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India and Sri Lanka have crossed paths 25 times in T20I cricket previously. The men in blue enjoy the upper hand as they have won 17 of those fixtures, while the Lankans have beaten them only seven times. Even though they lost their previous match, we have predicted India to win this match.
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India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant/Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda/Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka/Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando/Nuwan Thushara, Dilshan Madushanka.
India and Sri Lanka will lock horns in the third match of the Super Four of Asia Cup on Tuesday, 6th September. The match will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.
India were having a fantastic competition until very recently. They started their group stage campaign with a five-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan, and then handed Hong Kong a 40-run defeat in their last group stage match to enter the Super Four stage as the toppers of Group A. However, in the second phase, things have not worked out in India’s favour so far. In their last match, they suffered a five-wicket defeat against Pakistan.
Sri Lanka’s case is exactly the opposite, as they had the worst possible start but have since been unstoppable. The Lankans suffered an eight-wicket defeat against Afghanistan in their first group stage match, but made it to the Super Four by beating Bangladesh by 2 wickets. In their first match of this stage, Dasun Shanaka’s boys avenged the first defeat by handing Afghanistan a four-wicket defeat.
The Indian think tank will be faced with a few selection dilemmas, as they could either field an unchanged team or make wholesale changes to their playing XI. As for the changes they could make, Rishabh Pant had a poor outing with the bat against Pakistan, scoring only 14 runs. He could be replaced by Dinesh Karthik. Besides that, the option of five frontline bowlers came back to haunt India in the last match, and hence, India could field Axar Patel in this match at the expense of Deepak Hooda.
Sri Lanka’s team management will be facing a similar situation. There will be a temptation to field the same team that defeated Afghanistan, but a closer inspection will show room for improvement. Charith Asalanka is not having the greatest of outings, and in the last match, he scored only 8 runs. He could be replaced by the mightily experienced Dines Chandimal, while in the bowling department, Nuwan Thushara could be preferred ahead of Asitha Fernando.
Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli was not in the best of forms coming into this competition, but the former Indian skipper has picked the best time to find his rhythm back. He has so far scored 154 runs in three matches, maintaining an average of 77 and a strike rate of 126.22. He scored 60 runs in the last match against Pakistan, whereas the match before that saw the lad from Delhi scoring an unbeaten 59 against Hong Kong.
Kusal Mendis: Sri Lanka have mostly relied on collective performance instead of individual brilliance, but if we are to pick their best performer so far, it will perhaps be batter Kusal Mendis. He is currently leading the run-scoring charts of his team with 98 runs in three matches, which has come at an average of 32.66 and a strike rate of 163.33. His knock of 36 runs in the last match was crucial, but his 60-run inning in the last group stage match against Bangladesh was more impressive.
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|Teams||India vs Sri Lanka|
|Location||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|Time||Tuesday, 6th September, 7:30 PM IST/2 PM GMT|
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