ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva says his team can take winning momentum to defeat India

Sri Lanka's topsy-turvy World Cup continued with a 23-run victory over West Indies on Monday, just four days after their were beaten by nine wickets on the same ground by South Africa.

Press Trust of India, Jul 02, 2019 12:32:59 IST

Chester-le-Street: Sri Lanka may be already out of the World Cup but the team's off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva believes they can end their campaign on a high with an upset win over India on Saturday.

Sri Lanka's topsy-turvy World Cup continued with a 23-run victory over West Indies on Monday, just four days after their were beaten by nine wickets on the same ground by South Africa.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lankas Dhananjaya de Silva says his team can take winning momentum to defeat India

Dhananjaya de Silva admitted that his side has nothing to lose against India. AP

This was their third victory in the tournament and while they can no longer qualify for the semi-finals, they have already upset hosts England and de Silva believes they can claim another scalp against Virat Kohli's side at Headingley.

Sri Lanka have won only one of their last eight ODIs against India but they did beat them by seven wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval in 2017.

And Saturday's game is a repeat of the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai which India won.

The 27-year-old de Silva admitted that his side has nothing to lose against India, one of the favourites to lift the trophy at Lord's on 14 July.

"We have done well against India in other ICC tournaments and we have just beaten West Indies so if we can take that confidence and momentum into the next game then we can beat India again," de Silva said.

"We are trying hard to win every game and if we beat India then we can finish fifth."

He admitted that the decision to bring Angelo Mathews on to bowl was a surprising one given that the former captain had not bowled in an ODI for 18 months.

However, Mathews had Windies century-maker Nicholas Pooran caught behind with his first ball and tilted the enthralling game back in Sri Lanka's favour.

"Angelo put his hand up and he did the job," de Silva said.

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Updated Date: Jul 02, 2019 12:32:59 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254