India is certainly on a high powered form following straightway wins in T20 matches. In the ongoing Asia T20 Cup, the victory stretch is kept unstained by the team winning two consecutive wins against Bangladesh, and Pakistan following. Today, India will fight Sri Lanka, one of the top teams in Asia. However, the pre-match victory prediction meter seems to gravitate towards India.
Sri Lanka is the team that faced a T20 series defeat before the Asia Cup. The squad lost six of eight T20 matches they played lately. On the other hand, India is exactly on the opposite pole, winning almost all T20 matches they played. However, India yielded in the first match against Sri Lanka in the earlier series. Still, Sri Lanka’s victory in the match could be accredited to an ‘over-confident’ stance of India following the victory over Australia.
Presently, India’s batting line, equipped with dependable players, is strong. Although in the last faceoff against Pakistan, the top order batting line was shattered, players like Kohli outshined some of the fastest bowlers. The match came to a point such that Shoaib Akhtar, the former pacer from Pakistan, did not hesitate to compare the Virat-Amir pair to that of Sachin and himself.
Additionally, India’s bowling attack seem to have improved since the Australia tour. Nehra finding his form back, Bumrah emerging as a rising star and Ashwin, the headstrong seam bowler have contrived a dexterous bowling front that cannot be ignored. In the series match at Vishakhapatnam, Sri Lanka was washed out for 82.
For Sri Lanka, the match is still an indefinite one. Lasith Malinga is out of shape again and the player might be absent in today’s match. If he is declared unfit, the team would be struck with a heavy blow. The team will have to depend on Ragana Herath, Mathews and Chameera. Mathews has been an astute bowler with effective spells. Following the track record, it can be concluded that batting is through a constant lacunae in the team and the attack must be spearheaded by bowlers.
The green ground of Mirpur would be a supporting factor for Sri Lanka to act against Indian batsmen. Emphasizing on defensive fielding and strong bowling would be decisive for the team today. For Indian batsmen, Mirpur pitch could be difficult. Kohli, in the last match against Pakistan, has outperformed the pacers and it is only a matter of contemplation how he would handle the seam bowlers from Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan will play in the match following his toe recovery and Ashwin is alert for the match as according to him Sri Lanka “will definitely raise their standards” in the “big game.”