After twelve matches of some enthralling cricket and a lot of rain interruptions, we have finally reached the d-day. The defending champions of the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka, will face India in the Asia Cup 2023 final. India’s journey to the final was pretty smooth, with huge wins and no major hiccups.
Sri Lanka’s journey was also sailing smoothly, but the loss against India put them in a virtual semi-final against Pakistan. The Islanders managed to beat their co-hosts of the Asia Cup 2023 on the last ball of the match and set up a titanic clash with India.
The final match will be played on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The weather forecast for the match does not look good as it stands, but we have a reserve day for the final match of the tournament. The top bookmakers in India have amazing Asia Cup odds with them.
The Indian team is the favourite because they haven't lost a game yet in the competition.
The betting tip is...
India will win the match against Sri Lanka
All the pieces have fallen into place for Team India in this tournament right before the World Cup. The openers have given great starts. Virat Kohli is batting flawlessly; KL Rahul has made a huge comeback and Hardik Pandya is playing like a proper all-rounder.
Kuldeep Yadav is spinning his magic and pacer Mohammad Siraj is as fiery as ever, and seeing Jasprit Bumrah bowl again looks like he never left the 22 yards. The team that took the field against Sri Lanka in the last game is expected to be the one playing in this match as well.
The team that took the field against Sri Lanka in the last game is expected to be the one playing in this match as well.
Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel/Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Siraj
The hosts have found new heroes in this tournament who have stepped up in difficult situations. Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Matheesha Pathirana, and Dunith Wellalage have been sensational throughout the tournament and have played with great maturity and understanding.
If the Lankans want to beat India, it will require a collective team effort with everyone pitching in with crucial contributions through batting, bowling, or even fielding.
Kusal Mendis will be the key, as he is the leading run-getter in the tournament. They are expected to field the same playing 11 in the final.
Predicted Lineup: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madhushan, and Matheesha Pathirana
The key battleground in this clash will be the proficiency of Indian batsmen against the Sri Lankan spinners and the Lankan batsmen's ability to decipher Kuldeep Yadav's spin. The team that navigates spin bowling more effectively and manages to secure all ten wickets will likely emerge victorious and claim the Asia Cup 2023 trophy.
Given India's current team form and the wealth of experience possessed by their players, we predict an Indian win and their triumphant lifting of the Asia Cup 2023 trophy.