India (IND) will be up against Sri Lanka (SL) in the Final of the Asia Cup 2023 at the R Premdasa Stadium in Colombo on September 17. India played three games in the Super Four stage where they were able to win two and finished at the top of the table. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, had a similar record but due to a poorer net run rate finished in the second position.
India had squared off against Bangladesh in their last match, where India won the toss and elected to bowl. The match being a dead rubber, both these teams decided to experiment and test their bench strength. With good knocks from Shakib, Hridoy, and Nasum, Bangladesh posted a strong total of 265 runs. India did not start well, losing their opener and captain right in the first over. Shubhman’s and Axar’s wickets proved to be the match-defining difference between the two teams as Bangladesh won the match by just six runs.
India vs Sri Lanka, Final
Asia Cup, 17 Sep 2023, Sun, 3:00 PM IST, R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Rohit Sharma (C), HH Pandya, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wk), RA Jadeja, Ishan Kishan, JJ Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, KL Yadav
Pathum Nissanka, C Asalanka, MADI Hemantha, Dunith Wellalage, D de Silva, D Shanaka (C), K Mendis (wk), S Samarawickrama, K Perera, Matheesha Pathirana, PM Liyanagamage