IND vs SL Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Sep 17, 2023
We have now reached the culmination of the ongoing Asia Cup as Sri Lanka takes on India for the finals at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. India will look to extend its record of 7 Asia Cup titles, while the Sri Lankans will look to defend the trophy it won in 2022.
Sri Lanka vs India head-to-head record
Of the 166 matches played between the two teams, India has won 97, while Sri Lanka has won 57. 1 match ended in a tie, while 9 matches had no result.
Sri Lanka vs India Live-streaming and Broadcast
This match can be live-streamed on the Disney+ Hotstar App or can be watched live on the Star Sports Network.
IND vs SL Team Previews
Sri Lanka clinched a last-ball thriller on Thursday to set up a date with India for this Sunday’s Finals.
Given the state of Sri Lankan cricket just a year ago, the team has made a remarkable turnaround. The team has been marred by injuries even during the ongoing tournament but has shown remarkable resilience to make it to their 12th Asia Cup finals, which is the most for any team.
While most Sri Lankan players are not household names, they are a quality side who have risen to the occasion to fight against all odds. Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama are in prime form. Mendis scored a brilliant 91 in the last match, his third 50+ knock of the tournament, to keep the hosts in the hunt of a stiff target, and was well supported by Samarawickrama.
However, it was Charith Asalanka, who was the hero of the night as he managed to hold his nerve under the immense pressure and helped his team home at at the very last ball. There are a few things that Sri Lanka will look to iron out before Sunday’s match.
The openers have struggled throughout the tournament and will look to put up a better performance. The batting form of Dasun Shanaka also remains a concern. Matheesha Pathirana has been the pick of the bowlers with 11 wickets but he has often strayed with his line, giving away extras. Maheesh Theekshana picked up an injury during Thursday’s match and updates regarding his availability are awaited.
If he does miss this game, Dunith Wellalage will have a lot of responsibility on his young shoulders.
India Playing 11
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.
India has been clinical in its performance so far. Barring the loss against Bangladesh in the last match, they have dominated the opposition. From defeating arch-rivals Pakistan by a massive margin to ending Sri Lanka’s 13-match winning streak, Team India’s performance has been near flawless.
What is more heartening to see is that rather than depending on the individual excellence of a few players, the team has performed well as a unit. Rohit Sharma and Shubhman Gill have given the team good starts throughout the series, while Virat Kohli is getting back to his prime form.
With both, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan playing in the team, there is plenty of firepower in the middle order. Kuldeep Yadav has repaid the faith shown in him by the selectors and is the leading wicket-taker for India. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj will start the attack with the new ball, while Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja will try and squeeze the runs during the middle overs.
The loss to Bangladesh was a wakeupcall for the team, especially in conditions where the spinners dominate. They struggled against Wellelage in the previous match against Sri Lanka and will have to play to counter him. On a good batting wicket, we think India should be able to overpower Sri Lanka quite easily but on a turning wicket, the contest becomes much closer.
Sri Lanka Playing 11
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dunith Wellalage, Dushan Hemantha, Pramod Madushan, Matheesha Pathirana.
IND vs SL Toss Prediction
The team winning the toss will likely opt to bat first.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at R. Premadasa Stadium is well-balanced and isn’t the easiest to bat on. While India did score 356 runs against Pakistan, the rest of the teams have found it a bit difficult to get going after the bowlers. That said, once the batsmen settle down, they can play their shots. A score of about 260 is a par score. The spinners will be key for both teams.
The weather is once again likely to remain overcast and we will have some showers throughout the day.
There is however a reserve day for this game.
IND vs SL Betting Tips
Sri Lanka has played some inspiring cricket over the past couple of weeks and has earned their spot in the finals. However, defeating an in-form Indian team will be a huge ask and they might just fall short. Nevertheless, we can expect a close contest between the two teams.
Bet on India to win.
Bonus Cricket Bets
Both, Rohit Sharma and Shubhman Gill are in excellent form for India. They have put up two century stands, as well as one 50+ stand in the 4 matches so far. On the other hand, the Sri Lankan openers have struggled to perform.
3 of the 5 matches played here in this tournament have seen over 15 wickets fall, while the last match between India and Sri Lanka saw all 20 wickets go down. Given the quality of bowling on both sides, we are expecting a similar outcome in this match.
Pathirana is in excellent form in this tournament and has picked up 11 wickets so far, making him the leading wicket-taker. He has taken at least 3 wickets in 3 of his last 5 matches and we are backing him to bowl another good spell.