Sri Lanka will look to to end their World Cup 2019 campaign on a high when they take on India at Headingley in Leeds on Saturday.
India have already entered the semifinals of World Cup 2019 whereas Sri Lanka have been knocked out of the tournament.
For India, this match will be a perfect practice before the big semi-finals whereas Karunaratne’s men will be playing for pride in their final World Cup 2019 outing.
Team India will be desperate for the likes of MS Dhoni to find some form ahead of the semifinal as the wicket-keeper batsman was looked out of touch in previous matches.
A win against Sri Lanka can take Virat Kohli’s men to the top of the points table provided Australia lose their final game against the already ousted South Africa.
Rohit Sharma has been oozing class in this World Cup as the opener has already hit 4 centuries so far, hence he should be the automatic pick as an opener. Rohit Sharma as 544 runs in 7 innings and is averaging over 90. Sri Lanka’s Kushal Perera can be your other opener. Kushal has 255 runs in 7 innings at an average of 42.50.
There would be no better pick than Virat Kohli to bat at No.3 as he is the currently the best batsman in Cricket. Virat has amassed 408 runs so far in the tournament and is averaging at 58.
Avishka Fernando scored his maiden World Cup century against West Indies and seeing his current form with the willow, he can be your No.4.
Hardik Pandya should be the first all-rounder in your Dream XI team as the Indian provides strength to the middle order with his big hitting-ability.
Pandya could also finish the games off in the death overs. Pandya has scored 187 runs in 7 innings and has also picked 8 wickets for his side. Ravindra Jadeja might get to play his first match of World Cup 2019 and if he plays, he must be your second all-rounder.
MS Dhoni is arguably the most trusted man behind the stumps. Though, the former India skipper has been struggling with the bat in the World Cup but he has the ability to finish matches from any point. MS Dhoni could be your pick as he would hold importance in the team with the strategical inputs he provides at crucial times.
Jasprit Bumrah has already build a reputation of world’s best bowler for himself, so no second thougts over his inclusion. Bumrah has delivered for India in every single game. He has 14 wickets to his name with an exceptional economy of 4.6. Be it any batsman, Bumrah has got a way to calm him down.
Mohammed Shami has played just 4 matches in this World Cup but has picked 14 wickets to register his name among the top wicket- takers of the tournament. Shami picked a 5-wicket haul against Engalnd and do not forget his hat-trick against Afghanistan that helped India win the game in the last over.
Lasith Malinga should be the third name in your bowling department. Malinga showed glimpses of his heyday against England with 4 wickets to his name and rattle any batting line-up on his day. Yuzvendra Chahal should be your fourth bowler as he is known for picking wickets at regular intervals.
Sri Lanka vs India Dream11 suggested Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (C), Kushal Perera,Virat Kohli (vc), Avishka Fernando, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Sri Lanka vs India squads:
India (IND): Virat Kohli (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav.
Sri Lanka (SL): Dimuth Karunaratne(Captain), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana.