The Leaked XI from Sri Lanka World Cup squad for the Match:
1.Dimuth Karunaratne(Left-Hand Batsman)(Captain)
2.Avishka Fernando (Right-Hand Batsman)
3.Lahiru Thirimanne(Left-Hand Batsman)(Vice-Captain)
4.Kusal Mendis (Right-Hand Batsman)(Wk)
5.Angelo Mathews (Right-Hand Batsman)
6. Dhananjaya de Silva (Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Off-Spin)
7.Thisara Perera (Left-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium-Fast)
8.Jeevan Mendis (Left-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Leg-Spin)
9.Isuru Udana (Right-Hand Batsman)(Left-Arm Medium)
10.Lasith Malinga (Right-Arm Fast)
11.Nuwan Pradeep (Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
12.Kusal Perera (Left-Hand Batsman)
The Top 7 batsman are chosen since they were able to get 322 against Scotland a team which won against England last year. It is a tried and tested line-up considering the other line-ups in the other warm-up matches could only get around 240-250.
Dhananjaya de Silva has been very economical 4-5 runs an over bowling around 6-8 over in each of the last 3 warm-up matches. Therefore in the official match, he can bowl all his 10 overs.
Reasons for the bench players-
Kusal Perea while he is one of Sri Lanka`s best players in the squad he is not accustomed to the English condition yet. Therefore instead of rushing him into XI and dismissing his confidence, it is better to bench him for the first game so that he is raring to go against Afganistan considering Kusal Perea is a very good player against spin.
Jeffrey Vandersay performance is very similar to Jeevan Mendis and since Jeevan can bat Jeffrey Vandersay has to be Bench. But if the wickets are dry possible in the second half of the world cup he will definitely come into play.