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IND vs SL, Asia Cup 2023 match: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: India vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2023, 9th match (IND vs SL)

Date: September 12, Tuesday, 3.00 PM IST

Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

India and Sri Lanka are set to face off in a pivotal Super 4 match in the Asia Cup 2023 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. With both teams currently holding 2 points each, securing a victory in this contest is of utmost significance for their respective changes to advance to the final of the tournament.

India are so far unbeaten in the tournament. In their first Super 4 game, they defeated arch rivals Pakistan by a big margin in Colombo only yesterday. India’s top order batted brilliantly to pile up a target that was always going to be difficult on the Colombo pitch. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill scored half centuries while Virat Kohli and KL Rahul scored centuries to take India to a big total of 356 runs, in reply to which Pakistan managed only 128 before being bowled out. In the group stage fixture between the two teams which was called off after the first innings, the Pakistan bowlers dominated the Indian batsmen. In the return fixture, however, the Indian batsmen completely dominated the Pakistan bowlers.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last 13 ODIs. Interestingly, they bowled out the opponents in all these 13 wins. In their most recent match against Bangladesh in the Super 4 round of the Asia Cup 2023, Sri Lanka posted a total of 257 batting first, before bowling out Bangladesh for 236 runs in 48.1 overs. Maheesh Theekshana, Dasun Shanaka and Matheesha Pathirana picked up three wickets each to help Sri Lanka win comfortably. The team that loses between India and Sri Lanka will go back home.

Ahead of the game between India and Sri Lanka, here is everything you need to know to win big on MPL fantasy cricket.

Weather update and pitch report for IND vs SL, Asia Cup 2023, match 9

The R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo hosted the recent game between India and Pakistan, where India went on to post a big total of 356 runs, so another high scoring game is likely on the cards. But the spinners will also enjoy bowling here – Kuldeep Yadav picked up five wickets in the previous game in Colombo. The captain winning the toss is likely to bat first. Overall, 71 ODIs have been played at the R Premadasa, from which the average first innings score is 256.

The weather in Colombo will be mostly cloudy with a good chance of rain. In fact, rain has been forecast for the entire week in most parts of the country.

India team news and predicted XI

Team news: India are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI and do not have any injury concerns either.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (VC), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna.

Predicted XI: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Prasidh Krishna.

Sri Lanka team news and predicted XI

Team news: Sri Lanka do not have any injury concerns and after the kind of the journey have had to the tournament, they are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI.

Squad:  Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Janith Perera, Kusal Mendis (vc), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushan Hemantha, Binura Fernando, Pramod Madushan.

Predicted XI: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana

Head-to-head record

In the 50-over format, the two sides have squared off in a total of 165 matches, with India winning on 96 occasions. Sri Lanka won 57 times. Five matches produced no result. In the Asia Cup particularly, the two teams have met a total of 21 times. India have 10 wins while Sri Lanka have 11 wins.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for IND vs SL, Asia Cup 2023

Matheesha Pathirana – bowler, Sri Lanka

Apart from one bad day in the office, Matheesha Pathirana has been Sri Lanka’s wrecker-in-chief in the tournament so far. He picked up four wickets for just 32 runs against Bangladesh, and then three wickets for 58 runs against the same opponents in the Super 4. His bad day came against Afghanistan when he gave away more than 60 runs while managing to pick up only a single wicket. Very recently, he was also one of the leading wicket-takers in the Lanka Premier League.

Charith Asalanka – batsman, Sri Lanka 

Charith Asalanka scored an unbeaten 62 in the group stage game against Bangladesh under pressure, and then followed it up with knocks of 36 and 10 in the next two games. Asalanka boasts of an impressive batting average of 41.41 in 38 ODIs and will be looking to go all guns blazing in the next game to help Sri Lanka make it to the final.

Virat Kohli – batsman, India

Virat Kohli played a sensational knock against Pakistan in the previous game, a team that boasts some of the world’s best pacers. The former India captain remained unbeaten on 122 off just 94 deliveries. His innings was laced with nine boundaries and three sixes and came at a strike rate of almost 130. This will be remembered as one of the batsman’s best knocks in ODI cricket.

Kuldeep Yadav – bowler, India

Kuldeep Yadav was India’s match winner with the ball in the game against Pakistan, Making most of the spin friendly conditions on offer, the bowler picked up five wickets and will be looking for another match-winning spell at the same venue.

MPL fantasy XI – IND vs SL, Asia Cup 2023

IND vs SL – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The India vs Sri Lanka ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 3.30 PM IST on September 12.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.



Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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