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India vs Sri Lanka Preview: Asia Cup 2023 Final Showdown in Colombo


Cricket  •  17 Sept, 2023  •  14,850 Views  •  ⭐ 4.0

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On Sunday, September 17, two cricketing giants, India and Sri Lanka, will battle it out at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. As the thrilling Asia Cup reaches its climax, fans are gearing up for an intense contest. While Sri Lanka looks to defend their title, India seeks to reclaim the coveted trophy. The island nation's journey to the finals, against all odds, has been nothing short of impressive.

Recent Team Performances

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India and Sri Lanka head into the final with divergent paths. India, having last tasted victory in the 2018 Asia Cup, thirsts for another title. Sri Lanka, currently 8th in the ODI rankings, yearns to prove they aren’t just underdogs. In a recent encounter, Sri Lanka showcased their prowess by restricting India to a paltry 213, only to falter in the chase. With a turning pitch expected for the final and the absence of key players for both teams, strategies will play a critical role.

Pitch and Weather Report

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The R Premadasa Stadium will host its sixth match in nine days, pointing to a slow, spin-friendly track. However, with wet conditions anticipated, the extent of turn remains uncertain. The unpredictable weather has been the talk of the town, with rain interruptions being frequent. Light showers are predicted for the final, but hopes are high that the game will not face a complete washout, given the reserve day on Monday.

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Predicted Lineups for India vs Sri Lanka: Asia Cup 2023

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Indian Team: Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul(wk), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj.

Sri Lankan Team: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Dunith Wellalage, Dushan Hemantha, Matheesha Pathirana, and Pramod Madushan.

Players in Focus: Mendis, Thakur, and Washington

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Kusal Mendis is in sublime form, amassing 253 runs in the series. A century against India could be the cherry on top of his Asia Cup campaign. The absence of Axar Patel leaves a void in India's bowling attack. Washington Sundar, with his off-breaks, seems the obvious choice. However, Shardul Thakur, who has been consistently performing, may also be in contention.

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Live Streaming Details

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Cricket enthusiasts can catch the live-action on the Hotstar app in India. Viewers in Pakistan can tune into PTV Sports, and those in Australia can avail of the Kayo Sports free trial. For fans outside these regions, a VPN can provide access to their usual Asia Cup streaming channels.

Conclusion

The stage is set for a classic showdown as India and Sri Lanka vie for the Asia Cup 2023. With the unpredictability of weather and the challenges posed by the pitch, strategies and adaptabilities will be tested. As fans from both sides eagerly await the finale, one can only hope for a match worthy of a final. Let the best team win!

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