"Balanced" India the World Cup favourites, admits Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne

Following the seven-wicket defeat at Headingley, the captain of the 1996 winners is convince their sub-continent rivals will go all the way

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Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne is tipping India to win the World Cup ahead of the knock-out phase.

Virat Kohli's side warmed-up for the semi-finals with a comfortable seven-wicket win over the 1996 winners at Headingley.

Rohit Sharma struck a record-breaking fifth century of the tournament while fellow-opener KL Rahul also went to three figures.

Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to 264 for 7 and Karunaratne has seen enough to convince him that the two-time winners are the favourites.

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Having been thrashed by 10 wickets by New Zealand and seen Australia beat them by five, Sri Lanka secured a 20-run win over England in their matches against the semi-finalists.

"Every team have played really well," he admitted. "England have a good team, India, Australia they are a good side. But India have a good balanced side. 

"They have good spinners, good fast bowlers and the top of their batting keep scoring hundreds. 

"India has a better chance to win this World Cup from my point of view. If any team can beat India they are going to win it."

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