India will look to continue the good momentum by beating Sri Lanka in this World Cup. India might finish top of the group if they beat Sri Lanka and South Africa manage to beat Australia. That will mean India will get to face New Zealand at Manchester. That’s a major incentive because India will want to avoid England, who have good momentum with them.
India will want to play New Zealand rather than playing England. India is in good form, so far they have looked like the team to beat in the tournament. It was important for KL Rahul to score runs at the top of the order, which he did.
Rishabh Pant also got runs. It’s important that Hardik Pandya is contributing with the ball if not with the bat. He took three wickets in the last match, including Shakib Al-Hasan.
Virat Kohli needs to convert his innings into a big hundred. Rohit Sharma is the player of the tournament along with Shakib Al-Hasan. Jasprit Bumrah can take wickets at any problem time.
This will be Lasith Malinga’s last match. He has been an absolute legend of the game. He will bid goodbye to the game along with Chris Gayle. But it’s almost impossible for him to help Sri Lanka win this match.
In sport, it’s never say never. But I absolutely think India will win this one and then we will wait for Australia and South Africa.
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