India will be looking to enter the semi-finals on a high with yet another victory and with a possibility of finishing at the top of the points table. They will face Sri Lanka who they have thrashed at home and away starting from 2011. Sri Lanka had their moments in the tournament; a close win against Afghanistan, beating the hosts England and a thriller against the Windies in the previous fixture. They will be hoping to finish the tournament with another win in what would be last World Cup match of Lasith Malinga.
All the key stats and numbers ahead of Sri Lanka’s last game of the tournament:
4-3 – Sri Lanka has an edge in the head to head record against India in the World Cup as they won four out of eight meetings. India won three of them including the recent most one in the 2011 edition final while another game ended without a result.
6-2 – India won six out of eight ODI matches against Sri Lanka in England. The Lankans won the recent most meeting in the 2017 Champions Trophy and the first-ever clash during the 1979 CWC.
19 – Jasprit Bumrah claimed 19 wickets from nine ODI matches against Sri Lanka. The pacer averages 17.63 and has taken a 4-fer and a 5-wicket haul against the Lankans.
44.65 – Lasith Malinga’s bowling average of 44.65 against India is his worst against any team in the ODI format. The veteran pacer picked up 43 wickets from 39 matches against Indians by conceding runs at an economy rate of 6.01.
64.4 – MS Dhoni has a batting average of 64.4 in ODI format against Sri Lanka. The keeper-batsman has scored 2383 runs over the Lankans in this format from 53 innings. He scored two tons and 19 half-centuries against them including his career-best of 183*.
99 – Jasprit Bumrah has taken 99 wickets from 56 matches in his ODI career. He needs one more wicket for 100 scalps in ODI cricket and will be the 2nd fastest from India after Mohammad Shami (56 ODIs).
164 – Rohit Sharma has an ODI batting average of 164 while batting first against Sri Lanka in the last five years. In five ODI innings over this period, Rohit scored 656 runs while batting first with help of three tons and a fifty. Rohit also scored two double hundreds including the World record ODI score of 264.
However, while chasing, Rohit scored only 214 runs from six innings against the Lankans in this period with an unbeaten hundred and a fifty.
2186 – Sri Lanka is the only opponent against whom Virat Kohli has scored over 2000 runs in the ODI format. Kohli has amassed 2186 runs against the Lankans from 45 innings with 8 hundreds and 11 fifties at an average of 59.08.
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