India bowled Sri Lanka out for just 55 runs in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, extending their dominance over them in one-day internationals this year. Only a few weeks prior, in the 2023 Asia Cup final, India had bowled out Sri Lanka for 50 runs.
The Indian fast-bowling display soon evoked memories of the Asia Cup final, which saw hosts Sri Lanka lose badly at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. On September 17 of this year, India soundly defeated Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup championship match. India secured a record-extending eighth Asia Cup title by bowling Sri Lanka out for 50 runs in 15.2 overs and chasing down the target with 10 wickets and 43.5 overs remaining.
Once again, Indian pacers dominated Sri Lanka when they bowled them out for 55 runs after scoring a good 357 for 8 wickets.
In addition to their lacklustre on-field performances, Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign has been marred by injury, as evidenced by the multiple absences of fast bowlers Lahiru Kumara and Matheesha Pathirana, as well as captain Dasun Shanaka. As a result, Kusal Mendis took over as captain and they were forced to insert Chamika Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, and Dushmantha Chameera as replacements. Prior to the tournament, they had also lost important leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga to an injury.
Sri Lanka has only defeated the Netherlands and England in their first seven games, having lost five of them against South Africa, Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. In order to guarantee their place in the World Cup’s top eight and earn a spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka must improve their performances in their next two games against Bangladesh and New Zealand.