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Cricket World Cup 2023: IND vs SL Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: India vs Sri Lanka, Cricket World Cup 2023 (IND vs SL)

Date: November 2, Thursday, 2.00 PM IST

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

India will look to win their seventh straight game at the on-going ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 when they take on Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

India’s sixth straight win came against England in Lucknow on Sunday. But if not for an 87 by captain and opener Rohit Sharma, the hosts might have found themselves in trouble. Five of the XI scored in single digits, including Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer. Sharma’s half century, 39 from KL Rahul and 49 from Suryakumar Yadav propelled India to 229 on a slow Lucknow pitch. The bowlers then wreaked havoc – Mohammad Shami (4 wickets) and Jasprit Bumrah (3 wickets) helped bowl out England for only 129 in 34.5 overs. India’s bowling has looked very strong throughout the tournament.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, come into this match on the back of a seven-wicket loss to Afghanistan. Batting first, Sri Lanka posted 241 runs on the board with contributions from Sadeera Samarawickrama (86), Pathum Nissanka (46) and Kusal Mendis (39). However, they were unable to defend the target as Afghanistan got over the line with seven wickets and 28 balls remaining.

For Sri Lanka to still stay in contention for the semi-finals, winning all their remaining games is a must.

Ahead of match 32 of Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know to maximize your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

India team news and predicted XI

Team news: Hardik Pandya is still unavailable, so India are likely to remain unchanged.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav.

Predicted XI: 1 Rohit Sharma (c), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Sri Lanka team news and predicted XI

Team news: Sri Lanka do not have any unavailable concerns but may Dhananjaya de Silva in favour of Dunith Wellalage.

Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (vc), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka.

Predicted XI: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis (c, wk), 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Dunith Wellalage/Dhananjaya de Silva, 8 Kasun Rajitha, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Dilshan Madushanka, 11 Dushmantha Chameera

Pitch report and weather update for IND vs SL, Cricket World Cup 2023

The Wankhede pitch has almost always been batting friendly and the shorter boundary further helps the batsmen. In the two World Cup games played here recently, South Africa posted 399 and 382 respectively batting first.

The temperature will be around 34 degrees Celsius. It will be humid for most of the game. Rain is not forecast.

Head-to-head record

India and Sri Lanka have faced each other in 167 matches in ODI cricket. Of these 167 games, India have won 98 while Sri Lanka have come out victorious on 57 occasions. 11 matches ended without a result. 1 match was tied. At the World Cup, the two sides have played nine matches – both teams have four wins each. One game was tied.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy team for IND vs SL, Cricket World Cup 2023 match.

Rohit Sharma – batsman, India 

Rohit Sharma has been leading from the front not only as a captain but also as the batsman. He is the leading run-scorer for India in the tournament, with 398 runs in six matches at an average of 66.33. This includes a century and two fifties. The opening batsman comes into this back on the back of a match-winning knock of 87 against Sri Lanka in the previous game. Rohit is a good choice for your MPL team’s captaincy for this game, more so because he has plenty of experience playing at the Wankhede – his home ground both in domestic cricket and the IPL.

Virat Kohli – batsman, India 

Virat Kohli has scored 354 runs in six matches at an average of 88.50. This includes a century and three fifties. After being dismissed for a duck in the previous game against England, Kohli will be looking to make amends against Sri Lanka on a batting friendly Wankhede pitch. He is also just one century short of equalling Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most ODI hundreds.

Mohammad Shami – bowler, India 

In just two games, Mohammad Shami has already picked up nine wickets at an average of 8.44 and an economy rate of 4.47. He picked up five against New Zealand and four against England – the fifer was particularly impressive as it came against one of the top teams at a batting friendly Dharamshala ground. Shami will be looking to carry the momentum into the next game.

Pathum Nissanka – batsman, Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka is the top run-scorer for Sri Lanka so far in the tournament. In six matches, he has scored 289 runs at an average of 57.80. After scoring four back-to-back half centuries, he missed out on a fifth one by just four runs in the previous game.

Kusal Mendis – wicketkeeper batsman, Sri Lanka

Kusal Mendis has been inconsistent but remains an important pick for your fantasy team. He has scored 268 runs in six innings at an average of 44.66 and will be looking for some more runs in the remaining three do-or-die matches for Sri Lanka.

MPL XI for IND vs SL, Cricket World Cup 2023

IND vs SL – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The India vs Sri Lanka ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app as well as the Jiocinema app. The match will begin at 2.00 PM IST on November 2.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.



Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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