The two teams will face each other for the first time in the current edition of the Asian Cup. While India and Pakistan qualified for the Group A Super 4s, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan advanced from Group B.
Although India entered this stage of the tournament with two wins from two matches in the league stage, they now find themselves in a tricky position following the 5-wicket loss in a one-game thriller to Pakistan last Sunday. .
India must win tonight’s game to secure their first points and remain in contention for the 9/11 final. If they lose tonight, it could mean curtains for Rohit Sharma and co. in the Asian Cup 2022.
If you love fantasy cricket and are about to build your squad for that crucial Asian Cup match, you must be wondering who to pick in your squad. On paper there is no doubt that India are the superior team, but how can they bounce back from losing the last game against their rivals?
Sri Lanka have just won against Afghanistan in their last match.
Here’s a quick rundown of a possible combination of fantasy play XIs you might consider, possible play XIs for tonight’s game, pitch and weather conditions and more:
Fantasy playing XI: Possible combination –
Best hitters: KL Rahul, Pathum Nissanka, Virat Kohli (c)
Mid-order beaters: Suryakumar Yadav (vc), Danushka Gunathilaka
Wicketkeeper: Kusal Mendis
Versatile: Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel
Pacers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dilshan Madushanka
Turners: Wanindu Hasaranga
Possible playing eleven for India and Sri Lanka:
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL RahulVirat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pants (wk), Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu HasarnagaChamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka
Venue for tonight’s game: Dubai Sports City Stadium, Dubai
Ground: From what we saw Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul do in the initial phase of India’s latest game against Pakistan, the pitch offered could be a good surface to strike first. However, it will be interesting to see what the surface looks like for tonight’s game. The spin could play a role. A sewing move will be offered for fast bowlers. No dew expected.
Average first batting score in Dubai: 160
Preferred option after winning draw: Hunt.
Weather forecast: Hot and humid. The temperature hovers around 36 degrees during the match. 50% humidity expected.
Match start time: 7:30 p.m. IST
ICC T20I team ranking: India (1); Sri Lankan (8)
Head to head in the general classification of the Asian Cup: Both teams have won 10 games each out of 20 played
Global face to face of the T20I: Played – 25; Won by India – 17; Won by SL – 7; NR – 1. India gain % – 70.83
India and Sri Lanka’s full squads at the 2022 Asian Cup:
India: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja (excluded due to injury), R Ashwin, Yuzvendra ChahalRavi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel
Pending players remaining: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar.
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Charith Asalanka, Ashen Bandara, Dinesh Chandimal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhanjaya de Silva, Nuwanidu Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Praveen JayawickramaChamika Karunaratne, Pramod MadushanDilshan Madushanka, Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay
Where to watch and follow India v Pakistan in the Asian Cup 2022:
You can see live match commentary, updates, latest stats, pitch results, player analysis and more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports
TV: Star Sports Channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD (English), Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD (Hindi)
Live broadcast : On the Disney+ Hotstar website and app
Asian Cup: most titles:
India (7 titles – 6 in ODI format and 1 in T20I format) – 1984, 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2010, 2016, 2018
(India have also been runners-up 3 times – in 1997, 2004 and 2008 – losing all 3 finals to Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka (5 titles) – 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2014
Pakistan (2 titles) – 2000, 2012
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