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Sri lanka vs scotland pool a 35th match icc world cup 2015 422 views
World Cup 2015 Group A, Hobart
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 Start time 14:30 local (03:30 GMT)
Sri Lanka shoves to make stronger the position
Scotland has a full team to select while they were waiting to see the playing field before deciding if any change is made.
Scotland Team (possible to play):
Preston Mommsen (Captain)
Josh Davey Matthew Cruz(sem)
New entrant Kusal Perera can play instead of Chandimal. Herath is not available. Sri Lanka is likely to get rid of one of their bowlers swing specialist for this game which would allow Suranga Lakmal to XI. There is also a chance Dushmantha Chameera could plays if Sri Lanka opts for four specialized players.
Sri Lanka (possible to play):
Angelo Mathews (Captain)
UpulTharanga / Dushmantha Chameera
The victory of Bangladesh over England means the quarterfinals are decided in Group A, and all that remains is to solve their positions. In case that the results of the fall as form would suggest, Sri Lanka finishes third in the Group and fourth Bangladesh. But Scotland can throw these predictions outside if they beat Sri Lanka or Australia in Hobart next week. It would be a kind of history; Scotland debuted in the World Cup in1999 but they are yet to win a match.
So far in this tournament Sri Lanka have beaten England, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, and losing to Australia and New Zealand. Their plans have been affected by injuries however with four changes already made to the team. Dinesh Chandimal the latest victim ruled out after suffering a pull in the thigh during the defeat to Australia. Rangana Herath also is caring for a finger injury but remains part of the selection.
Kyle Coetzer has enjoyed a strong month against the full members after having scored 96 in a World Cup preparation against the West Indies, followed in good tournament for 71 against England and 156 against Bangladesh. If someone is likely to give Scotland a challenging total against Sri Lanka it is Coetzer.
Sri Lanka have placed high hopes on the recovery of Lasith Malinga's fitness and shape and against Australia, Malinga seemed to be reaching its best level. Deliveriesstill barely breached 140kph but New Yorkers were following new Middle stump, and porters and slower balls were finding their targets also. Despite playing more agitated bowling in the phases of entries, Malinga traveled less than ball run His fielding appears to be gradually improving also and Sri Lanka can also count on the peak by the quarterfinals, as they had always expected it. They just have to find some suitable support.