India are all set to lock horns with Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023 final, vying for the coveted title, which could mark India’s record-breaking eighth championship win. The encounter is scheduled for this Sunday at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Cricket enthusiasts from both nations and worldwide eagerly await this exciting contest.
The most recent clash between these two teams was an electrifying contest with fans on the edge of their seats. India narrowly escaped defeat, securing a hard-fought 41-run victory. Sri Lankan all-rounder Dunith Wellalage emerged as the match’s hero, delivering a stunning performance. He claimed his maiden five-wicket haul and made a valuable contribution with the bat, scoring an impressive 42 runs.
Both India and Sri Lanka are undoubtedly aiming for victory in the final to claim the title of Asia’s undisputed cricket champions.
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ODI stats and records at R. Premadasa Stadium:
- Total matches: 160
- Matches won batting first: 88
- Matches won bowling first: 62
- Average 1st Inns scores: 233
- Average 2nd Inns scores: 192
- Highest total recorded: 375/5 (50 Overs) by India vs Sri Lanka
- Lowest total recorded: 78/10 (33.1 Overs) by Sri Lanka Women vs England Women
- Highest score chased: 292/4 (48.3 Overs) by Sri Lanka vs Australia
- Lowest score defended: 170/10 (49.2 Overs) by West Indies Women vs Sri Lanka Women
R. Premadasa Stadium Pitch Report:
The surface at Premadasa Stadium has been known for favouring spinners. The pitch at this location is great for spin, with plenty of turn and bounce. At the same time, the surface provides certain advantages to batters due to its quick outfield and comparatively shorter boundaries. Nonetheless, chasing a target on this track may be daunting due to its persistent support for spinners. The average 1st innings score in ODIs on this venue is 233.
Colombo Weather Forecast:
The Sunday weather forecast for Colombo indicates challenging conditions for the Asia Cup 2023 final. There’s an 80% chance of rain, potentially leading to interruptions in the match. High humidity at 79% will add to the discomfort for players, while the 16 km/hr winds could affect ball movement.
IND vs SL, Probable Playing XIs:
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Sahan Arachchige, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana
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