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India and Sri Lanka Set to Clash in 2023 Asia Cup Final

The 2023 Asia Cup final between India and Sri Lanka promises thrilling cricket. Injuries have forced both teams to seek alternatives, while intriguing questions about batting and bowling tactics linger. Weather may impact the match.

The 2023 Asia Cup has reached its pinnacle, with India and Sri Lanka set to face off in what promises to be a thrilling final. Both teams have had an eventful journey to the summit clash, with commanding victories followed by close contests en route.

India, fresh off impressive wins against Nepal and Pakistan, faced a victory and a loss each in their recent matches, prompting questions about their best combination. The absence of Axar Patel, ruled out due to injury, has opened up opportunities for the team to explore strong alternatives and backups. Washington Sundar has been drafted in as his replacement, adding to the team’s experimentation.

Sri Lanka, much like their counterparts, has had its share of challenges. Injuries to key players, including Maheesh Theekshana, have forced them to rethink their strategy. Theekshana’s absence has opened up questions about the team’s best pace pack and opening duo, making the final a crucial platform to find answers.

The ongoing Asia Cup has also raised intriguing questions about the game. Is batting depth overrated in ODIs? Is there a need to compromise on the quality of bowling to accommodate better batting reputations in the lower order?

One player who made a strong case for the latter argument is India’s Axar Patel. Despite underwhelming bowling performances, Axar managed to contribute significantly with the bat, providing the team with crucial runs in pressure situations.

As fans eagerly await the final showdown, the weather may have a say in the proceedings, with thundershowers expected on Sunday. A reserve day is in place, but reduced overs and rain breaks could play a significant role.

Team News:

India: Axar Patel’s absence due to injury has paved the way for Washington Sundar’s inclusion. The likely XI includes Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar or Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, and Mohammed Siraj.

Sri Lanka: Maheesh Theekshana’s hamstring injury has led to the inclusion of Sahan Arachchige. Sri Lanka faces questions about their best pacers and opening combination. The likely XI comprises Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madhushan or Dushan Hemantha, Kasun Rajitha, and Matheesha Pathirana.

Interesting Facts:

  • Shubman Gill leads the ODI run charts in 2023 with over 1000 runs, showcasing his exceptional form.
  • Kusal Mendis has struggled against Indian bowlers, with averages of 12.5 against Jasprit Bumrah and 4 against Mohammed Siraj.
  • Virat Kohli boasts an impressive record at the R Premadasa Stadium, averaging 107.44 with four centuries and a fifty in 10 innings played at the venue.

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