The Men in Blue finished the group stage at the top of the standings with 15 points from nine matches whereas New Zealand finished the round robin stage at the fourth position with 11 points from nine matches.
Prior to the Sri Lanka clash, India were on the second position with 13 points and the chart was topped by Australia, who had 14 points. However, both India and Australia had one game left before heading into the semis.
The Virat Kohli-led side are currently placed second in the tournament standings with 13 points from eight matches. If they beat Sri Lanka and Australia lose to South Africa, the Men in Blue will move up to the top of the table.
When India and Sri Lanka lock horns at Leeds in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, the Men in Blue would look to finish the group stage at the top of the table whereas the Islanders would try to end their campaign on a high note.
India have won the World Cup twice (1983 and 2011) whereas Sri Lanka have won the tournament only once in 1996.
We have to be realistic, but we will try to score 500 runs against Bangladesh. We have to score 500 runs and try to bowl out Bangladesh for 50. It is very clear that Pakistan have to beat Bangladesh by 316 runs to qualify for the semi-finals. We will try to win the match
Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan tried to carry the momentum set by the openers but the Kiwis did not allow the English batsmen to open their arms. Boult returned and sent Buttler back to the pavilion for 11, bringing Ben Stokes to the crease. However, Mitchell Santner did not allow Stokes to settle in and dismissed him for 11, leaving England at 248/5.
Root needed 24 runs to touch the milestone when he came out to bat against the Kiwis. Root scored 24 runs and achieved the feat but soon after that, he was sent back to the pavilion by Trent Boult.
India officially qualifies for the semi-finals by defeating bangladesh by 28 runs. After 40 matches here is the list of top run getters.