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Sri Lanka vs India predictions - ICC World Cup 44/48

Welcome to our ICC World Cup predictions for Sri Lanka v India being played at Headingley, Leeds. Our Cricket World Cup betting expert runs the rule over the two teams and finds some potentially lucrative wagers.

Leading cricket bookmaker William Hill has rated India red-hot $1.17 favourites to win their final group match against Sri Lanka before the World Cup semi-finals.

India are expected to include batsman Mayank Agarwal in their side for this final match. The right-hander is the replacement for Vijay Shankar, who has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a broken toe.

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India have lost only once in the tournament, against England last Sunday, and this match will largely be about tuning up for the finals, though they can potentially finish top of the standings if they defeat Sri Lanka and Australia lose their final match on Saturday against South Africa.

The Indian machine is humming along nicely with strike bowler Jasprit Bumrah and superstar batsmen Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, especially, in superb touch.

Sri Lanka cannot make the finals but will be keen to finish an up-and-down campaign with a good showing.

It pays to check leading cricket bookies William Hill on the day of the match to spot any late specials on offer. Your tip for top batsman could be among the enhanced odds offering.

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This Sri Lanka v India betting preview will run you through betting options for match 44 of 48 of the ICC World Cup 2019.


MATCH INFO
Sri Lanka v India
Venue: Headingley, Leeds, Saturday, July 6, 10.30am (British time)
Head to head odds: Sri Lanka $5; India $1.17
Last time they met: India 2-219 (32.1 overs) d Sri Lanka 215 (44.5 overs) at Visakhapatnam, India, December 17, 2017.


Sri Lanka v India odds:

For full odds visit the William Hill website.


HEAD TO HEAD BETTING:

Sri Lanka $5, India $1.17
Prediction: We expect India to win and win well, but we are not in the habit of taking bank interest odds about a cricket match. Some will be keen though and $1.17 is close to our assessment of the India’s prospects of winning.


TOP RUN-SCORER BETTING PREDICTIONS:

Sri Lanka:
Top five in betting: Dimuth Karunaratne $4.50, Kusal Perera $4.50, Avishka Fernando $4.50, Kusal Mendis $6, Angelo Mathews $6.50, Lahiru Thirimanne $7.

Top scorers from past five ODIs:
v West Indies: Avishka Fernando 104
v South Africa: Kusal Perera 30, Avishka Fernando 30
v England: Angelo Mathews 85no
v Australia: Dimuth Karunaratne 97
v Bangladesh: Match abandoned

India:
Top five in betting: Virat Kohli $3, Rohit Sharma $3.25, Lokesh Rahul $4.33, Mayank Agarwal $4.50, Rishabh Pant $7.

Top scorers from past five ODIs:
v Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma 104
v England: Rohit Sharma 102
v West Indies: Virat Kohli 72
v Afghanistan: Virat Kohli 67
v Pakistan: Rohit Sharma 140

Top batter prediction: Rohit Sharma has been extraordinary with four centuries so far from eight innings. Unfortunately for us we have been with Virat Kohli for many of the matches, though he has delivered a couple of times as well. We will stick with Kohli for the final group match, though we hope he is part if the enhanced odds offering with William Hill. Avishka Fernando has been great for Sri Lanka since getting his chance in recent matches but Kusal Perera has also been striking the ball nicely and we are happy to be on him this time.


TOP WICKET-TAKER BETTING PREDICTION:

Sri Lanka:
Top five in betting: Lasith Malinga $3.50, Suranga Lakmal $4.50, Isuru Udana $5, Jeffrey Vandersay $5, Jeevan Mendis $5.50.

Top wicket-takers from past five ODIs:
v West Indies: Lasith Malinga 3-55
v South Africa: Lasith Malinga 1-47
v England: Lasith Malinga 4-43
v Australia: Isuru Udana 2-57, Dhananjaya de Silva 2-40
v Bangladesh: Match abandoned

India:
Top five in betting: Jasprit Bumrah $3.50, Mohammed Shami $4, Yuzvendra Chahal $4, Bhuvneshwar Kumar $4.50, Kuldeep Yadav $5.

Top wicket-takers from past five ODIs:
v Bangladesh: Jasprit Bumrah 4-55
England: Mohammed Shami 5-69
v West Indies: Mohammed Shami 4-16
v Afghanistan: Mohammed Shami 4-40
v Pakistan: Vijay Shankar 2-22, Kuldeep Yadav 2-32, Hardik Pandya 2-44.

Top bowler tip: Jasprit Bumrah was our tip against Bangladesh and he duly delivered for us, as did Lasith Malinga, who is finishing what will almost certainly be his final World Cup in grand style. We might try a double with the two spearheads for India and Sri Lanka at odds north of $12.


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Each of our ICC World Cup betting previews will highlight some potential wins for punters, or where our cricket tipsters think there is value to be found.

Jasprit Bumrah man of the match at $11

The batsmen have largely dominated the honours for the Indians at this World Cup but this time we will try their superstar ODI bowler. He has built nicely into the tournament and will be a massive threat to whoever they meet in the semi-finals. He is so hard to get away early.


Sri Lanka v India predictions

WGL, along with a billion or so of their countrymen, expects the India team to win easily, though that is true of almost any match they play in. Their players are well used to playing pressure matches and never take any match lightly. Will be an interesting watch from the perspective of the semi-finals. Good punting.

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