India vs Sri Lanka
India will face Sri Lanka in the fourth match of the Super Four Round on September 12, 2023, at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. The IND vs SL match will start at 3:30 pm Bangladesh time. India will join the match without a rest day as their previous match against Pakistan shifted to reserve day on September 11. Preview of India vs Sri Lanka ODI Match in the 2023 Asia Cup Rain has had a significant impact on the Asia Cup, particularly affecting the Indian cricket team. India had managed to complete only one full game, which was interrupted by rain when they faced Nepal. Their first match against Pakistan was abandoned entirely due to rain, although they did have the opportunity to bat. Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, India secured an impressive 10-wicket victory against Nepal in their second game. However, their highly anticipated India vs Pakistan Super Four match encountered multiple interruptions due to rain. And the match has shifted to reserve day. On Monday, India resumed their innings at 147-2 in the 50-over game. This interruption came after rain abruptly halted their innings, following Pakistan's choice to bowl first in Colombo. Read more: India clinch historic victory against Pakistan by a staggering 228-run margin Virat Kohli, at eight runs, and KL Rahul, at 17 runs, were at the crease when the rain started, causing the players to leave the field. The ground staff made hardworking efforts to prepare the field for a potential restart after the showers stopped. Despite three inspections by the umpires signaled resuming the match, it was ultimately the rain that had the final say. Captain Rohit Sharma, with a score of 56, and opening batsman Shubman Gill, who contributed 58 runs, provided India with an excellent start, establishing a challenging partnership of 121 runs from 100 balls, which already put Pakistan under pressure. In contrast, Sri Lanka successfully completed their first Super Four match against Bangladesh with a win and is now filled with confidence as they prepare to face India. Sri Lanka lost the toss and went to bat first in their last Super Four match against Bangladesh. They scored 257 runs, losing 9 wickets. Bangladesh scored 236 runs from 48.1 overs. Hence, Sri Lanka won by 21 runs. In the group stage, Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh and Afghanistan. However, among the three matches in this Asia Cup, Sri Lanka faced a tough time against Afghanistan. But they won the match by two runs. Despite being weaker than India, the three wins in the Asia Cup will surely give them enough confidence to give a good fight against India. Read more: ICC World Cup 2023: India ODI Squad Analysis Probable Playing XI for India Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. Probable Playing XI for Sri Lanka Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, and Matheesha Pathirana. IND Vs SL Head to Head ODI Matches So Far In head-to-head encounters, India has a substantial advantage over Sri Lanka, with a lead of 39 more victories. In one-day internationals, India and Sri Lanka have met on 165 occasions. Out of these, India emerged victorious 96 times, while they suffered defeat in 57 matches. Additionally, 11 games concluded without a result, and one game ended in a tie. Read more: ICC World Cup 2023 Warm-up Schedule: Full fixture list, match timings and venues Key Indian Players to Watch Shubman Gill This rising star in Team India has gained acclaim for his explosive batting skills. And he has proven himself whenever he gets a chance. In the last match against Pakistan, he scored 58 runs from 52 balls with a 111.54 strike rate. In addition to this performance, this year, Shubman Gill showcased his talent by scoring an impressive total of 885 runs in 15 matches, with a remarkable average of 68.07. Apparently, he is well-known for his ability to deliver match-winning performances. Rohit Sharma Although Rohit is having a bit of time in his career, his last performance against Pakistan was incredible. His 56 runs from 49 balls at 114.29 strike rate helped India to score a quick hundred. Rohit Sharma's ODI career is marked by an impressive record of 9,978 runs in 247 matches, which includes an extraordinary 30 centuries and three double centuries. In addition to his exceptional batting skills, he also contributes valuable leadership skills, with the aim of steering India towards championship success. Jasprit Bumrah India's bowling strength significantly depends on Jasprit Bumrah, who leads their pace attack and is widely recognized for his ability to give a breakthrough when needed. As he returns to the squad, India will surely be able to put some pressure on Lankan batters. Bumrah has an impressive track record, having taken 121 wickets in 72 innings, with his best bowling performance being 6/19. His unique skill of delivering crucial overs at the right moment in the innings makes him an invaluable asset for the Indian cricket team. Read more: Novak Djokovic wins the US Open for his 24th Grand Slam title by beating Daniil Medvedev Key Sri Lankan Players to Watch Matheesha Pathirana Matheesha took 7 wickets in this Asia Cup in just three matches. So, he can definitely contribute in the next match. However, he couldn’t do well against the Afghans. Overall, Matheesha Pathirana played 7 ODI matches so far in his career and took 12 wickets. The young star has enough potential to give his best against India. Sadeera Samarawickrama Sadeera has been doing well in this Asia Cup, as he scored 150 runs, with the highest score of 93 runs against Bangladesh in the last match. Overall, he played 20 ODIs for Sri Lanka and scored 550 runs. Although he has yet to score any century, Sadeera has a good strike rate of 92.12. Maheesh Theekshana Another young star, Maheesh Theekshana, is a valuable asset for Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2023. He took six wickets in the last three matches. However, he got five wickets in his two appearances against Bangladesh in this Asia Cup. Overall, he has played 25 innings for Sri Lanka and got 42 wickets with 4/25 best bowling performance. Final Words After considering the head to head records and recent performance, India has a clean, competitive edge. Moreover, India whitewashed Sri Lanka in the last series in January 2023. So, if the weather remains okay, India has a great chance to win the IND vs SL Super Four Round game in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023. Read more: Predictions: Who will win Asia Cup 2023?
