One bad result is all it takes to leave the team looking likely to be eliminated from the Asian Cup. Pakistan faced that challenge – and won – after a group defeat by India. And now it is India who are in trouble after losing to Pakistan in the Super 4 round.
Rohit Sharma’s side cannot afford to lose against Sri Lanka in Dubai on Tuesday. If they do, last year’s champions will have to rely on other results to get a chance to enter the finals. And Sri Lanka will be favorites for a place in the top clash.
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In the spotlight
Pakistan’s Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan stun India on Sunday, and Sri Lanka will be hoping for their spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Mahesh Tekshana. Both Hasaranga and Tekshana have impressive numbers in the UAE, and also have experience bowling to Indian batsmen in the IPL. On the other hand, India also knows about their tricks. In general, it can be a contest that decides the game.
Location and conditions
Five innings of the last three games in Dubai have scored more than 180, but it all depends on the innings of Tuesday’s match and where the batsman is in the crease will determine whether there is a short margin to exploit. The night temperature will be around 35 °C and the night will not be very cold, which will reduce the chance of dew playing in the chase.
Expect Sri Lanka to stick with the same XI in search of a hat trick.
Sri Lanka (Probable): 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Mendis (wk), 3 Charit Asalanka, 4 Danushka Gunathilaka, 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Mahish Tekshana, 10 Ashina Fernando. , 11 Dilshan Madushanka.
India (Probable): 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 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 the India-Pakistan games. But I have no problem. [lack of] Great speech [around our team]. I’d rather focus on the way we played.” Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka is happy that his team has flown under the radar.
“When you are under pressure, anyone can make a mistake. It was a big match. The situation was very tight… but when the environment is good, you learn from those situations. And you wait for the next opportunity. Thanks to the captain and the team management, everyone will be like this next time.” Whenever an opportunity comes, we want to take advantage of it.” Virat Kohli has faced Arshdeep Singh in Pakistan’s loss.