Shami not playing in today’s match vs Sri Lanka: India have rested their premier fast bowler for their last league match.
During the 44th match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Sri Lanka and India at Headingley, India fast bowler Mohammed Shami hasn’t found a place in the playing XI.
In the four ODIs which Shami played in this World Cup, he dismissed 14 batsmen at an average of 13.78, an economy rate of 5.48 and a strike rate of 15 including a five-wicket haul against England.
It was captain Virat Kohli who made the announcement during the toss. It was Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne who won the toss and chose to bat in a dead-rubber. Karunartane also confirmed the one change which Sri Lanka have made.
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“We will bat first. It was an obvious plan, it’s a used wicket and will get slower and slower. We didn’t capitalize in the first few games, but we then started to settle, correct those mistakes and started to do well. One change, Thisara Perera replaces [Jeffrey] Vandersay,” Karunaratne was quoted as saying at the toss.
Shami not playing in today’s match vs Sri Lanka
Talking about Shami, Kohli mentioned that the fast bowler has been rested alongside leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for this match.
“We would have batted first as well, used pitch, will get slower and drier as the match progresses. Feels good, the team is doing well, majority of the batsmen are doing well, so are the bowlers, we are striking a good balance at the right time. Two changes for us, one forced. [Yuzvendra] Chahal has been rested and so is [Mohammed] Shami. Kuldeep [Yadav] and [Ravindra] Jadeja are in,” Kohli was quoted as saying.