Sri Lanka World Cup squad – My XI for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Warmup-Sri Lanka v South Africa

My XI from Sri Lanka World Cup squad for the Match:

1.Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain)

2.Avishka Fernando 

3.Kusal Mendis  

4.Lahiru Thirimanne 

5. Angelo Mathews

6.Kusal Perera (Wk)(Maybe Injured as he didn`t play againist Scotland)

7.Jeevan Mendis

8.Isuru Udana

9.Thisara Perera

10.Lasith Malinga  

11.Nuwan Pradeep

Bench-

12. Milinda Siriwardana

13Jeffrey Vandersay

14.Dhananjaya de Silva 

15.Suranga Lakmal

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  1. thats a good team .But can you expect jeevan and thisara to bowl 10 overs each ? I reckon we need to go in with 6 bowling options because thisara and jeevan are both allrounders .So dananjaya de silva is a must for this team .But the problem is that he is useless if he bats at no.6 or 7. Also one out of kusal mendis, avishka or thirimanne will have to sit out to make room for him. the other option I see is to drop out thisara and put in one more fast bowler so that we wont have to break dananjaya into the top6 .This would be my XI .

    1.D Karunaratne
    2.D.De Silva (free license to play aggressively)
    3.L.Thirimanne
    4.K.Mendis
    5.A.Mathews
    6.K.Perera
    7.J.Mendis
    8.T.Perera
    9.I.Udana
    10.L.Malinga
    11.N.Pradeep

    • D Karunaratne has seemed to be in favor of Aviska Fernando and Sri Lanka are going to play DDS at no.7 never in the Top 6. I would go for the second option where you replace T-Perea with a Suranga Lakmal. Since T.Perea seems useless with Bat and Bowl.

  2. I don’t think selectors will replace Avishka with DDS as he is highly recommended for the team by Asantha as well. There is no issue with Avishka opening since he is a power hitter (unlike DDS) who can increase the RR during the first 10 overs by scoring few sixes. With Dimuth opening we definitely need a power hitter as the other opener. As Kusal P is going to bat deep, Avishka opening is the best option. His only problem is little foot movement and our batting coach has some work to do on improving this aspect.

    I too agree that Thisara has to be benched due to his very poor form in batting as well as bowling.

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