Pitch and weather: The Wankhede is always full of runs. The venue has hosted two games so far this World Cup, where South Africa, batting first on each occasion, posted 399 and 382. Expect a similar, high-scoring game once again. The temperature will hover around 35°C, with no forecast of rain.
India vs Sri Lanka Highlights 2023, ICC CWC 2023 33rd Match, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Thursday 2-11-2023.
Mendis: I think second batting is better than batting first. The players have done well in a couple of matches and are giving their best. Very important three games for us. One change: Dushan Hemantha for Dhananjaya de Silva
Rohit: I would’ve batted first. Good pitch and some assistance at start. Under lights, it will be nice for our seamers to bowl. Great honour to captain India at the World Cup where I’ve grown up playing. As a team, we thrive on getting better however way we can. Obviously, important for us to not get carried away and it’s important to stay balanced. We’re playing the same team.
Toss: Sri Lanka chose to field.
India team: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Mohammed Shami, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Mohammed Siraj.
Sri Lanka team: Pathum Nissanka, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis (capt, wk), 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Dushan Hemantha, 8 Maheesh Theekshana, 9 Kasun Rajitha, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Dilshan Madushanka.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 167
India Won: 98
Sri Lanka Won: 57
India ODI Rankings: 1st
Sri Lanka ODI Rankings: 7th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Sri Lanka LWWLL
Match Timings: 8:30 AM GMT | 2:00 AM Local
Umpires – Chris Brown, Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire – Rod Tucker
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Richard Illingworth
Match number – ODI no. 4690
Post Match Presentation
“I am very disappointed. They bowled really well with seam and swing, and unfortunately we couldn’t play to our potential. [Feel bowling first was a mistake?] Uhhh, I can’t say like that. The wicket looked a little slow that’s why I wanted to bowl first. I think Madushanka bowled really well, but Shubhman’s chance and Virat’s chance weren’t taken and then the game changed a bit. But everyone bowled well in the middle overs. They then bowled really well in the first six overs, I think we need to give credit to their fast bowling unit. [can you turn it around] We have two matches with Bangladesh and New Zealand, so we will come back stronger.”
“I’m very happy knowing we have qualified for the semifinals, this was the first goal. But how we approached the seven games has been quite clinical, and a lot of individuals have put in the efforts, put their hands up and stood up. It was a good challenge for us to bat and put runs on the board. That’s the kind of template you want to have when you want to score that many runs. Credit to the batters for getting to that total and then the seamers obviously. Shreyas is a very strong lad, strong in his mind, and today he did what he is known for – take on the opposition and the bowlers. He’s been working very hard on his game and today we saw what he’s capable of.
As for Siraj, he’s a quality bowler and if he does that it’s quite a big difference for us. So very happy with how the squad as performed, even Surya in the last game. To put in a performance like this back to back, against England and now, shows the quality of the seamers. Obviously when there’s something for them in the conditions, they are quite lethal. [KL Rahul DRS reviews?] I have left it to the bowler and the keeper to make those calls, but yeah I have to find individuals I can trust to make those calls, some may go here and there, today was 50-50 but that happens some times. [South Africa] They’re playing some good cricket, so are we, so it’s going to be a good game.”
Mohammed Shami is the Player of the Match:
“I want to first thank Allah – all the hard work we are putting in, the rhythm we have found, it’s because of that that you are getting to see this storm (on the cricket field), the incredible things our bowling unit is doing. The rhythm we are bowling with, I can’t believe anyone will not enjoy it. So, yes, we are enjoying ourselves a lot and working together as a unit, and you are able to see the results of that. [On becoming India’s highest WC wicket-taker] Yeah, I am trying (to do my best), as always, trying to pitch the ball in the right areas and trying to find the right rhythm, because in big tournaments, if you lose the rhythm it’s very difficult to get it back.
So right from the start, the attempt has been to focus on the right areas and right lengths, and it’s working, so why not try to repeat it? Yeah, it’s tough, but I will say it again: your rhythm has to be right and the areas you hit must be right. Especially with the white ball, if you hit the right areas, you get movement off the pitch. So that’s what matters the most. Not rocket science. Just a matter of rhythm, good food, keep your mind uncluttered, and, most importantly, the love of the people. The support we get in India has a huge role. When you go out of India, you get so much support from Indians. So I will keep trying to make everyone happy.”