Two neighboring nations both India and Srilanka are all set to lock horns in the ongoing Asia cup at Dubai international cricket stadium today. India is entering the match after suffering a loss against Pakistan in their previous outing. India has got a decent record against Sri Lanka in the T20s by winning 17 out of 25 matches they have played so far. India has got a much-balanced outfit but the form of Rishabh Pant is hurting their middle order. It seems there is no clarity in his role and he is struggling against both spinners and seamers.
Sri Lanka on another hand comes into this match with a back to back wins and they are the table toppers. Despite losing the first game they have come back strongly in their second and third games and chased bigger totals. They are also well-balanced outfits with the right mix of youth and experience. Their top-order has got enough firepower and the experience of Captain Dasun Sanaka is helping a lot in middle overs. Spinners Hasaranga and Theekshana are doing an excellent job with the ball and their only area of concern is their seam bowling. Their seamers are struggling with line and length and it is hurting them, especially in the death overs.
Players to watch out for:
India: Virat Kohli:
Virat Kohli is slowly getting back to his lost form. He has got two back-to-back fifties and is expected to do well today as well. He has got a decent record against Sri Lanka in the past and he is expected to repeat the same which will help India to get back to winning ways.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya is in fine with bat and ball. In the absence of Jadeja, his batting form is vital for India to finish things off when it comes to batting. He is a useful bowler who can be chipping in with a few overs with the ball. Now he has improved his bowling too. So he is the vital cog in the Indian-batting lineup.
Sri Lanka: Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga is the No.1 T20 Bowler in the world at the moment. He can able to get breakthroughs for Sri Lanka in powerplays and middleovers. Considering Indian batters struggle against leg spin he is the vital cog for Sri Lanka.
Dasun Shanaka is one of the fine allrounders the Sri Lanka has ever produced. His handy bowling and power-hitting abilities is really an asset for bowlers. His performance is vital for Sri Lanka to continue their winning ways.
Dubai wicket is so far conductive for batting and all the matches so far played here produced 180+ Scores. Hence it’s going to be the batting pitch today as well. Winning the toss and choosing bowling will be the ideal choice for both the teams.
It’s going to be the sunny day at Dubai and temperature is expected to be around 33 degree celcius. There won’t be any chance for rain.
Propable Playing XI:
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma(Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(wk), Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(wk), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(Captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka