Deadline: September 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM IST

Venue: P Sara Oval, Colombo

Pitch report

Runs haven’t been easy to come by at the P Sara Oval. The pitch is on the slower side, catching the batsmen in two minds. The average first and second innings scores read 200 and 148 respectively, at the international level. In the ongoing series, however, the highest score is 262 for 4 by Bangladesh against Afghanistan.

Weather forecast

Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are forecasted in Colombo throughout this week. Expect a few interruptions during the contest.

Teams

Probable XI for India: Arjun Azad, Salil Arora, Shashwat Rawat, Dhruv Jurel (c & wk), Varun Lavande, Tilak Varma, Atharva Ankolekar, Karan Lal, Purnank Tyagi, Akash Singh, Sushant Mishra

Probable XI for Sri Lanka: Navod Paranavithana, Kamil Mishara (wk), Ravindu Rasantha, Ahan Wickramasinghe, Nipun Dananjaya (c), Avishka Tharindu, Kavindu Nadeeshan, Chamindu Wijesinghe, Rohan Sanjaya, Ashian Daniel,  Dilshan Madushanka

NOTE: Pick your fantasy cricket team wisely. 

Fantasy team

We have opted for a fantasy team on the basis of players’ impact, recent performances, and credit points. 

You can also check players’ performances in the last 5 matches. Tap on the players’ names to get the data while making your fantasy team.

My 11: Dhruv Jurel (wk), Tilak Varma, Arjun Azad, Shashwat Rawat, Nipun Dananjaya, Ahan Wickramasinghe, Navod Paranavithana (c), Atharva Ankolekar, Sushant Mishra, Dilshan Madushanka, Rohan Sanjaya

Tip: Given it will be a rain-interrupted contest, make sure you pick most batsmen from the team batting first. You never know how many overs will the match be reduced to, in the second innings.

Match prediction

India have not yet tasted defeat in the tournament, while Sri Lanka succumbed to the pressure of chasing against Afghanistan after comprehensively beating Nepal and UAE.

In all, India have a better batting and bowling line-ups. Two of their batsmen have scored hundreds and two bowlers have taken wickets at an average of below 10. Having said that, Sri Lanka have the advantage of playing at home, knowing the nook and cranny of the P Sara Oval.

Players to watch out for

Arjun Azad and Tilak Varma made headlines, scoring magnificent hundreds against Pakistan last week. They added 183 runs for the second wicket and took India to a colossal score of 305 for 9. The duo will be expected to deliver something similar on Thursday.

In his last 6 U19 matches, Navod Paranavithana has scored 279 runs and taken 11 wickets. He also is the highest wicket-taker of the tournament.

For India, Sushant Mishra and Atharva Ankolekar have done the bulk of the damage with the ball, taking 7 wickets each.

Squads

India: Salil Arora, Dhruv Jurel (c & wk), Arjun Azad, Shashwat Rawat, Varun Lavande, Tilak Varma, Atharva Ankolekar, Karan Lal, Purnank Tyagi, Akash Singh, Sushant Mishra, Vidyadhar Patil, Suved Parkar, Nehal Wadhera, Pankaj Yadav

Sri Lanka: Kamil Mishara (wk), Nipun Dananjaya (c), Navod Paranavithana, Ravindu Rasantha, Ahan Wickramasinghe, Avishka Tharindu, Kavindu Nadeeshan, Chamindu Wijesinghe, Rohan Sanjaya, Ashian Daniel, Dilshan Madushanka, Thaveesha Kahaduwaarachchi, Sandun Mendis, Amshi de Silva, Yasiru Rodrigo

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