ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka’s team analysis and chances


 Sri Lankan team lacks confidence and will to go through

Sri Lanka has seen only downfall since winning the t20 world cup against India in 2014. Sri Lanka has been struggling to find a replacement of veteran Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Muttiah Muralitharan . After their retirement, Sri Lanka has struggled in all three formats in International Cricket.

There are few players in the current Sri Lankan team who are talented and have the skills but as a team, they haven’t been able to perform. Dimuth Karunaratne would want to announce their return as a top performer at the international stage. They will start their World Cup game against New Zealand on 1st June.

The team has loads of All-Rounders

Captain Dimuth Karrunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Avishka Fernando will go as the specialist batsman. Lankans is going into World-cup with six all-rounders. They have experienced Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera along with youngsters Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Jeevan Mendis and Milinda Siriwardana who will provide the unprecedented balance in both batting and bowling departments.

The only threat in Sri Lanka’s bowling is Malinga’s deadly Yorkers and deceptive slower balls.

Lasith Malinga will lead the pack-attack along with Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep. Mathews, Perera, and Udana will also help the pace attack in middle overs.

Jeffery Vandersay, Jeevan Mendis, de Silva, and Milinda Siriwardana will be the spin options for Sri Lanka. The spin bowling looks very vulnerable and could be easily destroyed by batting lineups of England, India and West Indies.

Lasith Malinga is a legend, he may no longer remain on the helm but he could be useful with his deadly yorkers and deceptive slower balls. Apart from Malinga none of the bowlers seems to be capable of putting fear in batsmen minds.

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Apart from Mathews none of the batsmen have average over 40

We have seen good performances by Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirrimanne but none of the batsmen have been consistent enough for reliability. Apart from Angelo Mathews, there are no other batsmen whose average is more than 40. Angelo has 42.36 and others are either between the 30s to 40s or less than that. Like bowling their batting also looks vulnerable. The seaming wicket of England and Wales will create problems for Sri Lankan team in scoring big scores. We don’t see Sri Lankan team reaching Semi-finals, we fear, they can lose even against Afghanistan.

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