Quick Bit: India are set to take on Sri Lanka in the final of the 2023 Asia Cup on Sunday in Colombo.
India are set to take on Sri Lanka in the final of the 2023 Asia Cup on Sunday in Colombo.
The two teams finished first and second respectively on the points table in the Super Fours round of the Asia Cup. The two sides will lock horns for the second time in the tournament but with everything at stake this time.
India are record winners of the Asia Cup, having lifted the trophy on seven occasions. Sri Lanka have won six in total, including the 2022 edition and will be hoping to draw level with their opponents on Sunday.
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India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul(w), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis(w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Dunith Wellalage, Dushan Hemantha, Pramod Madushan, Matheesha Pathirana.
Rahul Dravid: We were a bit worried about the weather, but we’ve got decent cricket throughout the tournament. Hopefully, we can get over the line today. Sometimes, you won’t be at your best but to scrap out a win. Some of the catching and fielding in the earlier game against Sri Lanka was really impressive. We need to play good, smart cricket. They are a good team playing in home conditions, we need to execute our skills and scrap out a win. (On Injuries) All teams are in a similar position, injuries so close to the WC could really cost you. We just need to keep our fingers crossed, trust our processes. We are in a tricky situation where some guys need to be rested, while some guys need some cricket. It is a tricky balance to achieve.
Rohit Sharma: Would have batted first too, looks like a dry pitch. We are confident of chasing down whatever Sri Lanka put on the board. This is a good chance to go aggressive with the ball and see what the surface has to offer. We came really close last game, anything about 240 on this surface is good. Our job today is to do well with the ball, and then see what we can do with the bat. The crowd have been brilliant, good support for both teams but probably a bit more for Sri Lanka. Hopefully, they get to witness a good final. Everyone’s back after the rest in the last game, Axar is injured so Washington Sundar comes in for him.
Dasun Shanaka: We’ll bat first. Seems like a good wicket, there will be some turn in the afternoon. Last year, we weren’t able to get these crowds but this time we are really fortunate. I’m very pleased with the youngsters – Wellalage, Pathirana, Samarawickrama. It is a good team and the results are there, this is a good boost for the WC. One change – Theekshana out, Hemantha in.
TOSS: Sri Lanka have won the toss and they will bat first.
Pitch Report presented by Sanjay Manjrekar and Dominic Cork: Fresh pitch for the final. Colombo pitches have generally been useful for the spinners. We are right next to the pitch used for the earlier India Sri Lanka game. It is a dry surface, 70m boundaries all directions. As a captain, it’ll be better to be batting first and then hope for some turn at night.
India vs Sri Lanka Head-to-Head in ODIs
Sri Lanka and India have faced each other in 167 One Day Internationals. While Sri Lanka won on 57 occasions, India won 97 times. 13 matches ended in a no-result.
India vs Sri Lanka: Weather Forecast in Colombo
The forecast indicates overcast conditions at certain times during the course of the day.
There is a 69% chance of rain. The daytime temperature could reach a maximum of 30 degrees, but temperatures are anticipated to decrease to around 25 degrees in the evening.
India vs Sri Lanka betting odds
India are the favorites to win the contest as per the betting odds.
Odds (via Dafa)
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