India won the second T20I match by 7 wickets in Dharamsala on Saturday (February 26), clinching the series with one game left. India hope to complete a clean sweep over Sri Lanka in the last match on Sunday. The third match will be held at the same stadium and will begin at 7.30 p.m. (Bangladesh Standard Time). On the other hand, Sri Lanka will try to avoid a whitewash in the final match of the series. The third T20I match preview of IND vs SL T20I Series 2022 is discussed in this article. India vs Sri Lanka 2022: Third T20I Match Preview Sri Lanka failed to put up a fight in the first two matches of the series. After two consecutive thrashing victories, Indian T20 skipper Rohit Sharma expects his team to be even more merciless against Sri Lanka in the third encounter. On the other side, the Sri Lankan team will try to reclaim some respect by winning the final match of the IND vs SL T20I series 2022. India India's top order and middle order are in peak form. Their bowling unit has been outstanding in the series. Captain Rohit Sharma and the team management have no major issues to deal with in this series as everything is going smooth at the moment for the Indian side. Therefore, changes in the playing XI may be made in order to test the skills of other players. It would be interesting to see whether India stick with the same lineup that won the second T20 or makes some changes. However, one thing is certain: India will be looking to whitewash Sri Lanka in order to demonstrate their true ability in the T20 format of cricket. Read:BAN vs AFG Series 2022: Bangladesh Eye Clean Sweep against Afghanistan in Final ODI Top Two Performers of India in 2022 IND vs SL T20I Series Shreyas Iyer (Batting) - Inn: 2 | Runs: 131 | HS: 74* | SR: 181.94 | 50s: 2 Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Bowling) - Inn: 2 | Wickets: 3 | BBI: 2/9 | Econ: 7.50 Predicted Playing XI Top Order: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Middle-Orders: Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Harshal Patel, Lower-Order: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal. Read:ICC WC Super League Points Table: Bangladesh Dethrone England after Series Win over Afghanistan Sri Lanka While some Sri Lankan players have played well in the series, the team as a whole has lacked tenacity. Therefore, Sri Lanka lost the first two games of the series. The Sri Lankan batters fared much better in the second T20I, and they must maintain this level of performance in the next encounter. It was Sri Lanka's bowling that let them down in the first two matches. The bowlers must perform well, and Captain Dasun Shanaka will be looking for timely breakthroughs from his bowlers in the third match. Sri Lanka has a chance in the match if their bowlers can put pressure on the Indian batting line by scooping up wickets. The Sri Lankan team may make some important changes to their lineup for the third T20I encounter. Top Two Performers of Sri Lanka in 2022 SL vs IND T20I Series Pathum Nissanka (Batting) - Inn: 2 | Runs: 75 | HS: 75 | SR: 138.88 | 50s: 1 Lahiru Kumara (Bowling) - Inn: 2 | Wickets: 3 | BBI: 2/31 | Econ: 10.57 Read ICC WC Super League Points Table: Bangladesh Dethrone England after Series Win over Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI Top Order: Pathum Nissanka, Kamil Mishara, Charith Asalanka, Middle Orders: Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal (wicket-keeper), Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lower Order: Praveen Jayawickrama, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara. Weather Forecast and Pitch Report According to the latest weather report, temperatures in Dharamsala will be cool on Sunday evening, with humidity in the 30s. However, there is no rain in the forecast in that part of the region on Sunday. The pitch was ideal for the batters in the second match and it would most likely be the same in the third match. Therefore, the final match of the series is predicted to be a high-scoring affair. Read:Hunting small targets helps me do well: Liton Bottom Line The Indian team will start as favorites in the third Twenty20 encounter of the series, given that Sri Lanka's performance against the hosts has been underwhelming. If Sri Lanka want to beat India, they will have a hurdle to overcome in the third match. The management of the Sri Lankan side must build confidence in their players that they can beat India in the final match of the IND vs SL T20I series in 2022.