ICC World Cup 2019: Match 44, Sri Lanka vs India: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

ICC World Cup 2019: Match 44, Sri Lanka vs India: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

India might rest Bumrah to keep him fresh for the semis.

Kusal Perera
Kusal Perera. (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)

It is the last day of the 2019 World Cup’s league stage and though the two matches to be played are the dead-rubbers, a lot is at stake. The top two spots will be finalized and with it, the semi-final line-ups will also be known. India will face Sri Lanka who have been knocked out of the tournament but would love to beat their neighbours. They managed to do it in the Champions Trophy two years ago and the Men in Blue would be wary of the same.

If India win this game and Australia lose to South Africa later in the day, then Virat Kohli’s men will face New Zealand in the semi-final. In terms of team combination, the Indian team management might want to rest Jasprit Bumrah and keep him fresh for the knockouts. In that case, Ravindra Jadeja is likely to get a game while the rest of the team might be the same. Sri Lanka won their previous encounter and are unlikely to make any changes.

Match Details

The 44th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between Sri Lanka and India at Headingley in Leeds.

The match starts at 10:30 AM local time (09:30 AM GMT) (3:00 PM IST).

The game will be live on Star Sports. Live streaming available on Hotstar.

Weather Report

It will be partly cloudy in Leeds on Saturday. There is an 11% chance of rain until 12 PM and it reduces further later on in the day which shouldn’t be an issue for both the teams. The temperature will hover around 18-20 Degrees Celsius according to AccuWeather.

Pitch Report

The pitch used for Afghanistan-Windies match will be in action again for this encounter. It will slow down definitely and the best time to bat would be the first 30 overs of the first innings. The spinners and the off-cutters of the pacers will come into play to make things tough for the batsmen. The team winning the toss is expected to bat first.

Average first innings score: 257 (last three World Cup matches at the venue)

Record of the chasing teams: Won – 1; Lost – 2

Probable Playing XIs

Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera (WK), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga.

Bench – Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana.


Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Bench – Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Agarwal, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav.

Team News

(Will be added when there’s an update)

Power Picks

Angelo Mathews vs India in ODIs:

Matches: 39

Runs: 1280

Batting Average: 51.20

100s: 2

Wickets: 31

Bowling Average: 31.41

5-fers: 1

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Kusal Perera

Vice-Captain Options: Avishka Fernando, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Wicket-keeper – Kusal Perera, Rishabh Pant

Batsmen – Lahiru Thirimanne, Avishka Fernando, Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli (VC), KL Rahul

All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya

Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Lasith Malinga.

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:

Wicket-keeper – Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Rishabh Pant

Batsmen – Dimuth Karunaratne, Avishka Fernando (VC), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C)

All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya

Bowlers – Isuru Udana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Expert Advice:

It is better to have Indian batsmen, especially top order, in your team if India is batting first.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli should be C and VC as they enjoy playing against them.

Probable Winners:

India are expected to win the match.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.