualify for the semi-finals.
In Sri Lanka's last match, they were impressive against West Indies. The posted 338/6 from their 50 overs and eventually won the match by 23 runs. 21-year-old Avishka Fernando scored a sublime century to help his side to victory and Kusal Perera chipped in with 64 runs from 51 balls.
The pick of the bowlers was Lasith Malinga who picked up figures of 3/55. Angelo Mathews finished with figures of 1/6 from his two overs at the end of the innings. It was the first time the all-rounder has bowled for his country since December 2017 and he was extremely economical as well as claiming a wicket late on.
India won their last match by 28 runs against a resilient Bangladesh side. They batted first and finished on 314/9. Rohit Sharma’s classy 104 from 92 got his side over the line but they will be upset with themselves that they didn’t make the victory more comfortable after being 180/1.
Despite going off injured in the field, Jaspirt Bumrah was the stand-out Indian bowler. He claimed figures of 4/55 and was a constant threat throughout. Hardik Pandya picked up his best figures of the tournament so far, finishing with 3/60 from his ten overs.
Bumrah has been one of the best bowlers in this year’s competition. He has 14 wickets to his name so far but it is his economy and variety of deliveries that is most impressive. He has an economy of just 1.50 which is astonishing considering that he often bowls a full ten overs every match.
India should pick up another relatively comfortable win against Sri Lanka and could finish top of the group, depending on the result between Australia and South Africa. If Australia fail to beat South Africa, India will finish top and face New Zealand in the semi-finals. If both India and Australia win, India will play England in the last four.