The Asia Cup 2023 final, India vs Sri Lanka is here and it is a clash of the titans as India take on Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, September 17. Both teams have been in superb form throughout the tournament and have reached the summit clash after overcoming some tough challenges. India are the defending champions of the ODI format of the Asia Cup, while Sri Lanka are the reigning champions of the T20I format. The final promises to be a thrilling encounter between two of the most successful teams in the history of the continental cricket tournament.
But before you tune in to watch the live action, here are some important details you need to know about the Asia Cup 2023 final, such as the weather report, pitch report, playing 11 and match prediction.
The weather in Colombo has been unpredictable and rainy for most of the Asia Cup 2023 matches. Several games have been affected by rain interruptions and reduced overs. The final is also likely to face some showers during the afternoon and evening. The temperature is expected to be around 29°C, with high humidity and partly cloudy skies. The wind speed will be around 13-17 km/h.
There is a reserve day available for the final in case of a washout on Sunday. If both days are rained out, then the trophy will be shared between India and Sri Lanka.
The pitch at the R Premadasa Stadium has been a balanced one, with something for both the batsmen and bowlers. The spinners have enjoyed some turn and bounce on this surface, while the pacers have used the new ball and slower deliveries effectively. The average first innings score at this venue in the last 10 ODIs is 244 runs, which is not easy to chase down under pressure.
The team winning the toss might prefer to bat first and put up a big total on the board. However, there is also a possibility of dew factor in the second innings, which could make batting easier.
India are likely to make some changes to their playing 11 after resting some of their key players in their last match against Bangladesh, which they lost by six runs. Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav are expected to return to the side, while Washington Sundar has replaced Axar Patel, who is injured.
Sri Lanka might stick to their winning combination from their last match against Pakistan, which they won by two wickets in a nail-biting finish. However, they might bring back Kasun Rajitha in place of Pramod Madushan, who was expensive in his debut game.
Here are the probable playing 11 for both teams:
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Dushan Hemantha, Matheesha Pathirana
Key Players from both side
Shubham Gill, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Dunith Wellalage
India have a clear edge over Sri Lanka in terms of head-to-head record and recent form. India have won nine of their last 10 ODIs against Sri Lanka, including their Super Four match earlier this week by 41 runs. India also have a more balanced and experienced side than Sri Lanka, with players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah being world-class performers.
However, Sri Lanka cannot be underestimated as they have shown great resilience and fight throughout the tournament. They have some talented players like Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka and Dunith Wellalage who can change the game with their skills. They also have the advantage of playing at home and having the support of their fans.
Therefore, we predict that India will win the Asia Cup 2023 final by a close margin and lift their eighth title.
The weather forecast for Colombo on September 17 is as follows:
- The temperature is expected to be around 29°C, with high humidity and partly cloudy skies.
- There is a high chance of rain throughout the day, with precipitation of 90 percent in the afternoon and evening.
- The wind speed will be around 15 km per hour, which could affect the swing and seam movement of the ball.
- There is a reserve day available for the final in case of a washout on Sunday. If both days are rained out, then the trophy will be shared between India and Sri Lanka.
I hope this helps you plan your day and enjoy the match. 😊
The head-to-head record between India and Sri Lanka in ODIs is as follows:
- India and Sri Lanka have played 166 ODIs against each other, out of which India have won 97, Sri Lanka have won 57, one match was tied and 11 matches had no result.
- In the Asia Cup ODIs, India and Sri Lanka have played 20 matches against each other, out of which both teams have won 10 matches each.
- In the Asia Cup finals, India and Sri Lanka have played seven matches against each other, out of which India have won four and Sri Lanka have won three.
Where to watch live Asia Cup 2023 final:
Can watch live streaming on DISNEY PLUS HOTSTAR mobile APP
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