Hosts and reigning champions Sri Lanka are set to face India for the first time in the current edition of the Asia Cup.
The game is scheduled for September 12 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
India come into the encounter on the back of playing two continuous days of cricket.
In this article, The Sporting News provides you with the predicted XIs, betting odds, and match prediction for the game involving India and Sri Lanka.
India vs Sri Lanka: Predicted XIs
Predicted XI for India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Predicted XI for Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana
India vs Sri Lanka Head-to-Head in ODIs
Sri Lanka and India have faced each other in 166 One Day Internationals. Sri Lanka has won 57 matches, while India has won 96 times, and 13 games ended in a no-result.
Both teams last met at Thiruvananthapuram in January 2023. The hosts recorded an emphatic win against Sri Lanka, defeating them by a whopping margin of 317 runs. Chasing 391 in 50 overs, the visitors were bundled out for meagre 73. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 166, while Mohammad Siraj bagged four wickets in the game.
India vs Sri Lanka: Weather forecast in Colombo
The forecast indicates overcast conditions with a decreasing chance of rain as the day progresses. However, the tournament has not been lucky and rain gods have been impatient on Colombo.
There is a 65% chance of rain, along with thunderstorms at the time of kick-off. The daytime high could reach 29 degrees, but temperatures are anticipated to decrease to around 26 degrees in the evening.
India vs Sri Lanka betting odds
India are the favorites to win the contest as per the betting odds.
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Asia Cup 2023 Super Fours: India vs Sri Lanka prediction
India are fresh from beating arch-rivals Pakistan comprehensively and will be the favourites against the reigning champions Sri Lanka on Thursday.
The only issue that Team India will face going into the Sri Lanka tie is fatigue as they will cricket for three consecutive days on a row.
Sri Lanka have been unbeaten this tournament, and their toughest test is certainly yet to come. The winner of the game could be in the driving seat for a place in the final.
The onus would be on Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana to stop Indian batters from scoring big again.