India vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2016: Probable playing XIs, Form Guide, Stats, Pitch, Team news, Player quote

The Indian camp has plenty to ponder over with regards to the fitness of their openers.

Last Updated: Mar 01, 2016, 17:47 PM IST
India vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2016: Probable playing XIs, Form Guide, Stats, Pitch, Team news, Player quote

New Delhi: India take on Sri Lanka in Match 7 of the Asia Cup 2016 in Mirpur on Tuesday.

While MS Dhoni's side has hardly put a step wrong, Lasith Malinga's men have struggled to adapt to the conditions.

With two wins on the trot, the Men in Blue can almost certainly seal a spot in the final with a win, while the islanders need the two points for a much-needed boost to their stuttering campaign.

The Indian side has too much quality in its ranks and the defending champions will have to put up a spirited display to halt the march of Dhoni and co.

 

Probable playing XIs

India XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma/Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandra Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra.

Sri Lanka XI: Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Snehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath.

Form guide

Sri Lanka have lost 3 and won 2 of their last five completed matches, while India have won 4 and lost 1.

Stats

In 9 head-to-head meetings so far, India have a slight edge with 5 wins to Sri Lanka's 4.

Pitch

The Mirpur track facilitates sideways movement of the ball, making it difficult for batsmen to play their shots early on. Like Virat Kohli said in his post-match press conference after the win over Pakistan, strokemakers will need to show respect to the conditions on offer.

Team news

While there are no injury concerns for Sri Lanka, the Indian camp has plenty to ponder over with regards to the fitness of their openers. While Dhawan is almost certain to miss a second game in a row, the team management will take a late call on Rohit.

Player quote

Ravichandran Ashwin: There is a familiarity since only 10 teams play international cricket and once you have played couple of years, you are familiar with each opposition. Sri Lanka is a team we have played a lot and they can punch above their weight and play as a pack. I don't know if they are missing (Lasith) Malinga as he is a champion bowler.