Asia Cup 2022: India eye win to stay alive in competition, Sri Lanka aims for solidifying final spot
Asia Cup 2022: The Men in Blue’s hopes of reaching the tournament’s final, which they have won seven times and are now defending, will be greatly impacted by their upcoming Super Four phase matchup against Sri Lanka, while Sri Lanka will be hoping to increase their chances of moving on in the competition.
Tuesday’s second Super Four stage matchup at the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 will pit India versus Sri Lanka. India enters this match still very hurt from their Super Four debut loss to arch-rival Pakistan. Given that Pakistan qualified for the final as well, the Men in Blue will be motivated to continue their campaign. In order to not only win the trophy for the seventh time but also exact revenge on their adversaries.
On the other side, Sri Lanka will be looking to build on their four-wicket victory over Afghanistan in their first Super Four match. This team has recently generated some unexpected results. And defeating a top-tier Indian team will be at the top of their collective bucket list.
India must make sure that openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma continue to bat aggressively and for a longer period of time in order to produce a favourable outcome. Virat Kohli will also be anticipating another strong performance. In order to boost his yearly stats and get back into his best shape. He has 154 runs in three games and two half-centuries. That makes him the second-highest run scorer in the Asia Cup 2022 so far.
It is crucial that the middle order, which includes players like Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, and Dinesh Karthik, moves past its blunder against Pakistan and keeps playing the kind of intent-driven innings that have made them so dependable over the past few months.
In Pakistan, Indian bowling was uneven. Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi, two young bowlers, produced both wickets and economy. But older bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Hardik Pandya struggled. For India’s prospects of reaching the final, a collectively excellent bowling performance will be crucial.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka is not a side to be disregarded despite its flaws. And lack of star power.
The team’s openers, Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis, have the power to catch teams off guard with their devastating blows. In order to give their side a strong start during the powerplay. They will need to play skilled bowlers like Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar, and Arshdeep exceptionally well.
Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and captain Dasun Shanaka are more top-order/middle-order batsmen who have the potential to be dangerous and contribute in middle overs.
Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, and Dilshan Madushanka among the bowlers in Sri Lanka’s well-balanced bowling attack. That also includes the all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga. They have the ability to steal the match from their rivals on any given day.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwanidu Fernando and Dinesh Chandimal.