September 30, 2022
Match Preview – India vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2022, Match 9, Super Four

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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 did not start the tournament well. He was dismissed for 105 in the opening game and then saw Afghanistan run down the target with 59 balls to spare. Since then, however, Sri Lanka have scored two morale-boosting victories, chasing 184 in an essential group game against Bangladesh and 176 in their first Super 4 match against Afghanistan.
The Sri Lankan batsmen are not the T20 superstars of the world but they have a big target to redeem. Against Afghanistan, Pathum Nisanka, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored 30 runs to beat Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s 45-ball 84 of 84. They can follow the same plan against India as well.
Although India lost against Pakistan with the last ball, they had some big positives in that game. After scoring a first-ball duck and 39-ball 36 in his first two innings, KL Rahul found the flow and played some brilliant shots in his 28-ball 28. His straight six off Naseem Shah was arguably the shot of the match. Virat Kohli also looked close to his best, making a “conscious effort” to score at a higher rate. When Kohli was at the crease, he scored 60 off 44 balls; The batsmen at the other end scored 45 runs in 45 balls.
But it is a time of crisis as far as their campaign is concerned, and India will have to beat Sri Lanka to be in control of their fate in the Asia Cup. They will draw confidence from the fact that they eliminated them at home in the three-match T20I series earlier this year.

form guide

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.

After losing a wicket in India’s first two matches of the Asia Cup, Yuzvendra Chahal took 1 for 43 in his four overs in the Super 4 match against Pakistan. That performance was on a pitch where the other three spinners of the match took 4 for 82 in 12 overs (economy 6.83). In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel and Ravindra Jadeja, India needed Chahal in their 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.

team news

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.

With Avesh Khan available, India can return to their original combination of three specialist fast bowlers, one specialist spinner and two all-rounders. This could mean that Ravi Bishnoi, despite performing well against Pakistan, is making way for Axar Patel.
Axar is a left-handed batsman, and Hasranga is the only spinner to have a stock ball that goes away from right-handed batsmen, India can replace Rishabh Pant with their designated finisher Dinesh Karthik.

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.”
Virat Kohli Backed Arshdeep Singh after bowler dropped a crucial catch in defeat to Pakistan

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