India will clash against their southern neighbours Sri Lanka in what will be the last group match for both the teams at the World Cup 2019 in Leeds on Saturday. Having already qualified for the semi-finals, India will look to fine-tune their still troublesome middle-order, while on the other hand, Sri Lanka who are already out of contention for a place in the last-4 would look to bow out on a high by beating their opponents at Headingley. History is also on SL’s side but recently India have held the upper hand.Sri Lanka are one of the few teams in the World Cup 2019 to have a favourable win-loss against India in the history of the tournament. Of the 8 times the two sides have faced each other in World Cups, Sri Lanka have emerged winners on 4 occasions to India’s 3 with one match yielding no result.Sri Lanka stunned India in their very first meeting in the tournament in Manchester in 1979 – a time when SL were still an Associate member of the ICC. Sunil Wettimuny, Roy Dias and Duleep Mendis hit half-centuries before India collapsed from a comfortable 119/2 to 191-all out to remain winless in the tournament. Their next meeting during the 1992 World Cup was washed out due to rain after just 2 balls being bowled.During the 1996 World Cup, Sri Lanka reaffirmed their dominance over India by beating them twice, including the infamous win in the semi-final.Playing hosts to the World Cup, India must have fancied their chances going into the semi-final against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens and their joy knew no bounds when Javagal Srinath removed the explosive opposition openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharna for scores of 1 and 0 respectively. Impressive rearguard efforts from Roshan Mahanama and Arjuna Ranatunga boosted the Sri Lankan total to 251/8 which still looked a chasuble score for the Indians.advertisement And when India were sitting comfortably at 98/1 with superstar Sachin Tendulkar going great guns, victory seemed preeminent for India. Though what followed was nothing short of being one of the greatest embarrassment in the sport’s history.As soon as Sachin was dismissed, caught down the leg-side of Jayasuriya, the Indian innings went into a downwards spiral losing 6 more wickets for the addition of just 22 runs. The crowd at Eden Gardens erupted and started throwing bottles on the ground along with burning seats and paper cuttings in the stadium. The unruly scenes prompted match referee Clive Lloyd to award the match to Sri Lanka as the conditions weren’t deemed fit to complete the match marking it one of the rare such occasions.India had to wait for 3 more years too earn their 1st ever win over Sri Lanka at a World Cup when Sourav Ganguly (183) and Rahul Dravid (145) helped India post 373/6 before winning the match easily by 157 runs.India continued their winning run against Sri Lanka in the 2003 edition handing them a drubbing by 183 runs after bundling them out for a mere 109.Sri Lanka exacted sweet revenge of these heavy defeats when the 2 sides next met in the 2007 World Cup. Incidentally, the defeat also meant that India crashed out of the tournament having failed to beat Bangladesh earlier.The teams’ subsequent meeting at the 2011 World Cup final is already etched into cricket lovers’ memories as MS Dhoni’s match-winning six off Nuwan Kulasekara won India their 2nd ever title victory and consigned their opponents to the status of runner-up.Since then India have dominated Sri Lanka in ODIs and it shouldn’t be a surprise if India choose to try out all the possible permutations and combinations in their playing XI for Saturday before playing the all-important semi-final.Also Read | What happened last time India met Sri Lanka in World Cup?Also Read | With eyes on top spot, India take on Sri Lanka in final group gameAlso See:
Read more on India vs Sri Lanka: How the teams have fared against each other at World Cups?