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

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A bad result is enough to leave a team in view of possible elimination from the Asian Cup. Pakistan faced – and overcame – this challenge after losing to India in the group stage. And now it’s India who are in a precarious position after losing to Pakistan in the Super 4.

Rohit Sharma’s side cannot afford to lose to Sri Lanka in Dubai on Tuesday. If they do, the defending champions will have to rely on further results for any chance of advancing to the finals. And Sri Lanka will become favorites for a place in the summit clash.

Sri Lanka did not start the tournament well. They were fired for 105 in the opener and then watched Afghanistan run for the target with 59 balls to spare. Since then, however, Sri Lanka have picked up two wins to boost their morale, chasing 184 in a must-win group game against Bangladesh and 176 in their Super 4 opener against Afghanistan.
Sri Lanka’s hitters aren’t world T20 superstars, but a big target seems to set them free. Against Afghanistan, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa smashed fast 30s to beat Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s 45-ball 84s. They could also follow the same plan in a lawsuit against India.
Although India lost the penultimate ball against Pakistan, they had some positives in this game. After a first-ball duck and 39-ball 36 in his first two innings, KL Rahul found fluidity and played some great shots in his 20-ball 28. His straight whip for six against Naseem Shah was arguably the hit Match. Virat Kohli also looked close to his best, making a “conscious effort” to score at a higher rate. While Kohli was in the crease, he scored 60 runs on 44 balls; the batters at the other end scored 45 of 45.
But as far as their campaign is concerned, this is the critical moment, and India must beat Sri Lanka to retain control of their own Asian Cup destiny. They will gain confidence from shutting them out at home in the three-game T20I series earlier this year.

Form Guide

Sri Lanka WWLWL (last five completed T20Is, most recent first)

In the spotlight

Pakistanis Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan stifled India on Sunday, and Sri Lanka hope their spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana can do the same. Both Hasaranga and Theekshana have impressive numbers in the UAE and also have experience bowling with Indian batters in the IPL. On the other hand, India too will be aware of the tricks it has. All in all, it could be a contest that decides the game.

After going without a wicket in India’s first two Asian Cup games, Yuzvendra Chahal had numbers of 1 in 43 in his four overs in the Super 4 match against Pakistan. This performance was on a field where the other three spinners in the match had combined numbers of 4 for 82 from 12 overs (saving 6.83). In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel and Ravindra Jadeja, India needed Chahal to improve their game.

Location and conditions

The last three games in Dubai have featured five innings with scores above 180. However, it all depends on the pitch Tuesday’s game will be played on, and its location in the square will decide if there is a shorter limit to exploit. for hitters. Evening temperatures will be around 35°C and overnight will not be much cooler, reducing the chances of dew playing a role in the hunt.

Team News

Expect Sri Lanka, looking for a hat-trick of wins, to stay with the same XI.

Sri Lanka (likely): 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Mendis (wk), 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Danushka Gunathilaka, 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Asitha Fernando, 11 Dilshan Madushanka.

With Avesh Khan available, India could return to their original combination of three specialist fast bowlers, one specialist spinner and two allrounders. This could mean that Ravi Bishnoi, despite his good results against Pakistan, makes way for Axar Patel.
With Axar being a left-handed hitter and Hasaranga the only spinner with a stock ball that deflects right-handers, India could also replace Rishabh Pant with their designated finisher Dinesh Karthik.

India (likely): 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 Chahal


“When it comes to Asian cricket, everyone talks about India-Pakistan matches. But I don’t mind [lack of] great speech [around our team]. I would prefer to focus on the way we play.”
Sri Lankan Captain Dasun Shanaka is happy with his side that flies under the radar

“When you’re under pressure, anyone can make a mistake. It was a great game. The situation was also tight…but when the environment is right, you learn from those situations. And you look forward to the next one. I give the I thank the captain and the management of the team for creating such an environment where everyone feels that the next time such an opportunity arises, we want to seize it.”
Virat Kohli backs Arshdeep Singh after bowler drops crucial catch in loss to Pakistan


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