The day is finally here. The Asia Cup 2023 is set to end with a mouthwatering clash between Team India and Sri Lanka. The India vs Sri Lanka (IND vs SL) final is scheduled to be played from 03:00 PM IST on Sunday (September 17) at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The match will be between the top two most successful teams in the history of the Asia Cup. India have won the title seven times and will be looking to extend their record while Sri Lanka, who are also the defending champions, have won it six times and will be eyeing a record-equaling win.
India will enter the final on the back of a six-run loss against Bangladesh. They had rested a number of key players for the match and won’t be too bothered with the loss. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be full of confidence after their impressive win over Pakistan and will be looking to make the most of the momentum.
Date and time: September 17, 2023, Sunday; 09:30 am GMT | 03:00 pm local | 03:00 pm IST
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Barring India’s innings against Pakistan where they scored 356, most teams including India have struggled to score big at the R. Premadasa Stadium. One can expect a similar contest in the final too. In the last Super 4 game, Bangladesh successfully defended 265 against India.
Earlier this week, India had also defended a modest total of 213 runs against Sri Lanka. The dry conditions have made it tough for the batsmen. The spinners are expected to play a crucial role once again. The last time India and Sri Lanka met in the ongoing tournament, the spinners had picked up an astonishing 16 of the 20 wickets.
Wicketkeeper – Kusal Mendis
Batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill (c), Pathum Nissanka
Allrounders – Dhananjaya de Silva, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Dunith Wellalage
Bowlers – Mohammad Siraj (vc), Matheesha Pathirana
Choice 1: Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj
Choice 2: Virat Kohli, Pathum Nissanka
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