By Staff Writers | August 18, 2017
The home team will need to put their poor performances from the Test series behind them fast. © AFP
Sri Lanka can seal direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in the upcoming five-match home series against India, which commences in Dambulla on Sunday.
The 1996 World champions will have to win at least two matches to secure a place in the pinnacle 50-over competition by staving off the challenge from the West Indies.
The cut-off date for direct qualification is September 30.
Sri Lanka is currently placed eighth with 88 points and have 10 points more than the West Indies, who have an unenviable task of being among the seven top-ranked sides, along with hosts England, to gain direct qualification.
The bottom four sides in the ODI team rankings will need to play a qualifying event featuring the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League.
The top two teams from this event will get to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Winning two matches will take Sri Lanka to 90 points, while the West Indies side will at best reach 88 points even if they win their one-off ODI against Ireland on September 13 as well as all five matches of their series in England from September 19-29.
However, a 4-1 win for India will see Sri Lanka finish at 88 points and the Windies could edge Sri Lanka on decimal points if they win all their upcoming six matches.
The West Indies will go out of contention if they lose to Ireland, as from there they will at best reach 86 points and remain behind Sri Lanka on decimal points, even if Sri Lanka loses 5-0 to India.
India wins 5-0 — India 117 points; Sri lanka 86 points.
India wins 4-1 — India 115 points, Sri Lanka 88 points.
India wins 3-2 — India 113 points, Sri Lanka 90 points.
Sri Lanka wins 3-2 — India 111 points, Sri Lanka 91 points.
Sri Lanka wins 4-1 — India 109 points, Sri Lanka 93 points.
Sri Lanka wins 5-0 — India 106 points, Sri Lanka 94 points.
India v Sri Lanka series schedule:
20 Aug — 1st ODI, Dambulla
24 Aug — 2nd ODI, Pallekele
27 Aug — 3rd ODI, Pallekele
31 Aug — 4th ODI, Colombo
3 Sep — 5th ODI, Colombo
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