India aim qualification, Sri Lanka battle survival - Match Preview

MS Dhoni in a practice session ahead of the Sri Lankan game
MS Dhoni in a practice session ahead of the Sri Lankan game
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Match details:

8th Match, Group B - India v Sri Lanka
8th June, 10:30 local, 09:30 GMT, Kennington Oval

The action in the ICC Champions Trophy shifts to Kennington Oval where Sri Lanka will take on the defending champions India in a Group B encounter on Thursday.

The good news for the Sri Lankan side will be the return of regular skipper Angelo Mathews, but only as a batsman. However, they will miss the services of an in-form Upul Tharanga, who has been suspended for two games for his team's poor-overate when he led them against South Africa in the opening game. With injury to Chamara Kapugedara, who is ruled out of the tournament, Angelo Mathews should replace him while Danushka Gunathilaka will take the place of Tharanga at the top. However, the likes of Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal must contribute, if they are to challenge the 2011 World Cup champions, who are in top form.You can follow all the action at our Live Cricket Scores section and if you want a flutter, bet in play with a great offer from Bet Bright 

The return of Lasith Malinga did not create much of an impact in the match against South Africa but they will be hoping to have an additional bowler in the line-up as the fifth bowler quota was filled by Asela Gunaratne in the first game and went for 64 runs without picking a wicket. Lakshan Sandakan is up in the reserve and Sri Lanka might be tempted to have him in the bowling ranks.

Indian batting is looking on a good form with their top four batsmen - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh scoring half-centuries in the game against Pakistan and the bowling was equally good with the pacers and spinners rising to the occasion. Whether they will be persisting with the three seamers or opt for the second spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be interesting to see. Apart from that their combination looks well oiled as compared to their Asian neighbours.

Qualification Scenarios:

For India - They have a very high net-run-rate, courtesy their win against Pakistan. A win in either of the two remaining games, either against Sri Lanka or South Africa will confirm them a place in the top four.

For Sri Lanka - Having lost the opening game against South Africa, they need to win both the games convincingly and hope for other results to go their way, to have any chance of going to next round.

Head to Head:

The two teams haven't met each other in the 50-over format since November 2014. Overall India enjoy a convincing win percentage after winning 83 out of the 149 matches with Sri Lanka emerging victorious on 54 occasions. However, in the last six games, India have won five out of it.

Sri Lanka are yet to win a game against India in Champions Trophy after playing three games with two ending in no result that includes the 2002 final where the teams shared the title.

Probable Team:

India - 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli (captain), 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. MS Dhoni (wk), 6. Kedar Jadhav, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Ravindra Jadeja, 9. Jasprit Bumrah / Ravichandran Ashwin, 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11. Umesh Yadav

Sri Lanka - 1. Niroshan Dickwella, 2. Danushka Gunathilaka, 3. Kusal Mendis, 4. Dinesh Chandimal, 5. Angelo Mathews (captain), 6. Kusal Perera, 7. Asela Gunaratne, 8. Seekkuge Prasanna, 9. Lasith Malinga, 10. Suranga Lakmal, 11. Nuwan Pradeep

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