About the Match
Placed 3rd with 6 points in Group A, Sri Lanka will go up against Scotland, who are at the bottom of the table, in the upcoming league on 11th March at the Seddon Park Stadium, Hobart. Sri Lanka will be looking forward to grab another 2 points in the upcoming match and continue their winning momentum till the end. Scotland, on the other hand have lost all their matches played so far in the tournament but they will gather their strength and talents to give a good fight on Wednesday and try to win their first ever match in the world cup.
Losing the last match against Bangladesh by 6 wickets, after coming close to winning their first match in the World Cup, would surely have hurt their morale but the team has many all-rounders and experienced players to bounce back in the next game against Sri Lanka. They had set a target of 318 with player of the match Kyle Coetzer blasting a superb 156 to take Scotland to a sizeable total; his 156 turned out to be the highest individual score a Scottish player in the World Cup. Unfortunately it didn’t prove to be enough on a flat surface although Matt Machan and Preston Mommsen also played a useful hand. On the bowling front, only Josh Davey looked like a threat and scalped a couple of wickets. Meanwhile, their best chance to win came against Afghanistan; the two associates were involved in a thriller, which saw the Asian side chasing down 210, after being 97-7 at one stage. It was heartbreak for the Scottish players however, with a decent bowling attack by Davey, Wardlaw and Evans, they can surely come up with a good performance here. Koetzer, Machan, Mommsen and Berrington have all contributed at some point but are not consistent; they will need to grab this opportunity and prove themselves here.
Sri Lanka lost the last match against Australia by 64 runs in a thrilling chase for 376 even though they signalled to be in good form for the knockout stages; Kumar Sangakkara blasted a fine 104 off 107 and he became the first batsman to score three successive centuries at the World Cup. Dilshan and Sangakkara put up a 130 run-partnership and after Dilshan got out at 62, Dinesh Chandimal hit 52 off 24 before retiring hurt; Anglelo Mathews’ 35 lead the rear-guard action but they fell short at the end. On the bowling front, Lasith Malinga showed his worth in the slog overs and took 2 wickets while Thisara Perera also took 2 wickets. In the match against England, Thirimmane blasted an unbeaten 139 and Kumar Sangakkara scored 117; the batsmen once again showed their strength in chasing a big target but the bowling attack wasn’t impressive enough. Malinga is slowly but surely coming to his best while Thisara Perera and Dilshan are capable to cope under pressure. Overall, Sri Lanka has better experience and ability to cause headache for the opposition in the upcoming matches.
Although Scotland will try to make a comeback with a good performance here, the Sri Lankan squad has explosive batsmen and attacking bowlers, who will challenge the opposition and help the team emerge victorious here.Winner:
Sri Lanka, 1.03 @ Bet365