Asia Cup 2022, India vs Sri Lanka: India seek bowling balance in must-win game against Sri Lanka
Asia Cup 2022, India vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma-led India would need to get the best out of their thin bowling resources and avoid too much experimentation when they clash with Sri Lanka in their must win Super 4 game in the Asia Cup on Tuesday.
India’s bowling options are limited because injured bowlers Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, and Jasprit Bumrah are not available.
On Sunday, India faced Pakistan with five bowling options. But it did not go well for them since Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a rare off day.
Yuzvendra Chahal, who hasn’t been at his best in the tournament, and Hardik Pandya both proved costly after a match-winning performance in the first game against Pakistan.
The importance of Hardik’s four overs increased by the five-bowler notion. To add more balance, Jadeja’s identical counterpart Axar Patel can be added to the starting eleven.
As the third specialist pacer, Avesh Khan, who was ill before the Pakistan match, may also return.
Rahul Dravid emphasised that India would aim to play their best eleven in the run-up to the World Cup, but Rohit Sharma’s team is still trying new things.
The management offered Deepak Hooda a chance at the expense of the Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batter. He barely got to bat in the first two games due to the heated discussion between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik within the team.
Although there may not be enough bowling resources at the time. India needs to make a decision regarding their middle order quickly.
The prominent top-performance order’s in the Pakistan game was the game’s biggest plus. Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Rohit Sharma all displayed a high level of aggression and provided India a thrilling start.
After scoring his second consecutive fifty in the Asia Cup, Kohli’s detractors can now finally relax. Although he might not yet be at his best, he demonstrated enough progress on Sunday.
One may anticipate that Kohli and the other two openers would attack Sri Lanka from the first ball.
After suffering a severe loss in their first game, Sri Lanka has improved their campaign. After pulling off two close chases against Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
With the exception of batsman Charith Asalanka at position three, Sri Lankan hitters have had a significant influence, whether it was captain Dasun Shanaka and Kusal Mendis against Bangladesh or Danushka Gunathilaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa against Afghanistan.
The team led by Chris Silverwood now believes it can triumph in any circumstance. Although they are a young team, India will be cautious of them. India will not compete in the championship race after one more defeat.
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.