In the Final match of the Asia Cup 2023, India will take on home side Sri Lanka tomorrow, September 17, at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo at 3 PM IST.
India and Sri Lanka will square off for the second time in the current edition to see who is the finest on the continent. Even though the Indian team will enter the game with a defeat, they still want to give it their best in the final match and approach the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with the utmost confidence. It will be tremendously beneficial to have Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj back in the starting lineup. While captain Rohit Sharma would desire to get past his duck against Bangladesh, Shubman Gill would undoubtedly want to keep up his recent form and once again give India a strong start. With the ball as well, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav will aim to create havoc in SL camp and restrict batter to a low score.
On the other side, Sri Lanka enters the final match of the tournament after a tenacious victory over Pakistan, which fielded some elite bowlers. Kusal Mendis, SL’s finest batsman, would like to keep up his form, while players like Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, and Charith Asalanka would like to support him and assist SL in scoring some crucial runs. In the bowling department, Matheesha Pathirana and Dunith Wellalage have impressed the most. Furthermore, the manner Wellalage is bowling, it is bound to put him on track to become one of the finest spinner bowler. Both teams have talented athletes that are eager to compete and win the Asian Cup.
Head to head:
The Men in Blue won 97 of the 166 ODI matches played between the two nations, while Sri Lanka won 57 of them. 11 games also ended without any conclusion. Additionally, both sides won 10 times each against each other in the history of the Asia Cup.
Where to watch:
TV: Star Sports
OTT: Disney+ Hotstar