A bad result is all it takes to leave a team potentially out of the Asia Cup. After losing to India in the group stages, Pakistan faced – and prevailed. And now it is India who are in a precarious position after losing to Pakistan in the Super 4 round.
Rohit Sharma’s team cannot afford to lose to Sri Lanka in Dubai on Tuesday. If they do, the defending champions will have to rely on other results to have a chance of making the final. And Sri Lanka will become a strong contender for a place in the summit clash.
Sri Lanka WWLWL (last five completed T20Is, most recent first)
in the headlines
Pakistan’s Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan suffocated India on Sunday and Sri Lanka hope their spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Mahesh Teekshana can do the same. Hasaranga and Thekshana both have impressive numbers in the UAE, and also have experience bowling to Indian batsmen in the IPL. On the other hand, India would also be aware of his moves. Overall, it can be a competition that decides the game.
pitch and conditions
The last three matches in Dubai consisted of five innings with scores of over 180. However, it all depends on the pitch on which Tuesday’s match will be played, and its location on the square will determine whether there is a short range for the batsmen to exploit. The evening temperature will be around 35 degree Celsius and the night will not be very cold, which reduces the chances of dew.
Expect Sri Lanka to be with the same XI looking for a hat-trick of wins.
Sri Lanka (Probable): 1 Pathum Nisanka, 2 Kusal Mendis (wk), 3 Charit Aslanka, 4 Danushka Gunathilaka, 5 Bhanuka Rajapakse, 6 Dasun Shanaka (Captain), 7 Vanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Mahesh Thikshana, 10 Asitha Fernando, 11 Dilshan Madushanka.
India (Probable): 1 Rohit Sharma (Captain), 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Dinesh Karthik/Rishabh Pant (WK), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Avesh Khan, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11 Yuzvendra Chahalo
“When it comes to Asian cricket, everyone talks about the India-Pakistan Games. But I don’t care. [lack of] big deal [around our team], I would love to focus on the way we are playing.”
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka happy to fly under the radar
“When you’re under pressure, anyone can make a mistake. It was a great match. The conditions were tight too… But when the atmosphere is good, you learn from those situations. And you look forward to the next opportunity.” The credit goes to the captain and the team management for creating such an environment where everyone feels that the next time such an opportunity comes, we want to capitalize on it.”
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