ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is just around the corner and the 10 teams are prepared for the extravaganza event of cricket which is scheduled to start from May 30 to June 14.
Sri Lanka’s World Cup History and Records
Sri Lanka became the champion of the ICC World Cup 1996. They also have been the runners up of the quadrennial event twice in 2007 and 2011. While they reached the semifinals once in World Cup 2003 and quarterfinals in the past edition. Sri Lanka has a 29-31 win-loss record at the world cup.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka Predictions
After the 2011 World Cup, Sri Lanka has not impacted hits presence in the world of cricket. They were recently whitewashed by South Africa in the 5-match ODI series. Sri Lanka would have a tough time to clear the round-robin and reach the semifinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Strengths and Weaknesses
The experience of Lasith Malinga brings depth in Sri Lanka’s bowling lineup. Also with Angelo Mathews making a come back into the team looks on good form and his all-round performance can certainly be helpful for Sri Lanka.
However, Sri Lanka’s batting lineup is very week under pressure. Wickets keep on falling in regular intervals and the side is struggling to make partnerships.
Team News Coming into the Tournament
Sri Lanka is coming into the tournament after losing a 5-match ODI series against South Africa. The team was whitewashed by the Proteas at their home. They were also scheduled to play against Scotland in the 2-match ODI series with the first ODI being washed away with rains.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka’s Warm-up Schedule
Sri Lanka will face South Africa and Australia in their two warm-up matches before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They’ll face the Proteas on 24th May and Australia on 27th May.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka Schedule
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka Squad
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffery Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana
Sri Lanka has not been impressive in the past 6 years. It will be a very tough task for the team to qualify for the knockout stages of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.