Sri Lanka will play against Scotland in the 35th match in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Among the Pool A sides Sri Lanka will go unquestionably go into the match as favourites. The match will be played at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart. Having already qualified for the quarter-finals alongside New Zealand, Australia and Bangladesh, Sri Lanka will hope to take a win over Scotland to garner momentum going into the next round. Kumar Sangakkara, who has peaked at the right time, will look to feast on the Scottish bowlers at the small Bellerive Oval. Scotland have had a far from ideal tournament – albeit a slightly respectable one. In their opener against New Zealand, they displayed great determination with the ball and allowed New Zealand to win by only three wickets despite setting the tournament favourites just 143 to win. They then lost to England heavily, but came back hard against Afghanistan. Their match against Afghanistan was an absolute cliff-hanger and Scotland at one stage looked all set to finally win a World Cup match but Afghanistan held their nerve better and opened their win account instead. In their next match against Bangladesh, they put a respectable 318 on board and at one stage looked good to defend it but Bangladesh won in the end with nine balls and four wickets to spare. Sri Lanka, have had a good tournament and currently have won three game, but lost two. Sri Lanka have lost both their matches against the co-hosts which are New Zealand and Australia but have won against England, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Sangakkara has been in prime form and he will hope to collect yet another century in the tournament to take his tally to four from just six matches. In the bowling department, no single bowler has stood out but the team has hunted in a pack. Lasith Malinga showed glimpses of regaining form in the previous match against Australia and may prove nightmarish to the Scots. Scotland will rest their hopes on Kyle Coetzer in the batting department who scored a hundred against Bangladesh. They’ll also want Richie Berrington and Josh Davey to come good against the strong opposition. Sri Lanka will most certainly enter the match as favourites but will be wary of the fact that Scotland will play with a nothing-to-lose attitude and may prove more than a handful.
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