On Sunday afternoon in Colombo at the R.Premadasa Stadium, India and Sri Lanka will face off in the 2023 Asia Cup final. India won the Super Fours with a perfect 4/4 score and a 1.753 net run rate. Sri Lanka hopes to defend the crown they won in 2022 by winning this championship. Keep reading for a preview of this matchup. At 15:00 local time, the championship game will begin.
We anticipate India to field their strongest team yet despite their loss to Bangladesh on Friday. It won’t be easy, but they have the right people on the field to pull off the upset.
On Thursday, Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 2 wickets when it appeared like the game was almost over. They will think they have an equal chance of winning regardless of where they start the contest.
Only one of the three occasions a Super Fours commander chose to bat first resulted in a victory, so we anticipate that both captains will elect to field first prior to this match.
The weather forecast for Colombo is similar to what we have seen throughout the Super Fours, with excessive humidity and a likelihood of rain occasionally interfering with play.
Although this can sometimes appear to be a decent batting wicket, there is assistance for the bowlers and overhead conditions that aid swing bowlers.
The bowling track at R.Premadasa Stadium is presently in excellent condition. As the game progresses, the pitch becomes increasingly difficult to bat on, making the second half particularly challenging. The average tally per inning is approximately 265.
Head to Head:
In the aggregate ODI head to head, India leads Sri Lanka 97-57, and they enter the 2023 Asia Cup Final seeking their fifth consecutive victory over Sri Lanka.
IND vs SL Team Form in Last Five Matches:
IND : W W W NR W
SL : W L W W W
India made five substitutions for Friday’s match against Bangladesh, resting Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and Jasprit Bumrah. We anticipate that Rohit Sharma will reinstate all participants for the 2023 Asia Cup final. Washington Sundar has replaced Axar Patel, who is injured and unable to play.
India Squad Prediction:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
Sri Lanka Preview:
Sri Lanka’s final Super Fours match saw Kusal Perera promoted to the top of the order, while Pramod Madushan was brought in to reinforce the pace bowling attack. Due to an injury, Maheesh Theekshana will not be available for the championship match. Sri Lanka must therefore make adjustments to the team that played against Pakistan.
Sri Lanka Squad Prediction:
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, Matheesha Pathirana, Sahan Arachchige
IND vs SL Head to Head Stats in Tests
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India vs Sri Lanka Prediction:
The victor of the 2023 Asia Cup will be determined in this championship match, which has been extremely entertaining. Although the weather has at times been a hindrance, we have witnessed some outstanding batting and bowling throughout the competition. Sri Lanka is the current holder, and we anticipate that they will work very hard in this match, with several of their bowlers having the potential to win the game. However, India’s batting lineup is significantly superior, and we believe they will prevail.