One dangerous result’s all it takes to go away a group watching potential elimination from the Asia Cup. Pakistan confronted – and overcame – that problem after dropping to India within the group levels. And now it is India who’re in a precarious position after losing to Pakistan within the Super 4 spherical.
Rohit Sharma’s group can not afford to lose to Sri Lanka in Dubai on Tuesday. If they achieve this, the defending champions must depend on different outcomes going their option to have an opportunity of creating the ultimate. And Sri Lanka will turn out to be favourites for a spot within the summit conflict.
Sri Lanka WWLWL (final 5 accomplished T20Is, most up-to-date first)
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Pakistan’s Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan stifled India on Sunday, and Sri Lanka will hope their spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana can do the identical. Both Hasaranga and Theekshana have spectacular numbers within the UAE, and now have expertise of bowling to the Indian batters on the IPL. On the flip facet, India too will pay attention to the methods they’ve. All in all, it could possibly be a contest that decides the sport.
Pitch and circumstances
The final three video games in Dubai featured 5 innings with scores in extra of 180. However, all of it is determined by which pitch Tuesday’s match will likely be performed on, and its location on the sq. will resolve if there is a shorter boundary for batters to use. Evening temperatures will likely be round 35°C and the night time is not going to be a lot cooler, which reduces the possibilities of dew taking part in a job within the chase.
Expect Sri Lanka, looking for a hat-trick of wins, to stay with the identical XI.
Sri Lanka (possible): 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.
India (possible): 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 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 games. But I don’t mind the [lack of] big talk [around our team]. I would prefer to focus on the way we are playing.”
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka is glad together with his facet flying below the radar
“When you are under pressure, anyone can make a mistake. It was a big match. The situation was also tight… but when the environment is good, you learn from those situations. And you look forward to the next opportunity. I give the credit to the captain and the team management for creating such an environment where everyone feels that the next time such an opportunity comes, we want to seize it.”
Virat Kohli backs Arshdeep Singh after the bowler dropped an important catch within the defeat to Pakistan