Back at The Oval once more, In the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, this factor has been improved considerably further, given the tight arrangement of the competition. Each outcome checks, and each non-result harms. It’s with this cloud hanging over that India and Sri Lanka get ready for their individual second diversions of the competition and unexpectedly enough, it was brilliant and bright as they prepared on Wednesday, without a spot of rain.
The two groups would love to stay it the same on coordinate day also, especially Sri Lanka. As of now hit by wounds and a suspension, adding to the misfortune in the principal diversion, Angelo Mathews and Co. are not in the most ideal shape. Interestingly, India is a group that has ticked all the crates that were unchecked before the competition. For them, the triumph against Pakistan has set up whatever remains of the competition delightfully. A win against Sri Lanka will nearly promise them a spot in the semi-last, while the resistance needs a win frantically to remain alive.
When: June 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM Local Time
Where: The Oval, London
What to expect: It’s disappointing but showers are expected throughout the day, roughly around the span of the first innings while it should get clearer in the afternoon. The pitch wears a greenish tinge, which could bring in the fast bowlers even more in the game.
India: They are unlikely to change the combination that won against Pakistan. The Oval offers a pitch, and conditions, not too dissimilar from the one at Edgbaston. There is no evident injury concern, and so in all likelihood, there is bound to be no big change.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
Sri Lanka: Mathews is back but is fit to play only as a batsman. A suspension leaves Upul Tharanga out of contention while Chamara Kapugedera has been ruled out of the tournament after sustaining a knee injury while practising a day before the game. Sri Lanka will also be mindful of their over-rate which has cost Tharanga, their stand-in captain in the previous game, dear. But that factor shouldn’t hamper any of their combination concerns.
Probable XI: Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep
Stats and Trivia
– India and Sri Lanka will become the first teams to play 150 ODIs against each other. India have an 83-54 lead overall and since 2008 they have won twice the matches they lost – 34 wins to 17 losses.
– Malinga has conceded over 80 seven times in his ODI career – three more than any other bowler. Three of such instances came against India.
– Virat Kohli needs 164 runs to reach the landmark of 8000 ODI runs. In case he gets it in the upcoming game, he’ll become the fastest to the mark, while he’ll equal the record of AB de Villiers if he gets to the milestone in two innings.
“It was pathetic. I call it pathetic because the whole team, and the captain was warned several times, and there’s no excuse at all but to take responsibility for that. How you see most of the teams playing with four seamers, and they have not had an issue. So we played only three, and we’ve had an issue. So that has been addressed, and it will not happen again – Angelo Mathews, on the slow over-rate
[Ravichandran] Ashwin is a high class bowler. Everyone knows that. And he’s very professional as well. He understood the dynamic of the side that we picked in the last game, and he was absolutely fine with it. You know, he’s just — he told me, I support you whatever you want to do. That’s always been our equation – Virat Kohli, on leaving out Ashwin.