The reality that the Lankans have struggled to zero down on the skipper for the World Cup 2019 testifies how badly they’re having fun with in the intervening time.

Sri Lanka team
Sri Lanka crew. ({Photograph} Provide: Getty Pictures)

Sri Lanka Cricket might be within the midst of its worst half ever inside the historic previous of the game. They’ve struggled to hunt out their ft in white-ball cricket as correctly and the players have largely dissatisfied inside the ultimate one yr. The reality that the Lankans have struggled to zero down on the skipper for the World Cup 2019 is a testament of how mismanaged points are in the intervening time.

Dimuth Karunaratne, who hasn’t carried out ODI cricket inside the ultimate Four years, was named the captain of the aspect which reveals how deep a problem the crew is in. A number of the players inside the aspect have almost reached the twilight of their occupation and haven’t been anyplace close to their most interesting. Within the meantime, the kids, are broadly inexperienced and have found it highly effective to match the expectations on the best diploma.

Sri Lanka – The underdogs?

It is pretty highly effective to state the Lankans are even underdogs this time. The kind of cricket they’ve been having fun with has been hopeless. They need a miracle of sorts to point out points spherical. The crew has gone once more to their veteran cricketer, Angelo Mathews as quickly as as soon as extra. The all-rounder hasn’t carried out any ODI cricket as a result of the end of the Asia Cup ultimate yr.

Owing to his poor type, opener Upul Tharanga wasn’t picked inside the aspect for the match. The Lankans have backed the rookie Avishka Fernando to do correctly inside the match. An entire lot of their chances, nonetheless, will depend on Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera who’ve usually been inconsistent. Comparable has been the case with Thisara Perera who doesn’t seem like at his most interesting in the intervening time.

An entire lot of youth is present inside the bowling division with the seasoned campaigner, Lasith Malinga, being the chief of the assault. Sri Lanka will start the match with the match in the direction of New Zealand. The Kiwis are one in all many favourites to hold the title. Numerous stern challenges lie ahead for them after this sport as correctly. They need one factor specific in the event that they’re to finish inside the excessive 4.

Fixtures

Squad

Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal.